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Cris Carter admits to using bounties during his career

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On Monday, former NFL receiver Cris Carter provided great insight regarding the concussion issue during ESPN’s Outside the Lines.  On Tuesday, Carter chimed in on the other big issue in the NFL.

Actually, it was more than a chime.  It was a freaking gong.

Carter told ESPN Radio’s Hill & Schlereth that Carter placed cash bounties on opposing players during his career.

I’m guilty of it,” Carter said.  “It’s the first time I’ve ever admitted it.  But I put a bounty on guys before.  I put bounties on guys.  And the guys tried to take me out, a guy tried to take a cheap shot on me, I put a bounty on him, right now.”

“A money bounty?” Mark Schlereth asked.

“Absolutely,” Carter said.

“Protect me. . . .  Protect me from him. . . .  Especially if he’s playing a different position where I can’t protect myself,” Carter said.  “I’d tell one of them guards, ‘Hey man, this dude is after me, man.  Bill Romanowski.’  He told me he’s gonna me out before the game, in warmups.  No problem.  ‘I’m gonna end your career, Carter.’  No problem.  I put a little change on his head before the game.  Protect myself, protect my family.  That’s the league that I grew up in.”

Asked whether he was the only one to do that, Carter was emphatic:  “Heck no!”

Carter added that he has no regrets.  “Matter of fact, if I see a couple of them dudes that was trying to cheap shot me walking through ESPN, I’d put a bounty on them right now.”

Carter explained that the bounty was “based on protection or big hit, excitement or helping your team win, it wasn’t to maim or hurt the dude.”  And that sounds a lot like how the Saints would explain the use of bounties from 2009 through 2011, if any of them were to admit to it and/or if there were evidence of it.

Carter also said that he was in the Eagles locker room for the 1989 Bounty Bowl, and that he was present when former Eagles coach Buddy Ryan “put the bounties on the guys.”  Carter said he disregarded those types of bounties, but other players didn’t.  “I saw guys getting wiped out, guys going for the money,” Carter said.

Later in the interview, Carter said that bounties also were used by the Vikings to protect players like Randy Moss, Daunte Culpepper, and Randall Cunningham.

Carter’s remarks generally support the notion that bounties have indeed been part of the game for a long time before the Saints were caught using them.  But the league has shown no inclination to look any deeper into history than the 2009 through 2011 Saints — probably because the league realizes that the rabbit hole runs far deeper than anyone realizes.

And so the NFL instead has opted to make an example of the Saints and to hope that, moving forward, no one “puts a little change” on anyone’s head before a game.  Or during a game.  Or ever.

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156 Responses to “Cris Carter admits to using bounties during his career”
  1. xstaticonradio says: May 8, 2012 9:17 PM

    Anything to get his name back in the headlines

  2. dubaradhandi says: May 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    Now he is really not going to the hall. What a shame?

  3. lolb23 says: May 8, 2012 9:19 PM

    In before PFT story saying Chris Carter was “misunderstood” and takes it all back.

  4. negativeman89 says: May 8, 2012 9:19 PM

    Not that I’m any fan of Carter, but Bill Romanowski had any and all bounties coming his way.

  5. truthfactory says: May 8, 2012 9:19 PM

    No one ever said Saints were the only ones doin it… But they might have been the only ones doin it after being warned several times by the league to knock it off, and they just ignored the warnings… Everyone speeds…. But you got caught.

  6. bagjr387 says: May 8, 2012 9:20 PM

    Just cant leave this subject alone already? Just when Seau’s story was losing coverage….

  7. 7ransponder says: May 8, 2012 9:20 PM

    It doesn’t matter – someone has to take the fall and the Saints screwed up – sucks to be you, move on and deal with the consequences.

  8. lolb23 says: May 8, 2012 9:20 PM

    Weed is illegal too, but everyone does it. But only the dumbest people who do get busted for it. Just sayin’

  9. zapzap12 says: May 8, 2012 9:21 PM

    The NfL is getting to crazy…..Money has wrecked this
    What else dont we know…..MY GOODNESS..

  10. wtfchiefs says: May 8, 2012 9:21 PM

    And a few years later they all sued the NFL

  11. tigers182 says: May 8, 2012 9:23 PM

    I feel like he just says things to get people to talk about him. If the new controversy was players were caught peeing on their opponents, he’d say he invented that.

  12. bedo1234 says: May 8, 2012 9:23 PM

    I think the word “bounty” is what makes this sound so bad. If he said “I’ll give you guys 100 bucks to focus on #52 more then you usually would” this whole “bountygate” thing would be a little different.

    In other news, I wish this would just go away…

  13. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 8, 2012 9:24 PM

    Well if you listen to the pinheads on this site, you would think the Saints invented the bounty system but fortunately the intelligent football fan has known this has been going on since the days of the leather helmet.

  14. reaser2 says: May 8, 2012 9:24 PM

    Vikings had bounties, put an asterisk next to their 1998 Champio…..oh wait

  15. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    Does this mean the Vikings have to return their Super Bowl championships?

  16. bozosforall says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    truthfactory says:
    May 8, 2012 9:19 PM
    No one ever said Saints were the only ones doin it… But they might have been the only ones doin it after being warned several times by the league to knock it off, and they just ignored the warnings… Everyone speeds…. But you got caught.

