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Joe Vitt: Saints never taught players to injure other players

Joe Vitt, Pierson Prioleau AP

Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said at a press conference Tuesday afternoon that, despite the findings of the NFL’s investigation into the team’s bounty scandal, the New Orleans coaching staff did not instruct the Saints to try to hurt players on other teams.

“We never taught any of our players when they crossed the white line to injure another player,” Vitt said. “I’m going to answer that question, but guys, I’d like to move on to football if I can.”

Vitt said repeatedly during the press conference that he’d rather talk about the future of the football team than the past of the bounty scandal, but he was asked about it anyway, and he did acknowledge that the audio tape of Gregg Williams exhorting the Saints to injure players on the 49ers sounds damning. However, Vitt said that the Saints should be judged on what they did, not on what they said.

“I regret the words that were spoken in meetings,” Vitt said. “And, again, I’m going to say this one last time, and players in our league know this: What you do on the field speaks so well that there’s no need for what you say. And the body of work of our players on the field has spoken well. And I don’t think that you acquire the players that we have and the coaches that have come here unless you’re a first-class organization. And that’s what we have here.”

Vitt is the interim head coach because Sean Payton is suspended for the entire year, but Vitt himself will also be suspended for his role in the bounty scandal. Vitt said he doesn’t know who will serve as the interim interim head coach during Vitt’s six-game suspension at the start of the season, other than that it will be “whoever can best serve.”

“I’m not going to take Sean Payton’s place — I’m like a substitute teacher, and I’m not going to try to take his place,” Vitt said. “I don’t know that we’ve ever said I’m the interim head coach here. Has anyone ever said that? I’m the assistant head coach. Sean’s not here right now, so I’m taking Sean’s place while he’s not here.”

A major issue facing Vitt’s team is that Saints quarterback Drew Brees is still unsigned as the team’s franchise player, but Vitt said he’s confident that a deal will get done.

“Drew has earned the right to negotiate this contract, and he’s negotiating his contract with one of the best guys in the National Football League in Mickey Loomis,” Vitt said. “This will get worked out. All we can do is coach the guys who are here.”

Vitt also backed up Loomis in the ESPN report that he eavesdropped on opposing coaches, calling it “ludicrous” and “impossible” and “I just know it’s not true.”

Ultimately, Vitt expressed confidence that the Saints will have a good football team in 2012.

“The last thing Sean said to everyone in this building was, ‘Do your job. Do your job,'” Vitt said. “And everybody in this organization will do their job.”

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  1. dzor22 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:23 PM

    These characters are out of control. OK Joe V; what was the suspension for? Wasn’t there confessions? How dare the NFL pick on the poor Saints and make this stuff up!

  2. ammarradhi says: Apr 24, 2012 5:24 PM

    “We never taught any of our players when they crossed the white line to injure another player”

    Even when Greg Williams is telling his players where to hit Alex Smith, and the reciever that has concussions, would all of the saints organization just shut up! I am guessing Drew Brees wants an explanation for this too

  3. wetpaperbag3 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    Joe Vitt: Saints never taught players to injure other players
    ====================================

    Except that your boy was caught on tape telling his players to go for a concussed player’s head, a tight end’s ankles, and the ACL of a wide receiver just to see if that WR has any heart or if he’s a wannabe baller.

  4. jnd666 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    On trial for high
    Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft done or Committed by them
    Upon the Bodys of Bret Favre. Kurt Warner Upon Som: or
    all of them, of Salem Village or farm[es] whereby great hurt and
    dammage benne donn[e] to the Bodys of s’d persons above named
    therefore Craved Justice

  5. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:30 PM

    Credibility: zero

  6. thebigcaptain2011 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:34 PM

    Ok, so let me get this straight: There is evidence that it was taught. You were punished for coaching it despite the fact you were warned three times to stop. The DC who is at the center of all this has admitted to doing so. Depite all of this Joe Vitt still feels the need to deny it. This is why the Saints orginization has no credibility when it comes to the new accusations. There are people in the orginization who are still denying things about the bounty desoite the fact the smoking gun is on the internet for public consumption. At first I though all of this “wiregate” stuff was a witch hunt, but after hearing this clown talk I am starting to lean to the other side of this. It looks like the Saints have a huge orginizational problem that has to be fixed.

