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Brees tells Letterman NFL is engaged in “smear campaign”

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If the NFL is at all worried about the potential for backlash from fans who think the league has been heavy-handed in the Saints bounty investigation, then the folks inside the league office probably weren’t laughing when they watched Thursday’s edition of Late Show With David Letterman.

Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared on Thursday night’s show and bashed the league office for its handling of the case, accusing the NFL of caring more about paying lip service to player safety than about getting to the truth of what happened. And the truth, according to Brees, is that Saints players weren’t engaged in a pay-to-injure scheme, despite what the NFL may say.

“I mean, just the whole process itself and the investigation I feel like has been extremely unfair. Unfortunately, it seems like it’s been more of a media campaign than it is actually finding the truth to the matter,” Brees said. “Put forth the facts, the truth, and if indeed there was a pay-to-injure scheme, then people will get punished, and if there’s not, then let’s exonerate these men because, at this point, it seems like it’s a smear campaign. We’re dragging them through the mud. We’re ruining their reputations and careers with no true evidence.”

Those comments aren’t much different than the comments that Brees and other Saints players have made in other forums. But for Brees to go on what is normally a lighthearted comedy show and make those highly charged comments brings the message of the Saints players — their belief that the NFL botched its bounty investigation — to a new audience.

And that’s the audience the league really has to be careful about alienating. The hard-core football fans who follow all the NFL news all offseason long love football so much that they’re going to watch when the season starts no matter what actions the league office may take. It’s the more casual football fans, the ones who only hear what’s going on in the NFL during the offseason when they happen to catch it on a show like Letterman’s, that the league risks losing. And when one of the NFL’s best and most popular players is openly questioning the league’s integrity to that kind of audience, that’s just the kind of offseason distraction the NFL hates.

Brees’s appearance wasn’t all about slamming the Saints, and there were some laughs along the way. Letterman got off a good line, telling Brees that if he’s fed up in New Orleans he can get a job with the Jets, and Brees drew laughs with his response, saying the Jets have enough quarterbacks already. But the takeaway that most Letterman viewers will have from Brees’s appearance is that he’s a smart, thoughtful player who is mad as hell about how the NFL has treated his team and his teammates.

When Roger Goodell talks about the importance of “protecting the the shield,” he’s not talking about ripping the league in a public forum. But that’s exactly what Brees did. And many viewers likely concluded that Brees is exactly right.

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102 Responses to “Brees tells Letterman NFL is engaged in “smear campaign””
  1. Patriot42 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:27 PM

    I am beginning to lose respect on this guy.

  2. matthewcarlson1 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:28 PM

    What does the NFL stand to gain from “smearing” the Saints? All I’ve heard is it makes them look like they care about player safety. Honestly I don’t think the fans really care about player safety, we don’t like to see players get hurt but if its choosing between good football and safe football I pick good games any day. Nobody feels bad for the millionaires because its part of the job.

  3. vbe2 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:28 PM

    Could the NFL sue him for slander?

  4. catquick says: Jun 29, 2012 7:29 PM

    he’s nuts!

  5. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    Say what you will about Brees, but in that Letterman interview he came across very well informed and articulate.
    You don’t hear too many NFL quarterbacks that sound as intelligent and prepared as Brees did.

  6. paulitik74 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:30 PM

    They seriously just need to change their names to the “New Orleans Victims”.

    Take some damn responsibility for a change.

  7. jbpanthers says: Jun 29, 2012 7:35 PM

    Why would the NFL want to smear New Orleans? The NFL has no reason to smear them or whatever the hell Brees and his teammates think, they broke the rules and the NFL investigated, and punished those who were involved in it. You do the crime; you do the time.

  8. drewsylvania says: Jun 29, 2012 7:44 PM

    Mouthpiece of the union. I’ll pass.

  9. tigers182 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:45 PM

    I usually tend to side with the players in these instances, but this current every other day of attacking the commish is making me lose respect for the players. You messed up, now take responsibility for it.

  10. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Jun 29, 2012 7:45 PM

    Can’t wait to see Brees smeared all over the turf.

  11. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jun 29, 2012 7:46 PM

    I wish at my job I could get away with criticizing my employers to the media and still come away with a new multi-million dollar contract.

  12. jealst says: Jun 29, 2012 7:48 PM

    There’s too many people that come on this blog with no intentions of understanding what’s going on, you simply want to cast you uninformed opinion.