    ___
    Tell that to the crybaby Pats fans.

  17. blacknole08 says: May 8, 2012 9:26 PM

    Does anyone really value a word that comes out of Cris Carter’s mouth?

  18. bradwins says: May 8, 2012 9:27 PM

    Good. Hopefully this will ensure he never gets in the hall of fame.

    How does Carter have a job in the media? The guy that parks the carriages at the grocery store down the street is brilliant compared to Carter. Nobody values or respects his opinions. Please take mercy on football fans and get this guy off of my TV.

  19. baddorange says: May 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    If this gives that sanctimonious phony Goodell a black eye, so much the better

  20. steelerhypocrite says: May 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    A lot of catches and a lot of talk from this guy…but no championships. Go back to smoking your crack pipe, Crissy and dream of having Megatrons ability.

  21. drewsg says: May 8, 2012 9:30 PM

    …. 120 days till kickoff!

  22. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:30 PM

    Truthfactory says:
    No one ever said Saints were the only ones doin it… But they might have been the only ones doin it after being warned several times by the league to knock it off, and they just ignored the warnings… Everyone speeds…. But you got caught.

    Roger Goodall In his investigation of Greg Williams previous employers found no Bounties.

  23. boswivel says: May 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    Cris, if you buy the Vikes a stadium and put that story to bed, I’ll forgive you.

  24. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: May 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    These stories are getting repetitive. It’s obvious where PFT’s thoughts are since they say the same thing in each article. Who cares what the history is, this is now, it has no bearing on what the saints did.

  25. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    Why not appoint an Independent council to investigate every team every for bounties. Then issue a summary of the evidence, while issuing the same penalties the Saints got.

  26. cronybomb says: May 8, 2012 9:32 PM

    Cris Carter will literally say anything to get attention nowadays.

  27. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:33 PM

    Roger Goodall needs an explanation.

  28. hendeeze says: May 8, 2012 9:34 PM

    Watch out Chris, Romo is still after you.

  29. hailtotheredskins1982 says: May 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    C’mon man!!

  30. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    lolb23 | May 8, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT
    Weed is illegal too, but everyone does it. But only the dumbest people who do get busted for it. Just sayin’

    When is your trial? Just sayin’

  31. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 8, 2012 9:36 PM

    BAN HIM FROM THE HALL OF FAME! LOL Like he was gonna get in anyways. hahaha

  32. outlawshark says: May 8, 2012 9:37 PM

    “Cris Carter admits to using bounties during his career”

    There is no shame in your choice of paper towels.

  33. trbowman says: May 8, 2012 9:38 PM

    This entire thing has been a PR nightmare for the NFL.

  34. raiderinva says: May 8, 2012 9:38 PM

    Chris Carter had better be careful or Roger Goodell will suspend him from Inside The NFL for ….. wait…. suspend him from coaching St Thomas Aquinas High School….. wait….. suspend him from ESPN Anlyst…. wait……

    Roger Goodell will muscle the Minnesota Senate to pay off voters to keep Chris Carter out of the Hall of Fame. Now Chris has to file his appeal to Roger on his HOF blockage.

  35. Deb says: May 8, 2012 9:39 PM

    Anyone who’s read many stories about the game from the men who’ve played it knows the stuff Carter describes has been around for a long, long time. But it crosses a line when coaches routinely rev up players to go for the head–just as it crosses a line when coaches plan in advance to stand in the wrong place on the sidelines so they can shift a leg and take out a gunner. And my big issue with New Orleans was that they funded their bounties with outside money–thus purposely cheating the salary cap.

    As usual with this kind of thing, the Saints decided the inch everybody else took wasn’t good enough and went a mile or two further. Now they’re paying for it.

  36. strongsidebacker says: May 8, 2012 9:44 PM

    This is the tip of the iceberge. I’d be supprised if any team did not have some form of bounty system in place if for no other reason than maintaining competitive balance.

  37. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:48 PM

    I have had fun with this debate. I laughed at the weak minded,short sided and misplaced outrage. But on a more serious topic. What do you want football to look like? It’s a rough sport, player hit, make side deals in the locker room, and just of fun while they can. This game is not for everyone. The path were headed football will be safe enough for Richard Simmons to play. So again what to you want football to look like?

  38. lostsok says: May 8, 2012 9:49 PM

    Wow, could Chris Carter BE any less classy? Funny he should mention Romanowski, because they’d BOTH make my all time NFL D-Bag list.

  39. skoobyfl says: May 8, 2012 9:49 PM

    CC wasn’t making the hall anyways.

  40. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:49 PM

    negativeman89 | May 8, 2012, 9:19 PM EDT
    Not that I’m any fan of Carter, but Bill Romanowski had any and all bounties coming his way.

    Is it too late to chip in?

  41. jerlee7 says: May 8, 2012 9:50 PM

    Please look at the source of this information. Deion Sanders and TO think this guy talks about himself too much.

  42. hairpie says: May 8, 2012 9:51 PM

    Saints fan: :”see, if Carter did it, everyone did it!!!”

    lol

  43. ottawabrave91 says: May 8, 2012 9:52 PM

    that scumbag goodell is gonna try to do something to him now. goodell is terrible for the things he has done to players. idk if he could do something to a former player, but i bet he tries

  44. southcidal says: May 8, 2012 9:52 PM

    Oh so now its “Lets move on” and “somebody has to take the fall”. Goddell knew all along that this was a normal league activity, but he had his reasons for targeting the Saints. Anybody ever wonder why he waited 3 years to come down on them? Think it has anything thing to do with wanting outside money coming to the Big Game in February?