  7. genericuser8888 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    I listened to the press conference. Joe Vitt sounds like one angry dude. It was like listening to a pep rally.

    Saints are going to crush teams this year.

    You can thank Roger Goodell when the Saints roll through your town and run up the score. You can think “at least Sean Payton held them back a little”, cause it’s obvious that Joe Vitt and the Saints are on a mission.

    If you don’t believe me, go listen to the conference.

  8. dat504 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    I believe what Coach Vitt said. I’ve talked to 4 defensive players that have said the same thing. Those guys said the would never intentionally hurt another player. Yes, money was paid for big hits, ints, and sacks. These guys are going to play hard and win the NFC South

  9. saint4life says: Apr 24, 2012 5:37 PM

    People did you hear what he said or tea the transcript, he said that he regrets the words spoken. He didn’t say they were headhunters. The words they used were wrong but at no point did any saints defender act upon any of the statements made in the 49ers game or any other game.

  10. staugslugga says: Apr 24, 2012 5:37 PM

    Every team uses the same language, the saints got caught. People who act like this is just a saints-specific issue are foolish. See NYG in NFCCG

  11. sbxxix says: Apr 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    Right, we all agree. You never taught them to injure players, you simply paid them to hurt players. As the Cheetos Cheeta would say: “Yes we know”

  12. cliffordc05 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    Then why did Williams accept his punishment without appeal? Move on Joe and please shut the old pie hole.

  13. cgarsmoker says: Apr 24, 2012 5:41 PM

    I LOVE the constant denials of this organization.

    It takes real balls to repeatedly poke somebody in the eye with a stick while continually denying poking them in the eye with a stick. Especially after you are warned to stop, ignored the warning, got recorded on tape instructing you people to do it, then…..later admitted and apologized for poking people in the eye with a stick. Yet you still deny it. Amazing.

  14. ghostofnflpresent says: Apr 24, 2012 5:42 PM

    This time the glove Vitts…Guilty!

  15. thejuddstir says: Apr 24, 2012 5:43 PM

    This continuation of “denials” proves the Taints* just don’t “get it”, I say Goodell send them another message that says “either shut the hell up or get ready for more sanctions”.

  16. nineroutsider says: Apr 24, 2012 5:46 PM

    “And I don’t think that you acquire the players that we have and the coaches that have come here unless you’re a first-class organization. And that’s what we have here.”

    This was the funniest thing I read all day until I read this:

    “On trial for high
    Suspition of Sundry acts of Witchcraft done or Committed by them
    Upon the Bodys of Bret Favre. Kurt Warner Upon Som: or
    all of them, of Salem Village or farm[es] whereby great hurt and
    dammage benne donn[e] to the Bodys of s’d persons above named
    therefore Craved Justice”

    Now that is good. Even if posted by yet another whiny Saints fan it is good…very good. Well done.

  17. timbo50 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:48 PM

    Where are Joe and Sean going to get their oxy now that they are suspended. These two are unreal and Baby Drew is right there as well

  18. ascensionparish says: Apr 24, 2012 5:48 PM

    I listened to it live. Vitt doesn’t mess around, and this team is going to be ready.

  19. profootballwalk says: Apr 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    Sean Payton took full responsibility for what didn’t happen. Greg Williams is truly remorseful for what he didn’t do. And Joe Vitt is delirious.

  20. drexelvol says: Apr 24, 2012 5:49 PM

    I don’t think that’s something you have to teach.

  21. politebat says: Apr 24, 2012 5:50 PM

    like the person before me said…can you people read…..he said “look at what we did” we never hurt anyone. nothing happend to Alec Smith or Crabtree….if they were trying to hurt those guys, it would have happend. one guy the last 4 years has been carted off during a saints game….it was a saints player. if they wanted players to hurt others players…why do free agents keep coming to play for them? stop the witch hunt…lets just play football.