  13. mikelitoris1 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:51 PM

    Someone please, give this man an explanation already, or better yet just sew his mouth shut.

  14. kuhnyoudigit says: Jun 29, 2012 7:52 PM

    The NFL is clearly trying to tarnish the Saints image. Its not like Brees is on the air talking about this nonstop, while the NFL has been quiet as of late…oh wait.

  15. godblessfootball says: Jun 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    If it bothers him that much then he should quit the NFL and work in the coal mines or shrimping

  16. 32bigg says: Jun 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    Brees is going to lose respect from a lot of people. I think he’s just standing up for his teammates, but even those who think the Saints players are culpable but getting disciplined far too harshly will see that Brees is talking out of his a*&.

    Just like when this first came out and he said he knew nothing of the money up for grabs, people know he’s full of sh%^.

    And now he’s shown people that he will lie unabashedly, even if it’s to protect people that he genuinely feels need protection.

    People don’t like being considered fool enough to buy that sh%*.

  17. genericuser8888 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:55 PM

    @jbpanthers

    The Saints fanbase is so diehard that accusations against the team will only fire us up. There is no revenue lost in accusing the Saints of something bad. We loved our team when they sucked for 30 years, and we love them in turmoil just as much.

    The NFL, however, is facing a $1 billion dollar concussion lawsuit. Coming down hard on player safety sure would be a nice way to show the public (and courts) that the league is serious about safety.

    A few players and a few sports reporters have all said it. The Saints are guilty of a few things, but probably not a pay for injure program. The NFL needs as much public support and evidence that it cares about player safety as it can possibly can get for the upcoming concussion suit. Laying some punishments on the Saints is a small price to pay if it helps save the league $1,000,000,000.

  18. rbell2123 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:56 PM

    How up set would the Saints fans be if it had been the Vikings who had knocked Brees out of the 2009 NFC championship game and they found out the Vikings had a pay to injure program. The Saints fans and Brees would be singing a different tune. They should just shut up and deal with there well deserved punishment.

  19. bigball1 says: Jun 29, 2012 7:59 PM

    What is it about this that people do not understand? Someone has been accussed and penalized for something that he/they did not do. It’s that plain. Anyone that states they would just accept it is a fool. The NFL has played an ugly game with this entire fiasco.
    The ONLY thing that makes any sense what so ever is the NFL positioning themselves for the head injury lawsuits coming down the line….period. Please give me a break, a years suspension for someone and they don’t think they even have to prove it!

  20. teal379 says: Jun 29, 2012 8:01 PM

    Wait – I thought he also claimed that he had no knowledge of any program, he wasn’t in defensive meetings – so how does he then know they weren’t doing it?

    Which is it Drew? You weren’t there and had no knowledge or you WERE there and thus now have a reason to tow a certain line. The line that covers any and all responsibility in said program which certainly wouldn’t help your case to be the highest paid player in the NFL.

    Wait – you were offered that already – so I guess it’s “highest paid player +10?”

  21. bigdevil830 says: Jun 29, 2012 8:02 PM

    Lets not forget that before all this started the saints were the darlings of the NFL, so why would the NFL want to smear them? They have 50,000 pages of evidence what more proof do they need? It seems to me that the ones involved in the smear campain is the Saints players. The more Brees runs his mouth like this the less respectable he becomes. I still say they did wrong they got caught its time to man up and accept the punishment. The more they complain the more guilty they appear to be. The prisons are full of guilty people claiming they are innocent and were set up.

  22. iberiasaint says: Jun 29, 2012 8:03 PM

    The Saints are being punished for “pay to injury” which they are not guilty of (no evidence, no injuries) instead of “pay for performance” which they and most other NFL teams are guilty of. The league has always confused the two and wants the casual fan to think they are the same when in fact they are not. This commish will suffer some consequences for his behavior.

  23. insertrandomletters says: Jun 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    Dear Drew Brees:

    Shut up.

    Sincerely,
    Everybody who isn’t a Saints fan

  24. randomguy9999 says: Jun 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    the general public has seen:

    Saints coach caught in recording promoting pay for injure scheme, players and coaches suspended, players now whining to try to get out of punishment by demanding proof…

    Joe on the street has gotta be saying: Huh? a recording wasn’t enough?

    this whining instead of accepting something that has virtually zero chance of being changed is hurting the NFL, the NFLPA, and the players and coaches involved in the eyes of the public…… it looks awful and nobody is going to win….