  45. stevebozeman says: May 8, 2012 9:52 PM

    CC is not getting in the hall…Thank goodness

  46. vikingamericann says: May 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    blacknole08 | May 8, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT
    Does anyone really value a word that comes out of Cris Carter’s mouth?

    Finally a player admits to a bounty system and you don’t believe him…go figure

  47. bittersportspills says: May 8, 2012 9:53 PM

    Cris Carter should be thrown out of the broadcast booth. Bounties on players? What kind of message does that send to players, fans and…

    …oh, a bounty on Romanowski?

    Please Mr. Carter, continue on.

  48. SeenThisB4 says: May 8, 2012 9:54 PM

    Were the Saints actually warned to knock it off? The Saints were investigated in 2010 and the NFL found nothing, so why would they be warned to knock off something they were not found to be doing? Or did Goodell just say that he warned them?

  49. cowboyscanada says: May 8, 2012 9:55 PM

    I never have liked the arrogant, moronic, and rude Carter, but at least he has the guts to admit it. Bye bye Hall of Fame,,,

  50. garyman1 says: May 8, 2012 9:55 PM

    This shouldn’t surprise anyone…. I think many teams used to do this a lot.
    But the league simply can’t allow it anymore due to all the lawsuits. They have to paint a hard line on player safety.

  51. detroitcityryda says: May 8, 2012 9:56 PM

    Bill romanovski imagine that guy trash talking , I understand what Chris carter is saying .romanovski was a maniac juiced up doing coke lines and downing jack then stepping out on the field .

  52. jw5111 says: May 8, 2012 9:57 PM

    This will really help his HOF chances…dumba$$.

  53. sabatimus says: May 8, 2012 9:58 PM

    Was this a performance-enhancing bounty?

  54. ProDolphinsTalk says: May 8, 2012 10:00 PM

    There’s just no place for it in the game. The ‘New NFL’ warned every team years ago and the New Orleans Saints just kept doing it, lying about it, doing it some more and lying about it again. The penalties for some may be a little harsh, but punishment was in order.

  55. frankyvito says: May 8, 2012 10:03 PM

    I’m sorry, but “Romanowski’s after me, protect me” sounds the same to you as “we’re gonna test Kyle Williams concussion?” Or “lets intentionally try to take Alex Smith’s knee out?”

  56. youallrfools says: May 8, 2012 10:05 PM

    I just wish that Cris Carter would go away. He led everyone to believe he was so holy but most of us in MN were made aware of his true self shortly after he retired. He reminds me a bit of Garnett, not the same misconception, but by the way we were so oblivious to how much of a tool he really was. The media has a way of twisting perception like that though.

    On a side note, he is just another ESPN commentator that speaks just to hear themselves talk. Never anything useful to add, just considered an “expert” due to their athletic talent. Along the lines of Bruschi. DP, Wilbon (at times), and Woody may be the only worthwhile television personalities left.

  57. 1972wasalongtimeago says: May 8, 2012 10:06 PM

    All he does is score touchdowns…….and pay teammates to injure opposing players.

  58. jjbadd says: May 8, 2012 10:06 PM

    Shoot..I like CC! ..and to the one who posted that this will keep CC out of the Hall…well pis on the HOF! Their opinion sure as hell don’t define players, because there are player that aren’t in that deserve to be, & there are players in that don’t deserve to be! CC is damn sure worthy, he was a player!

  59. commonsensedude says: May 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    So much for the NFL’s thorough investigation on the bounty issue. We’ve gotten more specific information on cash bounties for free from Cris Carter than we got from an expensive internal “investigation” run by Commissioner Archie Andrews.

  60. hooterdawg says: May 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    I wonder if Steve Smith ever put a bounty on a certain internet hack. ;P

  61. gweez76 says: May 8, 2012 10:08 PM

    Good on ha Chris. Not like we didn’t already know.

  62. rashardmendenballs says: May 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    Surprise surprise…NOT!!! Bounties have been around in the NFL since the 1950’s. Over the next year, if i had to put a over/under figure on the number of former players coming forward claiming of bounties on opposing teams. I would put this figure at a total of 25 claims.

    I don’t really see what the big deal is here. But some of you people act like you are so surprised and shocked to hear that this type of system existed in the NFL. THIS IS A ALL-OUT CONTACT SPORT FOLKS!!!

    Now i am waiting for the day when a former player comes forward claiming that organized a bounty system against opposing teams when they were employed in the NFL….WHILE AT THE SAME TIME, this former player has submitted his name and/or is cooperating with attorneys for the concussion lawsuit that is against the NFL.

  63. obdoc100 says: May 8, 2012 10:09 PM

    To all the delusional Viking fans saying the Saints didn’t “deserve” the ’10 NFC Championship game, and that the SB XLIV trophy should be theirs…. Now what!??

    Hahahahaha!!!

  64. tebowslostvirginity says: May 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    And Carter finished his rant by reminding us all Calvin Johnson is still not a top WR

  65. bmue42 says: May 8, 2012 10:12 PM

    i am shocked and appauled that this would happen in the nfl………..wait, no im not, ive played and watched football my whole life, i didnt have to run gassers in high school if i took out the other qb, every body needs to wake up and realize that these guys get paid millions to get hurt and hurt other players, they get bonuses the farther their team gets, and the best way to do that is to take out the other teams best players…….WAKE UP!!!!!!!