  22. lks311 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:51 PM

    Just Stop.

  23. bicboi011 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:52 PM

    In this day where tv stations can make highlight videos in just a few seconds going in and out of commericals…how about someone make one that highlights all the boutny hits Saints players have made in the past 3 years. We have the technology to do this. Hell, I can watch Jerome Simpson do a front flip into the endzone from 5 different camera angles.

    Determine which hits were bounty hits, compile them in a video, and state how much each player received for each corresponding hit. You can even do it in slow motion too, just for effect. Can’t be that hard, right?

  24. rolltide510 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:52 PM

    I guess what Vitt is saying is that they didn’t literally devote practice time to teaching the specific way to hit somebody that has the best chance in tearing a ligament, they simply provided an incentive for the players to figure it out themselves.

  25. smirk11 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:55 PM

    dzor22 says: Apr 24, 2012 5:23 PM

    These characters are out of control. OK Joe V; what was the suspension for? Wasn’t there confessions? How dare the NFL pick on the poor Saints and make this stuff up!
    —————————————————-

    No, there have been NO confessions.

    Everyone within the organization, and all former players that have been interviewed have denied a Pay for Injury scheme. They HAVE admitted to a pay for performance scheme, that 31 other NFL teams have run in the past.

    The fact of the matter is, they may have done what is alleged, but there has BEEN NO EVIDENCE released to anyone at any time.

    I don’t know why you little blind lemmings don’t question that. If you it were a murder trial, you would sure as hell want the evidence.

  26. sportmentary says: Apr 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    saint4kife I did tea the comments. he said:
    “We never taught any of our players when they crossed the white line to injure another player,” Vitt said. “I’m going to answer that question, but guys, I’d like to move on to football if I can.”

    The tapes clearly show he was not telling the truth. The tapes clearly showed a coach teaching his defense how to injure a player. You and all other CheatOrleans Saints fans can live in denial but the evidence is overwhelming. Try to live with that. Try to live with the fact that not only is your team the biggest embarrassment in NFL history, they tried to deny it.

    At least the Patriots had some coconuts and took their penalty in stride. Pats fans also grew some coconuts and didn’t go on boards, denying that they cheated.

    CheatOrleans fans remind me of Chokeouver Cantucks fans. They can’t ever own up to the pitfalls of their team. You guys should embrace each other.

  27. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    Sad delusional fans trying to support this train wreck. You know what they say about karma….?

    And NO stagsluga- ALL teams don’t talk about cutting off the head and tearing ACLs. Pathetic.

  28. mp42245 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:01 PM

    All the trash talkers here could only wish their team made any kind of news. It reminds me so much of Spygate. All they did was go all the way to SB undefeated.

  29. truthfactory says: Apr 24, 2012 6:05 PM

    His statements would sound believable… Had all of America not heard the audio of Greg Williams instruct his guys to go for Crabtrees’ ACL

  30. realdealsteel says: Apr 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    Except that your boy was caught on tape telling his players to go for a concussed player’s head, a tight end’s ankles, and the ACL of a wide receiver just to see if that WR has any heart or if he’s a wannabe baller.
    *******************************************
    But in actuality, the Saints were in the bottom quarter of league teams in the Greg Williams years in opposing teams injuries. That’s a documented fact!!

    Williams was just talking. Period. And again, if you ask Antonio Pierce, Darren Woodson and Mike Gholic, they are saying that coaches talk like that ALL THE TIME!

    Goodall and his goonies have no actual proof that the Saints did anything wrong. None. That’s my whole point. The on the field actions of the Saints defense don’t match what Williams is saying. And in the end, that’s all that matters.

  31. sfsaintsfan says: Apr 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    Again,

    Over a three year period, NOT ONE opposing player was the subject of a cart-off or knock-out by the Saints Defense as a result of an illegal hit. NOT ONE!

