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Harper says he never got paid for “whacks”

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Saints safety Roman Harper is swatting at the notion that he has been paid for “whacks.”

In response to evidence that Harper and linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar received money for the football version of the thing that mobsters sometimes do to each other, Harper says it didn’t happen.

He addressed the issue while appearing Friday night on ESPN Radio’s Hill & Schlereth. Harper also echoed the position that the term “whack” doesn’t mean that an injury was inflicted.

I did not get any money for it,” Harper said.  “I don’t understand.  A ‘whack’ is just tackle, it’s a legal tackle.  And it’s just a term we use for a certain tackle.  It’s like, you hit a guy and I guess like you hit him low, below the belt, and his upper body lands before his lower body.”

Pressed a bit on the issue, Harper becane a little agitated.  “I got nothing.  I got nothing.  I just play football, man.  I didn’t get anything,” Harper said.  “Where is all this coming from, anyway?  Where did all this happen?  Like, I don’t even understand.”

I don’t understand, either.  If the tape recorded the night before the Saints-49ers playoff game included sound that reflects Harper getting an envelope of money for a “whack,” it’s hard to accept his denial.  Besides, if a “whack” isn’t a bounty per se, who cares if he got an envelope of cash?

The IRS possibly could care, but to date there has been no indication that the tax man hopes to collect on the cash that changed hands without the benefit of a 1099 or W-2.  Perhaps in the end Harper has decided simply to deny everything in order to ensure he’ll still receive a W-2 from the Saints.

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19 Responses to “Harper says he never got paid for “whacks””
  1. mitchdms says: Jun 8, 2012 10:33 PM

    But Harper didn’t get the cash. According to the tape, he refused it, presumably to put it back into the pool.

  2. jetsguy1117 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:35 PM

    I don’t understand what you don’t understand. When you consider that The tape shows Greg Williams offering an envelope of cash and Harper giving it back, it’s pretty to understand his denial. Now was he offered mney for a sack – that’s a different issue entirely. But faulting him for that is like arresting a guy who gets offered to buy drugs but says so.

  3. truthfactory says: Jun 8, 2012 10:38 PM

    So if a whack is a legal hit, wouldnt that mean that a defensive player got paid about 95% of the plays since most hits are clean?

  4. mitchdms says: Jun 8, 2012 10:47 PM

    truthfactory says:

    So if a whack is a legal hit, wouldnt that mean that a defensive player got paid about 95% of the plays since most hits are clean?
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    No. A whack is a type of tackle. A hard hit that plants a guy on his shoulders/back before his butt hits the ground. That’s not 95% of tackles.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 8, 2012 10:47 PM

    All those “whacks” were just for “laughs”.

  6. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Jun 8, 2012 10:49 PM

    I guess i understand why Harper got agitated but he should be lucky he didn’t get suspended either. He should be all smiles. Whether you believe in the bounties or not he could have gone down with them.

  7. jason1980 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:52 PM

    The Saints are gonna tear up some *** this season, y’all are creating a monster. I’m loving this…..can’t wait for the regular season to begin.

  8. alonestartexan says: Jun 8, 2012 10:53 PM

    This headline was misleading…

    I thought Harper was complaining because he never got his payout..
    :(

  9. jetsguy1117 says: Jun 8, 2012 10:57 PM

    @truthfactory he clearly said a wack is a hit where you up-end a guy. all ‘wacks’ are legal hits – doesn’t make all legal hits ‘wacks’

    i think the saints bounty allegations – if true – is one of the worst things in the history of professional sports. but lets be honest with ourselves here. nothing that came out this week is incriminating against the players.

  10. DCBlueStar says: Jun 8, 2012 10:58 PM

    Like, totally. Yeah, like… zomg gross me out and gag me with a spoon… like where is this coming from?

  11. wtfru2 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:00 PM

    Hey jetgy—— HUH?

  12. cwwgk says: Jun 8, 2012 11:02 PM

    He may not have done anything wrong. If so, one would hope he has a better way of conveying that message to Mr. Benson’s investigators.

  13. aces79 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:10 PM

    suspend this guy already very dirty player

  14. stevemo says: Jun 8, 2012 11:12 PM

    truthfactory says: Jun 8, 2012 10:38 PM

    So if a whack is a legal hit, wouldnt that mean that a defensive player got paid about 95% of the plays since most hits are clean?

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    A “whack” is a certain kind of legal hit.
    Most hits made in games are legal.
    Thus all legal hits are “whacks”?

    Some outstanding logic skills you have, truthfactory. Tell us more.

  15. regulator01 says: Jun 8, 2012 11:18 PM

    dirty player, just look at the hit on steve smith 3 yards inside the endzone, blindside, dirty and a punk

  16. 3kdad says: Jun 8, 2012 11:20 PM

    Seems everyone is caught up with the terminology. Pick any name you want: bounty, cart-off, knock out, whack, clean hit, dirty hit, legal hit, illegal hit, it doesn’t matter. Pay for performance is the key phrase. These types of pools are against the rules.

  17. xxwhodatxx says: Jun 9, 2012 10:37 AM

    3kdad says:
    Jun 8, 2012 11:20 PM
    Seems everyone is caught up with the terminology. Pick any name you want: bounty, cart-off, knock out, whack, clean hit, dirty hit, legal hit, illegal hit, it doesn’t matter. Pay for performance is the key phrase. These types of pools are against the rules.

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    ALL pro football is “pay for performance” so what exactly is your point again.

  18. regulator01 says: Jun 9, 2012 12:03 PM

    its pay for performance under your contract, anything more that that circumvents the salary cap and therefore violates the cba and is seen as an unfair advantage

  19. daveman8403 says: Jun 10, 2012 8:35 PM

    3kdad says:
    Jun 8, 2012 11:20 PM
    Seems everyone is caught up with the terminology. Pick any name you want: bounty, cart-off, knock out, whack, clean hit, dirty hit, legal hit, illegal hit, it doesn’t matter. Pay for performance is the key phrase. These types of pools are against the rules.

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    These severe punishments are not for pay-for-performance. They are for a pay-for-injury system. yes terminology DOES matter.

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