  66. jason49er says: May 8, 2012 10:13 PM

    Cris Carter is a G.

  67. ramdomhaus says: May 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    After all of these players talking about bounties, Goodell has bigger fish to fry. Gregg Williams is impossible to ban at this point. It would look like Goodell is cutting off his nose to spite his face. As long as Jeff Fisher is a coach in this league, Williams will have a job. Period.

  68. whatevnfl says: May 8, 2012 10:15 PM

    Can’t we please go back to talking about important things like Tom Brady’s new haircut…

  69. scoops1 says: May 8, 2012 10:19 PM

    …Just go away already Chris….

  70. seals1 says: May 8, 2012 10:20 PM

    I want Denny’s ass on suspention.

    Denny- You cool your heals this season and we will get you back in coaching next year.

  71. atfinch1984 says: May 8, 2012 10:21 PM

    Cris Carter was obviously misquoted. He only had bounties out during his time with the Dolphins and that one time with the Eagles.

  72. ratedgap says: May 8, 2012 10:22 PM

    Chris, pipe down man. Self righteous hypocrites have to believe it’s only the Saints.

  73. urcrap says: May 8, 2012 10:24 PM

    Asterisks for all! ********************************
    There! It’s settled!

  74. profootballwalk says: May 8, 2012 10:26 PM

    NationalFlagFootballLeague says: May 8, 2012 9:24 PM

    Well if you listen to the pinheads on this site, you would think the Saints invented the bounty system but fortunately the intelligent football fan has known this has been going on since the days of the leather helmet.
    ——————————————-

    Guys have been robbing banks since banks were invented, but that doesn’t stop us from putting the first new one in jail when we catch him. The Saints did it, the Saints were told to stop, and they kept on doing it

  75. cmstrick says: May 8, 2012 10:26 PM

    I have never liked Cris Carter.

    Until now.

  76. ErikW65 says: May 8, 2012 10:30 PM

    More like “protection money” than “bounty”. Cris Carter wasn’t paying to purposefully injure and end Bill Romanowski’s career. Just the opposite.

    Thanks CC for your honesty but you’ve just muddied the water by not drawing the distinction between individual payments and the management-organized system in New Orleans.

  77. crabboil says: May 8, 2012 10:34 PM

    Scumbag cheaters! Kiss my asterisk, Vikings fans.

  78. mediasloppy says: May 8, 2012 10:34 PM

    Does this moron ever shut-up.

  79. saklr1 says: May 8, 2012 10:38 PM

    The bigger the shovel you have, the more sh*t you can dig yourself into. Right Chris?

  80. saklr1 says: May 8, 2012 10:42 PM

  81. ripster65 says: May 8, 2012 10:43 PM

    who cares anymore…? this can be argued for ever and ever for either side…”football’s so violent, you Animal!…Shut the F up you whiny lil Bit%$, you don’t like it, stay out!” Ok already! It just so happens that the Saints were the ones caught and will be made an example of, most likely could’ve been anyone. Penalties handed out, aren’t we done yet? more of “So-and-So said blah blah blah”…about the NFL being rough?…sheesh!

  82. packfaninvikeland says: May 8, 2012 10:45 PM

    Yea right shut up! How much are tllhey paying you to say this?

  83. rajbais says: May 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    And Buddy Ryan said “all he did was score touchdowns”!!!!

  84. mcjon22 says: May 8, 2012 10:51 PM

    He must of had a bounty out on Morton Anderson and the Lambardi trophy too

  85. sixburghrules says: May 8, 2012 10:55 PM

    Let’s see if any team mates back this up! I doubt it. Sounds like he just wants some press coverage!

  86. sainttimbo says: May 8, 2012 11:00 PM

    vikingamericann says:

    Roger Goodall In his investigation of Greg Williams previous employers found no Bounties.

    Yeah, never-mind that Terrell Suggs admitted that the Ravens had a bounty on Hines Ward just 2 years ago.

    Amazing how people on this site always tend to forget this in addition to the Giants players admitting they were coached to target Kyle William’s head.

    C’mon Florio. Ask the tough questions to the hierarchy. I’m still waiting for the NFL’s response to the Giant’s situation.

  87. randomguy9999 says: May 8, 2012 11:02 PM

    media keeps on trying to make them all look the same, but they aren’t

    the saints were the only guys saying: this guys brain is messed up from concussions, target his head and if you injure him so badly he needs the backboard, we’ll pay you

    and that’s a huge difference…..

  88. veence69 says: May 8, 2012 11:05 PM

    I’m shocked to learn that Bill Romanowski is/was a POS.

  89. kingfish4242 says: May 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    The Vikings deserve an explanation*

  90. proudwhodat says: May 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    Imagine that….the Vikings did it too….SKOL

  91. csmit44 says: May 8, 2012 11:06 PM

    “No one said the saints were the only ones doing it”

    Saints*
    2010 SB champs*
    *
    Cheaters
    Taints
    What else did we have LOL

  92. drgreenstreak says: May 8, 2012 11:09 PM

    Bill Romanowski didn’t need bounties. He did it for free. He told Carter he was a punk because, well…. Carter’s a punk.

  93. descendency says: May 8, 2012 11:10 PM

    I used bounties during my NFL career, too.