    You can delete this as many times as you want to, but you will not change the facts.

  32. goodolebaghead says: Apr 24, 2012 6:14 PM

    In b4 majority of posters take all facts involving this out of context and spin them to suit there own personal opinions.

  33. cali49er707 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    even if they were told to do so………

    RULE#1 AMONGST PLAYERS @ ANY LEVEL

    play hard but you never play to intentionally hurt another player, if it happens then god bless & u keep playing hard, but its part of this great game!!!!

    they all are competitive but they are not heartless animals!!!! i would never believe or hope any player would do that purposely !!!!

  34. xxwhodatxx says: Apr 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    This storyline is waaaaay old and so are all the same comments from the ppl who visit this site. No sense in defending or arguing abt it. All this BS will be sorted out on gameday and I wouldn’t wanna be on the other side of the field when the Saints come to town.

  35. jimr10 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    It would seem to me the prudent thing for Saints players and coaches is to keep their mouths shut.
    Every time one of them comes out to deny…they lose credibility..

  36. skittlesareyum says: Apr 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    “We never taught any of our players when they crossed the white line to injure another player,”

    “And, again, I’m going to say this one last time, and players in our league know this: What you do on the field speaks so well that there’s no need for what you say.”

    Joe, there’s no doubt that Gregg Williams was teaching his defense to injure others. What is not clear is whether any of the players actually followed his instructions, but it still means they were being taught to injure.

  37. skittlesareyum says: Apr 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    sfsaintsfan says:
    Apr 24, 2012 6:07 PM
    Again,

    Over a three year period, NOT ONE opposing player was the subject of a cart-off or knock-out by the Saints Defense as a result of an illegal hit. NOT ONE!

    You can delete this as many times as you want to, but you will not change the facts.

    So really, the question becomes why did Saints management and players put up with a blowhard coach who was being ignored by his own players? Or did Gregg never notice how despite his instructions to go after ACLs and heads that no one was actually getting injured? Neither option speaks well for the Saints organization.

  38. melikefootball says: Apr 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    Isn’t this like kicking a dead horse???????????

  39. Deb says: Apr 24, 2012 6:31 PM

    Obviously Vitt was responding to a question at his press conference–and just as obviously, the press are going to keep asking the same, stupid question. The Saints may not want Parcells for their interim coach, but they could use him for some press counseling.

    Instead of saying they never taught players to injure when Williams clearly did give that instruction, Vitt should just say, “Move on.” Next time they bring it up, “Move on.” After five more “Move ons,” end the session and leave. If he does that every day, at some point they’ll find a new question.

    Yeah, the Saints deserved their suspensions, but now Vitt has a job to do and he needs to stop letting these baboons keep him wallowing in the mud.

  40. purpleguy says: Apr 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    Completely unrelated, but why in heck is he sweating so much in that picture?

  41. goodolebaghead says: Apr 24, 2012 6:44 PM

    @Deb, exactly!

    Posters want them to shut up. But every press conference is nothing but questions regarding it. Any source in NOLA makes a comment, the press goes out of their way to spin it.

    Watching that OTL feature on Loomis, they reported as if it had factually happened, period. Yes, they snuck a lot of alledgedlys in there, but the fact is they slandered Loomis without an ounce of proof.

    I hope the Saints horribly crush every opponent this year, and I hope there is a record number of cart offs with proof of no bounty system. What are you all gonna say then?

  42. soia311 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:47 PM

    No, they just encouraged it and rewarded it. When are these guys going to shut up and take their damn punishment already? I hate all of them. I’m embarrassed to have once respected that organization.

  43. bearsandjazz says: Apr 24, 2012 6:54 PM

    What an awesome selection of words Vitt…. “we never taught”….no you jut encouraged and rewarded players to injure others. There definitely is a difference but lets be honest I don’t think any of these athletes needed to be taught how to properly injure someone.