  25. lehooper says: Jun 29, 2012 8:04 PM

    Brees is smearing is own name.

  26. grogansheroes says: Jun 29, 2012 8:06 PM

    Drew, welcome to the world of the New England Patriots! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Doesn’t matter what the facts are, you’re guilty, got it!!

  27. thecross2 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:26 PM

    Those who said Brees is smart are right. And he is too smart not to know they are guilty. He’s also too smart not to know why the league cannot release any mor info. They obviously have to protect their witnesses. If they show you exactly what was said and when and where down to the exact details; then it wouldn’t be too hard to figure out who the witness was. Common sense. Not only would it put them at risk, it would also keep anyone else from ever testifying against violations (crimes) again. You have to protect your witnesses. Brees is too smart not to know that. I think he knows it and he’s using that as a self-defense for the Saints. Hoping people will perceive the Saints as innocent, simply because the NFL won’t prove they’re guilty. So basically he’s not stupid, but he thinks we are!

  28. mancave001 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:29 PM

    grogansheroes says:
    Jun 29, 2012 8:06 PM
    Drew, welcome to the world of the New England Patriots! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Doesn’t matter what the facts are, you’re guilty, got it!!
    —————–

    Yes, those poor, poor maligned Patriots. You know, the ones that were GUILTY AS SIN and got off with slap on the wrist. Those Patriots?

  29. mjkelly77 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:34 PM

    Funny but when he whined about the unfairness of it all, nobody applauded.

    Then when he said he speaks for the American public, again nobody applauded. The man and his teammates are in denial. So sad.

  30. skinsassembled says: Jun 29, 2012 9:34 PM

    Seriously – how much longer can this guy continue to speak out about something he’s 100% clueless about? How is his mouthing off anywhere they’ll give him an outlet helping the Saints?

  31. bigball1 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:38 PM

    Just because Roger Goodell says it, that does not make it so. The idea that he has acted in a way that circumvents all we know of justice in this country is shameful. Because the CBA gives him the power to do something, does he have to abuse it? How important do you think putting this abused power in check will be at the next opportunity?

  32. mjkelly77 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:42 PM

    32bigg says:Jun 29, 2012 7:53 PM

    Brees is going to lose respect from a lot of people. I think he’s just standing up for his teammates, but even those who think the Saints players are culpable but getting disciplined far too harshly will see that Brees is talking out of his a*&.

    Just like when this first came out and he said he knew nothing of the money up for grabs, people know he’s full of sh%^.

    And now he’s shown people that he will lie unabashedly, even if it’s to protect people that he genuinely feels need protection.

    People don’t like being considered fool enough to buy that sh%^.
    _______________

    I’m agreeing with you but is sh%^ the same as sh%^?

  33. thefiesty1 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:44 PM

    If he doesn’t like it he can just go back to Westlake and retire. They have a spot for him now that old time AD passed away.

  34. mwindle1973 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:44 PM

    I think they should suspend Drew Brees…he knew about the bounties.

  35. dc4546 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:48 PM

    Does anyone remember the disproportionate amount of pro “league” posts and thumbs up responses against the players here during the lockout? I’m beginning to wonder if the same phenomenon is occurring with the bounty stories…

  36. mtrhead269 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:49 PM

    One can only hope he never signs a contract and just goes away .

    Tired of him his shinning and the skid mark on his cheek

  37. glen907 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:55 PM

    this whining instead of accepting something that has virtually zero chance of being changed is hurting the NFL, the NFLPA, and the players and coaches involved in the eyes of the public…… it looks awful and nobody is going to win….

    well the players reputations have already been hurt in this because of the very real smear campaign and they are losing salary as well so they really have nothing to lose at this point. But the league and Rodger Goodell on the other hand is now having their credibility questioned for good reason, the league started this P.R. campaign and somewhere down the line a court of law will finish it. And I agree everyone looks awful in the meantime

  38. ranksarot says: Jun 29, 2012 9:56 PM

    It’s not only “the audience the league really has to be careful about alienating”, it’s also the audience the PLAYERS really have to be careful about alienating….
    That said…it’s too late for me. My primary Sirius channel has already switched to things other than the NFL channel. In all fairness, part of that is just because I get tired of the inane and useless softball player love fests that Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan have every day on my way home from work. But part of it is also the reasons mentioned in this article.
    But stop blaming the NFL. The Players are as much to blame. The denial defense worked for O.J. It doesn’t always work. It probably won’t in this case. Take responsibility. Man up.