  94. paychrisjohnson28 says: May 8, 2012 11:12 PM

    I’m sorry I liked Cris Carter as a player a great deal, but for him to come out and say this about bounties on players is frankly idiotic to me. He has to get voted into the Hall of Fame, this definitely doesn’t help at all, and yes I think it hurts his chances to get voted in. He must not care much about getting in. Why? A factor is politicking the voters and showing some class and respect for the NFL brand of football. He definitely does not do that here, and with dictatorial power that Goodell has right now, he can strongly influence people in the voting process believe me. Cris Carter comes off as Randy Moss did at any time, if you ask me. Retraction by Cris tomorrow ? It would be smart, and about only way to save face now….

  95. coseybedaman says: May 8, 2012 11:15 PM

    Why on Earth would this guy say something like this when he is so close to the HOF. He always sounds ignorant when he speaks, but this really puts it over the top. Its a joke that he isnt in the HOF, but now all he did was give the voters a legitimate and fair reason to keep him out.

  96. csmit44 says: May 8, 2012 11:17 PM

    Also after carter bashing the saints for weeks and then coming out with this on an espn program it almost makes you wonder if espn is doing this as a means of going over to the other side so to speak and trying to put pressure on Goodell to see the evidence. Anything to keep the story going.

  97. jameslongstaffe says: May 8, 2012 11:17 PM

    Cris Carter is a HOF receiver. I particularly enjoyed his hands

  98. liljere24 says: May 8, 2012 11:27 PM

    Someone should put a bounty on Chris Carter

  99. bearsace says: May 8, 2012 11:34 PM

    Carter is a douche, hope he never makes it to the HOF. Go Bears!

  100. Soulman45 says: May 8, 2012 11:36 PM

    I am one of the few that have said no big deal this have been going on for years it will all come out bit by bit and then the people on this site will come down and not put people in jail for playing football.

  101. joyjoy69 says: May 8, 2012 11:45 PM

    bozosforall says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    ___
    Tell that to the crybaby Pats fans.

    ——————–
    Most Pat’s fans don’t whine about the fact everyone was doing it. That excuse is irrelevant. They complain that the violation itself was insignificant. Until now, no team was more penalized for any act than they were for doing something with really limited effect on the game. You want to go after something significant – go after tampering with immanent free agents to make sure they know they WILL make more money if they DON’T sign a contract with their current team. Bounties are even more drastic in that they are both harmful to the players and the game, AND THEY ARE ILLEGAL. Yes, the Patriots broke a rule and should have been punished. Same thing goes with every person who chooses to speed, or download a movie they didn’t buy. But that is a whole different scale of violation than manipulating the results of a game, deliberately losing a game to profit from a bet, or to pay another person to hurt someone. That is why we have felonies and misdemeanors. That is why some people get fines for speeding and others get the death penalty for murdering someone in cold blood.

  102. drunkwino says: May 8, 2012 11:52 PM

    Vilma: I never paid any player to injure another player.
    Peanut Gallery: Yes you did you liar! How dare you speak up!

    Carter: Yeah, I put bonties on guys.
    Peanut Gallery: No you didn’t you liar! How dare you speak up!

  103. realdealsteel says: May 8, 2012 11:53 PM

    I personally applaud Chris Carter.

    He’s telling you guys the real truth about football and most of you can’t handle it. There have been bounties in the game for decades. And for you guys to bash the guy for telling you the truth shows how weak minded you are.

    So all of your little fantasies about football were shattered by what Carter told you today. Grow up.

    To me, this should further his efforts to get in the Hall of Fame. He told the truth that I”ve been telling you for weeks now…..

    PLAYERS HAVE BEEN PUTTING BOUTIES ON EACH OTHER ALL ALONG! GROW UP!

  104. nowillrepeat says: May 9, 2012 12:00 AM

    1998 Central Division Champs*

  105. nowillrepeat says: May 9, 2012 12:03 AM

    This site must have the world’s greatest collection of idiots.

    Seriously, all of you are pathetic

    WHO DAT!!

  106. fcs34 says: May 9, 2012 12:14 AM

    Chris Carter is who Denis Green thought he was

  107. CaJonMcChicken says: May 9, 2012 12:15 AM

    jerlee7 says:
    May 8, 2012 9:50 PM
    Please look at the source of this information. Deion Sanders and TO think this guy talks about himself too much.

    TO, who looooves him some him, thought CC talks about himself too much?

  108. backstageatapuppetshow says: May 9, 2012 12:23 AM

    What do you call a thousand lawyers at the bottom of the ocean?

  109. lovetron says: May 9, 2012 12:34 AM

    Personally, I find that Brawny is more absorbent, but I too have occasionally used Bounty. Really it just comes down to whatever is on sale. A paper towel is a paper towel — not exactly headline worthy.

  110. puckertrucker says: May 9, 2012 12:58 AM

    I really just wish that the Saints Players would own up to their stupid Bounty Program, and just admit that they were still using a bounty program even after the League office told everyone to STOP. THIS WOULD MAKE IT ALL GO AWAY. Johnathan Vilma was the biggest perpitrator in the program and thus his year long suspension. I really wish that He and his Cohorts would just disappear for ever, they have given the Saints a bad name and the the rest of the NFL doesn’t need their kind of players in the league anyway, along with their GM and Coaching Staff. Maybe the Saints should just disappear also. the One and Only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!!!Skol Fans

  111. skolvikesskol says: May 9, 2012 1:13 AM

    The only thing im taking away from the comments is that not 1 tv personality is liked.