  44. downdabayou says: Apr 24, 2012 7:06 PM

    I love Saints haters, wish I could talk face to face with them, bet I could sell them a bridge somewhere. The dumbest statements I have ever heard. I would sue the NFL, they knew for three years this was going on, suppose the Saints players had killed someone in those three years. Reality, the Saints are one of the least penalized teams in the league since Sean and Mickey have been there. Haters, do some research for yourself, don’t be a bumbbee. ( probably don’t get that either).

  45. geauxmez says: Apr 24, 2012 7:12 PM

    It’s good to finally hear from Vitt. Every Saints fan has been waiting for a friendly voice for quite some time. He speaks with moral, It’s going to be a good season. Regardless of the record, this makes the Saints stronger.

    As for the Saints haters, listen to the ENTIRE audio from the Williams tape before you run your mouth. He talks about NOT inflicting injuries, and alludes to using violent terminology to compliment a violent sport. I never liked Williams, but the constant and ignorant remarks are getting old. The only thing I know, is when the Saints beat your team this year, you will have zero excuses. The first and last think I will ever tell bandwagon hater is one big WHOOOO DAAAAAAAAAAT!?

  46. granadafan says: Apr 24, 2012 7:21 PM

    Players already know how to injure another player as they’ve been playing the game their whole lives. However, they’re supposed to be good sportsmen. Give them the incentive (financial) and encouragement from coaches then you have bountygate. Saints fans can incorrectly blame the commissioner or stay in denial, but it’s obvious to the rest of the sane and rationale sports fans across the nation.

  47. realdealsteel says: Apr 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    What’s so funny is that the majority of posters are morons. The NFL has no game day evidence to support a bounty. They have lockerroom talk, but no on the field evidence that the players were out there trying to hurt anybody. As a matter of fact, the on the field evidence says they were one of the cleanest teams!

    But you idiots who are in favor of this keep on ball washing Goodall blindly. The rest of us can think for ourselves and actually do research too.

    Goodall is completely out of control.

  48. CKL says: Apr 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    To all you Saints fans who believe that they will be motivated and roll to the SB, I would agree you’d have a shot…IF you still had Payton on the sidelines. Losing a HC of that caliber isn’t some nothing deal. Remember those days when you had a bunch of talent but Haslett as your HC?

  49. mdd913 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:51 PM

    CKL says: Apr 24, 2012 7:38 PM

    To all you Saints fans who believe that they will be motivated and roll to the SB, I would agree you’d have a shot…IF you still had Payton on the sidelines. Losing a HC of that caliber isn’t some nothing deal. Remember those days when you had a bunch of talent but Haslett as your HC?

    ————————————————————–

    If the Colts can go 14-2 and make it to the Superbowl with Payton Manning while Jim Caldwell stares blankly into space blowing spit bubbles, you’re damn skippy the Saints (a much more talented team) can have a similar season with Drew Brees while Sean Payton watches from the comfort of his living room recliner.

  50. teal379 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    realdealsteel says:Apr 24, 2012 7:30 PM

    What’s so funny is that the majority of posters are morons. The NFL has no game day evidence to support a bounty. They have lockerroom talk, but no on the field evidence that the players were out there trying to hurt anybody. As a matter of fact, the on the field evidence says they were one of the cleanest teams!

    But you idiots who are in favor of this keep on ball washing Goodall blindly. The rest of us can think for ourselves and actually do research too.

    Goodall is completely out of control.

    *******************************************

    The irony of someone who can’t tell the difference between intent and results calling others morons.

    News flash – the intent or incentive is still against the rules – even if it doesn’t happen. It’s not the NFL’s fault the Saints couldn’t deliver on what they intented and PAID players to do. Doesn’t change the fact that they TRIED to do it.

    THAT’S why they’re being hit with the consequences.

  51. stevenfbrackett says: Apr 24, 2012 7:59 PM

    At this point I am beginning to wonder what the NFL equivalent to the “Death Penalty” is, because it is crystal clear that the Saints flat out refuse to abide by any of the league rules, while continuing to claim that they follow them all to the letter even the ones they have already admitted to not following.