  39. jonesjack says: Jun 29, 2012 9:56 PM

    I love you Drew. But please just stop talking, about this and your contract negotiations. It’s easy. Really. Just stop.

  40. ranksarot says: Jun 29, 2012 9:59 PM

    “If it bothers him that much then he should quit the NFL and work in the coal mines or shrimping”
    Said like a true Republiclown.

  41. kodakinvegas says: Jun 29, 2012 10:00 PM

    @Randomguy999

    Well put n to the point. I sir, agree wholeheartedly as do 95% of fans outside of NOLA

  42. massappeal12345 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:01 PM

    I guess that the Greg William’s injury rant tape was conjured up by the league.

    At least bree’s went on a show, letterman, that very few people watch. If he wants to be more discreet, go on any msnbc show next time.

  43. giantsfan82 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:02 PM

    Does this guy ever shut up?

  44. jackericsson says: Jun 29, 2012 10:02 PM

    Taint’s! The more Brees talks the deeper the hole! I sure hope that Drew feels a little Karma this season!

  45. assembledskins says: Jun 29, 2012 10:05 PM

    He just can’t stop putting his foot in his mouth, can he?

  46. Fan On Fire_Maurice Barksdale says: Jun 29, 2012 10:10 PM

    The NFL has a huge reason to run a smear campaign on the Saints, and major reason is they are being sued.

    The NFL is being sued by former players for with holding information about concussions. So in response to this, the NFL has taken advantage of this opportunity of being tough on Bounty programs and making villains of anyone associated with them, as this could help them portray themselves as being benevolent and proactive in trying to prevent concussions.

    If the NFL is found negligent, they could stand to lose millions of dollars. Which gives them more than enough incentive to drag a few player’s and coach’s reputations through the mud, while simultaneously casting themselves in a positive light in the public eye, but more importantly in court.

    The NFL assumed that these players would just fall on their swords like Gregg Willaims and Sean Payton did, and just accept their punishment without a fight. Big corporations will roll right over top of you if you allow them to.

    And even though the NFL has shown enough evidence that there was some kind of a pay for performance system in New Orleans, their mistake is that they’ve taken generalized evidence and portrayed it to the media and the public as fact, when the truth is they don’t have enough facts to conclusively say any of the names that they named absolutely did the things they are being accused of doing.

    The NFL is playing fast and loose with the evidence, and hoping that people will just accept what they claim at face value. But why should anybody in this world be expected to accept having their reputations damaged by being accused of something they may not have done?

    This forum shows that people actually do believe the NFL’s charges against these players, but what if isn’t true? What if the NFL is simply embellishing the misdeeds of these people to improve their chances in fighting future litigation?

    A lot of people just want to see the Saints go down, and could care less if they are being falsely accused. But what if it were you who were being accused of something that you didn’t do? Would you just roll over and die and accept the accusations as fact, or would you fight to clear your name? I think the answer is obvious.

  47. lostsok says: Jun 29, 2012 10:13 PM

    Again, if the Saints wanted “the truth” then THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE LIED TO THE COMMISSIONER. They stonewalled any investigation with their arrogance…and now they want pity the hammer came down.

    Well…life sucks, buy a helmet.

    Maybe next time they will respect the league office when they come calling.

  48. lostsok says: Jun 29, 2012 10:14 PM

    “grogansheroes says: …welcome to the world of the New England Patriots! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Doesn’t matter what the facts are, you’re guilty, got it!!”

    _________________________________

    Um, the facts said New England WAS guilty. Just because you got caught doesn’t mean you get sympathy.

    Cheating is cheating.

  49. lks311 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:16 PM

    Brees’ fall from NFL Grace appears to be 2nd only to that of once DT darling, Ndamukong Suh.

    It seems like only yesterday he was hoisting the Lombardi Trophy thru confetti skies with his son in tow.

    Now, he’s engaged in a public spat with the Commish in a War of “Semantics”. Drew, if you want to define, intent to maim as “pay for performance”, that’s fine. Just don’t expect us to buy into it. Also, could you just shut-up and focus on getting your own deal done? Thank you.

  50. couldntthinkofaname says: Jun 29, 2012 10:16 PM

    Drew, welcome to the world of the New England Patriots! Guilty! Guilty! Guilty! Doesn’t matter what the facts are, you’re guilty, got it!!
    ______________________________

    Uh, the facts pretty much proved you were guilty. But that is one kick-ass posting name you have. I always liked Grogan.