  112. nflsecurity862 says: May 9, 2012 1:17 AM

    Who wants to be the one that has to explain this to Drew Brees?

  113. daknight93 says: May 9, 2012 1:31 AM

    I’ve lost part of my hair hearing about bounties every single day….this drama won’t go away!

  114. thefhaloanguy says: May 9, 2012 1:35 AM

    Chris Carter was always the cheap shot artist. He pushed off more times than holder has killed Mexican citizens.

  115. threedeep1998 says: May 9, 2012 1:51 AM

    What surprises me more is that no PFT user can spell his name right. Jebus! I love CC but I wish he’d just get into HOF (yes, he deserves it you morons) and stop yapping.

  116. tanfarkenton says: May 9, 2012 1:57 AM

    Looks like CC is hitting the bottle again!

  117. jimb031 says: May 9, 2012 2:16 AM

    Vikings players response: “everyone else does it”
    Fran Tarkenton needs an explanation
    15-1**************

    …How sweet revenge can be

  118. numba1recx19 says: May 9, 2012 2:17 AM

    That’s smart cause it’s true. Some guy says he’s gonna end your career, instead of killin the mofo, they just put money bounties on selected(worthy)targets. Saints though, wasn’t like that. They did it to win, not to defend themselves.

  119. numba1recx19 says: May 9, 2012 2:17 AM

    That’s smart cause it’s true. Some guy says he’s gonna end your career, instead of killin the mofo, they just put money bounties on selected(worthy)targets. Saints though, wasn’t like that. They did it to win, not to defend themselves.

  120. jmweldon86 says: May 9, 2012 2:54 AM

    its a sad day for the NFL when something someone says determines their HOF status. if u think Carter shouldn’t be in the HOF your truly am idiot and know nothing about football. greatest hands ever to catch a football!!

  121. discosucs2005 says: May 9, 2012 3:06 AM

    I’m having trouble seeing much of a difference between putting bounties on players and coaches telling players to target someone’s head.

    But I’ve never really felt that the NFL cared about player safety in the slightest…

  122. gacoltfan says: May 9, 2012 3:51 AM

    obdoc100 says:
    May 8, 2012 10:09 PM
    To all the delusional Viking fans saying the Saints didn’t “deserve” the ’10 NFC Championship game, and that the SB XLIV trophy should be theirs…. Now what!??

    Hahahahaha!!!

     —————————-

    I’m not defending the Vikings fans claims that the Saints victory over them was tainted, but CC was retired long before that game. What Carter is saying he did has no relevance to the 2010 game.

  123. urbanwinning says: May 9, 2012 4:23 AM

    You haters should be proud to have had one of the best WRs ever instead of making insidious comments about Cris and his honesty. Maybe BuckeyeNation should put a bounty out on you haters for “talking too much!” We don’t care for your attitude against one of our own. He’s fam for life! HoF, baby!

  124. mikemcdorman says: May 9, 2012 4:28 AM

    This whole bounty scandal is the biggest hypocracy ever. I’m not a Saints fan.

  125. rhopperstad says: May 9, 2012 4:30 AM

    Awwww , now our 4 super bowl and multiple NFC championship losses are tainted . . dogonit

  126. mistermayhem7 says: May 9, 2012 5:51 AM

    And he called for Williams to be banned from the game, “for life” ???

  127. paychrisjohnson28 says: May 9, 2012 5:54 AM

    Wow, I have never seen this many responses to a quote by someone like Cris Carter! I responded earlier and got over 80 emails of others responding on here to his quote as follow up. Cris Carter has something in common with Donavan McNabb they have similar Egocentric personalities!

  128. johnsteph1 says: May 9, 2012 5:57 AM

    I’m putting a little change on Carter”s head right now for putting my name in this article

    Sincerely,
    Buddy Ryan

  129. paychrisjohnson28 says: May 9, 2012 6:30 AM

    Cris Carter has shown now what an idiot he really is…(open mouth insert foot). What would be Cris Carter’s motivation to come out and say something like this ? Is he trying to stick up for the suspended players from bounties ? Did he give any thought to what he was going to say before he spoke ? I think not. To me, it is just a real stupid thing to say……

  130. blitzthepig says: May 9, 2012 6:36 AM

    Statements like this show just how stupid these guys are.

  131. surly1n1nd1anapol1s says: May 9, 2012 6:57 AM

    Or perhaps they don’t have evidence to pursue. Against the Saints, it appears overwhelming and institutionalized.

  132. winkeroni says: May 9, 2012 7:55 AM

    Am I the only one wishing that PFT would crank out some Bill Romanowski stories? It’s the offseason and I’m sure he’s got an opinion about things. Get him for one of those lunch hour chats! He could tell us about his plea to coach the Broncos, various movies he’s been in, bounties, and the crazy things he did to get pumped!

    ESPN and NFL Network need to start making more exciting hires when it comes to retired players. I would love to see the expert analysis of Bill Romanowski and Lawrence Taylor.

  133. phillyphan72 says: May 9, 2012 7:59 AM

    This just on…..The commish has just announced that Carter has been given a one year suspension from ESPN…

  134. richiebburg says: May 9, 2012 8:09 AM

    He better watch out. Goodell may suspend him from ESPN.