  52. theytukrjobs says: Apr 24, 2012 8:11 PM

    Yeah, we get it. You guys don’t think there is anything wrong with the way you run your organization. Greg Williams said it himself, “We don’t apologize for how we play the game”.

    The more I hear these cheating scoundrels defend their actions the more sickening it is. “yes I know it SOUNDS damning”. “I’m sorry for what has happened.”

    Seriously their non-apologies stop just short of the classic “we’re sorry you feel this way.”

    Greg Williams is the only person who has truly apologized for this, because his apology acknowledged that he knew what he was doing was wrong and that he’s sick about his own actions (whether the words are true or not is another story, but at least he gave a real apology).

    Yet Williams will never coach again and Loomis, Payton, and Vitt will be back at it scheming new ways to cheat the corners of the system. Finding ways to intercept opponent signals, cheat the CBA to motivate their players in ways other teams can’t, etc. Hell they’ll probably even use this bounty stuff as a rallying cry rather than a shameful event that they want to atone for as a team.

  53. saints4evah says: Apr 24, 2012 8:12 PM

    Stand strong Saints fans…Vitt is saying it like it is. YOu had coaches making inappropriate statements that gets all ^these people’s pink panties in a twist…but no Saints players took dirty shots. We got this. Stay strong…thse folks’ opinions mean nothing…juist witch hunters wanting their teams to do through penalties what their players couldn’t do on the field…which is keep us out of a playoff hunt every year.
    Who Dat 4 evah boys!!! See ya’ll whining on the board after your teams get their tails whipped by the big bad wolves of the league. Geaux Saints!!!

  54. 2dollarpbrs says: Apr 24, 2012 8:28 PM

    On a related note Joe Vitt does not know the definition of a bounty system!!

  55. stanklepoot says: Apr 24, 2012 8:30 PM

    saint4life says: Apr 24, 2012 5:37 PM

    People did you hear what he said or tea the transcript, he said that he regrets the words spoken. He didn’t say they were headhunters. The words they used were wrong but at no point did any saints defender act upon any of the statements made in the 49ers game or any other game.
    ________________________________
    You seem to be forgetting the guy who was recorded on the sideline during the NFC conference championship game bragging that he was going to be collecting $10,000 when he thought he knocked Favre out of the game. Too bad for that guy that Favre was too tough and had too little concern for his own long term health. When Favre came back into the game, that guy’s payout was dramatically reduced. And no, I’m not a Vikings fan complaining about that game. Just pointing out yet another piece of physical evidence that counters yet another excuse for why what the Saints did supposedly wasn’t so bad. I swear, some of these people could be soaked to the bone and still deny it’s raining outside. they’d claim it was simply a sprinkler incident, despite the fact that it was dry inside and wet as heck outside.

  56. jody9235 says: Apr 24, 2012 8:33 PM

    And of course a comment gets deleted that makes any kind of sense and brings to current other players from other teams have said the same thing as GW but without even a warning from the leauge. Let’s sEe how long this stays posted……Oh yeah Giants and 49er players talked pretty rough too didn’t thet football world.

  57. youallrfools says: Apr 24, 2012 9:05 PM

    It’s official. Saints fans are delusional and obnoxious as Packers fans. I’m fairly certain if research was done we would find a direct relationship between their low IQ, added with today’s alcohol consumption and how much we all just wish they would crawl into a hole and go away so every article doesn’t become a pissing match between those idiots and reasonable sports fans.

  58. vtopa says: Apr 24, 2012 9:05 PM

    genericuser8888 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 5:35 PM
    I listened to the press conference. Joe Vitt sounds like one angry dude. It was like listening to a pep rally.

    Saints are going to crush teams this year.

    You can thank Roger Goodell when the Saints roll through your town and run up the score. You can think “at least Sean Payton held them back a little”, cause it’s obvious that Joe Vitt and the Saints are on a mission.

    If you don’t believe me, go listen to the conference.
    ———————————————-

    WELL SAID!!!