  135. pixelito says: May 9, 2012 8:12 AM

    Doesn’t change the fact that the Saints are the most hated franchise in sports.

  136. cburmester85 says: May 9, 2012 8:18 AM

    Great job to ESPN for creating their own story. Carter was probably high when he said this or just trying to create a story for his employer. I wonder if he ever put any bounties on Junior Seau? This guy just gets dumber and dumber and he may have belonged in the HOF, but now he has no chance. Good job moron.

  137. imjinbrdgr says: May 9, 2012 8:39 AM

    Bill Romanowski.’ He told me he’s gonna me out before the game, in warmups.
    =====================================

    Just heard him say on Mike & Mike that it wasn’t in warmups, it was after the first play. The story is falling apart already.

  138. kingfish4242 says: May 9, 2012 8:47 AM

    stevebozeman says:
    May 8, 2012 9:52 PM
    CC is not getting in the hall…Thank goodness

    ===================================

    You are going to be very disappointed in the future. He’s going to make it eventually. He’s not in now for the same reason Tim Brown and Andre Reed aren’t. He’s in a log jam at the position and caught up in a numbers game. That log jam will break sooner or later and all three will make it.

  139. lotusfather says: May 9, 2012 8:52 AM

    guy is an idiot, how many years do you think he added before he gets into the hall now?

  140. dexterismyhero says: May 9, 2012 9:05 AM

    @nowillrepeat says:May 9, 2012 12:03 AM

    This site must have the world’s greatest collection of idiots.

    Seriously, all of you are pathetic

    WHO DAT!!
    ==================================
    You might want to change your name since the 49er’s beat you last year and you won’t be repeating anything. Now who is the idiot?

  141. homelanddefense says: May 9, 2012 9:23 AM

    “Carter’s remarks generally support the notion that bounties have indeed been part of the game for a long time before the Saints were caught using them. But the league has shown no inclination to look any deeper into history than the 2009 through 2011 Saints — probably because the league realizes that the rabbit hole runs far deeper than anyone realizes.”

    You could say the same thing about Spygate. There are coaches who have admitted to doing the same thing.

  142. homelanddefense says: May 9, 2012 9:25 AM

    bozosforall says: May 8, 2012 9:25 PM

    truthfactory says:
    May 8, 2012 9:19 PM
    No one ever said Saints were the only ones doin it… But they might have been the only ones doin it after being warned several times by the league to knock it off, and they just ignored the warnings… Everyone speeds…. But you got caught.

    ___
    Tell that to the crybaby Pats fans.

    ______________________________

    Your need to attack the Patriots constantly clouds your vision. If all you haters said the above paragraph about the Patriots you would be in lock step with what we have been saying. I WISH people would admit what truthfactory said also applied to the Patriots.

  143. mjdkid100 says: May 9, 2012 9:32 AM

    Queue the “taken out of context” response in 3…2…1….

  144. ratedgap says: May 9, 2012 9:48 AM

    surly1n1nd1anapol1s says:
    May 9, 2012 6:57 AM
    Or perhaps they don’t have evidence to pursue. Against the Saints, it appears overwhelming and institutionalized.

    ————————————————-

    Glad you saw the evidence. No one else has. Care to share it?

  145. tformation says: May 9, 2012 10:30 AM

    Just wait until a ref gets involved in this scandal. THEN this “bounty to protect” business will have some legs…

  146. 49erstim says: May 9, 2012 10:43 AM

    How many times are we going to argue this bounty thing? Nobody is going to be persuaded on either side of the argument. In fact I’d say the only flip-flopping going on is by PFT. At first they wanted to hang everybody in the Saints organization from the nearest gallows, now they’re demanding to see the evidence. Wow. Pick a side PFT. All Florio is trying to do is continuously stir the pot. It is getting old. No more clicks for you PFT on any bounty related articles until something new comes out.

    Nobody has denied the existence of bounty programs. People merely point out that NO was told to stop and didn’t. That is why they’re being punished so harshly. It also has to do with the former players (who apparently ALL had bounty programs of their own). If the NFL gave them a minor slap then it wouldn’t be much of a deterrent. So the moral of the story is “if you don’t wanna get caught cheating then DON’T CHEAT!”

  147. ratedgap says: May 9, 2012 11:19 AM

    Cheating? ROFLMAO! Now i’ve heard it all. You would have been better served having a moral more like, “if you don’t want to get caught lying,” or “if you don’t want to get caught doing scumbag things,” but cheating? Get real. Name one way a competitive advantage was gained by the Saints doing this same nonsense that every other team does? There was none. But whereas others had been told to stop and did, they did not. So there’s a list of things you can point to for a moral. Arrogance, lying, tolerating immoral behavior, etc. But cheating ain’t on that list.

  148. gacoltfan says: May 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    I don’t know why this is so hard for the Saints fans to understand. No one is denying there were bounty programs in the past, certainly among players, whether coaches were also involved, who knows, but probably. The reason the Saints are in trouble is the league told them and other teams to stop. They didn’t an they lied about it. Maybe other teams didn’t stop either, but the Saints had someone within the organization turn them in to the commissioner. As a result of that the league investigated and found evidence. If another team had a whistleblower, they would also be investigated. The league doesn’t have the time or the resources to investigate every team unless they are first presented with some evidence that is strong enough to further investigate. It’s the same as spygate. No one is denying other teams didn’t do it in the past, but the league sent a memo to every team telling them to stop. The Patriots didn’t. Again, maybe other teams didn’t stop either, but the Patriots were the only one that had someone turn them into the commissioner.

    When teams are doing things against the rules, you can’t just say other teams are doing it so even if caught there should be no punishment. The real world doesn’t work that way and neither does the NFL.

  149. mistermayhem7 says: May 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    If other teams are doing it will surely stop now. Saints* were caught red handed and they are being punished for it. Chris Carter admits to it, I’m curious to see how deep this rabbit hole really is.

  150. gacoltfan says: May 9, 2012 12:01 PM

    ratedgap says:
    May 9, 2012 11:19 AM
    Cheating? ROFLMAO! Now i’ve heard it all. You would have been better served having a moral more like, “if you don’t want to get caught lying,” or “if you don’t want to get caught doing scumbag things,” but cheating? Get real. Name one way a competitive advantage was gained by the Saints doing this same nonsense that every other team does? There was none. But whereas others had been told to stop and did, they did not. So there’s a list of things you can point to for a moral. Arrogance, lying, tolerating immoral behavior, etc. But cheating ain’t on that list.

    —————————

    I don’t think you can say it doesn’t create a competitive advantage. The Saints coaches obviously thought it did. I don’t care if it’s football, baseball, golf, monopoly, or go fish, if you are doing something you know is against the rules, you have been told to stop, yet you still take the risk of being caught and punished, you only continue doing it if it gives you a competitive advantage. Why continue to do it if you don’t think it gives you an advantage?

    For the record, I am a Colts fan. I personally don’t think this had any effect on the outcome of the SB. The Saints won because Freeney was injured in the AFC Championship game and was ineffective in getting pressure on Brees in the 2nd half, and Payton made a great/gutsy call to onside kick and Baskett couldn’t handle it.

  151. trefkennedy says: May 9, 2012 12:10 PM

    As a cris cater fan, I appreciate humor involved lol

  152. mornelithe says: May 9, 2012 12:55 PM

    This situation is exactly like the Pats, Spygate, debacle. Most people are aware that it’s a league-wide practice, but without proof, you can only charge the visibly guilty party.

    Likewise with the Saints, there are certainly widespread claims of bounties existing outside the Saints organization all over the NFL, however, the Saints are the ones who’ve been caught.

    I hope everyone is prepared for the fact that, just like the Spygate situation, it’s unlikely that the outcome of this issue with satisfy everyone. I would actually bet that most people won’t be satisfied.

  153. gingerkid2000 says: May 9, 2012 1:04 PM

    Given Romanowki’s propensity for violence against his own teammates, can’t say as I can blame Cris completely. Wonder how much he paid his fellow players to protect him:

    “Romanowski has been involved in numerous altercations with both teammates and opponents. In 1995, while with the Eagles, he was ejected from a game — and subsequently fined $4,500 — for kicking Arizona Cardinals fullback Larry Centers in the head.

    Two more incidents occurred during the 1997 season while he played for the Broncos: In the first, he was fined $20,000 after a helmet-to-helmet hit on then-Carolina Panthers quarterback Kerry Collins in a preseason game resulting in Collins sustaining a broken jaw;[1] in the second, Romanowski spat in the face of 49ers wide receiver J. J. Stokes in a regular-season game played in December on a Monday night in response to Stokes’ taunting.[2] Two years later, while still with the Broncos, he was fined a total of $42,500 for three illegal hits plus a punch thrown at Kansas City Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez, and was also fined an undisclosed amount for throwing a football at Bryan Cox of the New York Jets, the ball hitting him in the crotch area.[3]

    In 2003, Romanowski attacked and injured one of his teammates, Marcus Williams, during a scrimmage. Williams, a backup tight end for the Oakland Raiders, was forced to retire after Romanowski confronted Williams after a play, ripped off his helmet, and crushed his eye socket with a punch.[4] Williams sued for damages of $3.4 million, arguing that Romanowski had been suffering from “roid rage” when he attacked him. This argument was later rejected by the judge on the grounds that Williams could not prove that Romanowski had actually used steroids on the same day as the attack. Williams was awarded $340,000. Williams was quoted as saying he and his lawyers “just wanted to prove what was right and wrong about football””

  154. infectorman says: May 9, 2012 1:20 PM

    pixelito says: May 9, 2012 8:12 AM

    Doesn’t change the fact that the Saints are the most hated franchise in sports.

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

    THAT would be the NYY and now the Miami Heat.
    Saints ain’t even in the top 10.

    Lakers, Yankees, Cowboys, Patriots, Packers, Montreal Canadiens all ahead of NO.

    They haven’t won enough to garner a Hate Team like the others.

  155. granadafan says: May 9, 2012 1:44 PM

    No one is denying there have been bounties for a long time in football. However, the Saints were stupid enough to CONTINUE to do it after the NFL sent a memo to teams to knock it off. They lied about it and continued even to this year. That’s why the hammer dropped on them so hard. Deal with it Saints fans.

  156. mornelithe says: May 9, 2012 2:42 PM

    @ Infectorman: So basically the principle quality of the teams with the most hate surrounding them, is their capacity to achieve great success year in and year out…regardless of whether they win it all?

    Sounds like jealousy more than hate.

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