  59. fusion3450 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:09 PM

    so many of you THINK you know what you are talking about. how many of you actually have read things other than on this site? how many facts do you know? your opinion does not matter

  60. savannahrose44 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:13 PM

    To those of you who insist Williams was “just talking…”

    We live in America where you do in fact have the freedom to say what you please. That does not however mean that you cannot be held accountable for what comes out of your mouth. If you slander someone, if you threaten someone it is a crime and you can be punished for it.

    Williams said “take out the head of Frank Gore.” Williams said “Crabtree becomes human when you take out his ACL.” These are threatening statements at the least and contracts to injure someone at the worst. He and the Saints are lucky there are not legal charges being filed in court on this matter. He was caught on both video and audio tape making these statements, and it would hold up in a court of law as he was not being taped without consent or knowledge. The man who made the tape had permission to do so. Stop defending a criminal please.

  61. mogogo1 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:18 PM

    Rule #1 of getting out of a hole is to stop digging. But the Saints keep digging deeper every day. They just refuse to take responsibility and let the story die.

    Vitt talks like there wasn’t a tape of Williams from just a few months ago telling guys to hurt players. What does he think his suspension is all about?

  62. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 24, 2012 9:35 PM

    CKL says:
    Apr 24, 2012 7:38 PM
    To all you Saints fans who believe that they will be motivated and roll to the SB, I would agree you’d have a shot…IF you still had Payton on the sidelines. Losing a HC of that caliber isn’t some nothing deal. Remember those days when you had a bunch of talent but Haslett as your HC?
    _______
    a bunch of talent?
    Where was a bunch of talent? Are you talking about Joe Horn and Ricky Williams?

    I don’t need to go on and on about what held the Saints back those years.

    Two words for you buddy: AARON BROOKS

  63. genericuser8888 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:43 PM

    Vitt said that they chose regretful “words” but never taught players to injure other players.

    I’m still waiting for someone to produce that list of “cart-offs” from 2009-2011 and prove him wrong.

    My thoughts: Hey, media, NFL, and Goodell, produce the list of injuries and cart-offs or gtfo.

    I respect that you gotta have a story. But weeks of bounty-gate coverage without anyone discussing the injuries that ACTUALLY OCCURRED is getting a little ridiculous. It’s like the media is intentionally avoiding discussing three years of football and just focusing on one game where Farve took a (mostly legal) beating.

    Mike, if you want a bunch of hits, do some research and produce the list. Good or bad, the list would give people something NEW to talk about in regards to bountygate and would help put what actually occurred on-field in perspective. I don’t get the feeling that you’re a huge Saints fan, but as a media guy, it’d be nice if you or someone in the media actually look at what injuries occurred and gave us a fair shake. After all, I’m sure the NFLPA is going to ask for direct on-field evidence. It’d be nice if someone in the media got the jump on that.

  64. longdrivesaint says: Apr 24, 2012 9:55 PM

    Mickey and the Saints org. should sue the disgruntled accuser, ESPN, and anybody else involved in this slandering act after this is proven to be false. This is a disgrace. Are u people that miserable everyday of your short lives that u have to stoop this low. Get a life which includes common sense or crawl back under your rock. U people spew your ignorance on here everyday and just confirm it by some of the posts attached to this story.

  65. mtrhead269 says: Apr 24, 2012 10:37 PM

    Hey Joe you got a spare vicodin

  66. silentcount says: Apr 24, 2012 11:52 PM

    You’ll notice how players on all other teams (except kickers) have not been too quick to condemn the Saints. Why? “Well, duh, we’re all trying to hit the other guys hard enough to hurt them. Yeah, the guys might buy you dinner or something if you make a big play. And yeah, when getting worked up before a game we say things like, kill those guys coming into our house.” So now, everyone’s willing to let Goodell distract their attention towards a fabricated villian as his defense against the concussion lawsuits.

  67. nathanbetz91 says: Apr 25, 2012 3:23 AM

    How would you even teach a person how to injure someone else? You would think that’s just basic knowledge. Like its not hard.

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