  51. percey12 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:29 PM

    Listen, anybody that has any kind of football knowledge that watched the 2009 championship game between the Saints and the Vikings could see that the Saints players were purposely trying to injure Favre. I said to my wife half way through the second quarter that the Saints players are playing dirty and taking cheap shots on Favre.

    Now its one thing if the Saints players were just fired up to be in the franchises first Championship game and were a little to over zealous and were hitting Favre late after he hands the ball off to Peterson on a running play, Diving at Favre knees and ankles after he’s already passed the ball, elbowing Favre head after the pass was gone, etc. etc.

    But 3 years later we find out the truth, those players wanted the $35,000 bounty that was placed on Favre head by coach Vitt, Vilma, and a felon that has mob ties that coach Peyton seems to be buudies with?!

    Thinking about this disgust me and if I was the commish, none of these low lifes would ever step onto an NFL field again. Personally I beleive they should be locked away from respectable society.

  52. psdaleno says: Jun 29, 2012 10:33 PM

    Please Football Gods,

    Let me please be watching when Brees receives his first sack of the season. I don’t want him hurt but for some reason it’ll make me feel good.

  53. jetblackninja says: Jun 29, 2012 10:39 PM

    The best evidence for the bounty system is the fact that most of them admitted to it….. before they decided the evidence might not hold up…… and then denied it.

    Kinda hard to put that cat back in the bag.

  54. londonjojo says: Jun 29, 2012 10:42 PM

    In trying to speed this up Goodell only slowed it down.

    If I showed up for work and my governor said “Fella, you messed up. You know what you did. I don’t have to show you any evidence. You’re suspended for a year without pay” would I say “OK, Guv. See you in a year”???

    No. This could set a nasty trend with players being punished without evidence.

    When all of this started I thought the Saints are guilty let’s move on. The more I’ve heard about it these last few months the more I think the NFL deserves to have this backfire on them and have to bring a proper case with proper evidence.

  55. trubroncfan07 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:46 PM

    He is right, this is black eye for Goodell and the NFL, starting remind me on the NBA.

  56. ishudbgm says: Jun 29, 2012 10:48 PM

    Besides Drew Brees I do not hear any other Saints players coming out to defend the players in trouble. If at least 20 players came out and said the accusations are bogus then maybe I could believe the players that are in trouble but for some reason none of their teammates have put themselves out there to defend the ones that got caught. All the coaches involved have tucked their tail between their legs and walked off rather quietly but yet Drew Brees is on national tv still complaining.

  57. heygfy says: Jun 29, 2012 10:50 PM

    “Present the facts, and if indeed there was a pay-to-injure scheme…”

    This statement alone tells me there was one. It’s a statement that doesn’t deny the existence of the bounty program – but insists the NFL doesn’t have enough evidence to PROVE there was one. I really hope the NFL does have a way to prove it and throws it in this crybaby’s face. That will make him look like a huge jackass.

  58. billzbubb says: Jun 29, 2012 10:57 PM

    I am not a Saints fan. I’m not particularly a Bree’s fan. But he is absolutely right about this issue. The NFL’s so-called evidence is a joke. Either they are withholding the real evidence, or, more likely, they’ve got nothing.

  59. dobberdubinsky says: Jun 29, 2012 11:01 PM

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  60. binkystevens says: Jun 29, 2012 11:03 PM

    What’s most funny about this to me is that he accused the NFL of engaging in a public media smear campaign while on a national TV show, and got in a few digs along the way. Pot calling the kettle black?

  61. shutupbrees says: Jun 29, 2012 11:12 PM

    Shut up Brees. I can’t wait til your team goes 6-10. Without his penny loafers on in the dome, Brees is mediocre.

  62. sbdt says: Jun 29, 2012 11:15 PM

    The truth is that no one in the country gave a sh!t about the Saints until the storm.

    And then we did well and everyone got all “it’s a tale of redemption” on us. We didn’t care, we just liked picking outside of the top 10 for once.

    Then the NFL got its @sses sued off.

    And then the NFL’s “look the other way” approach (which they clearly implemented after the 09 season) made less sense.

    Someone saw an opportunity to make a bold statement, and they did.

    We lost our head coach (who is no Mother Theresa but he’s not Darth Vader, either) for an ENTIRE YEAR.

    Now, tell me this – do you think, for a second, he wouldn’t have shut that cr@p down if anyone reasonably thought it would result in the complete sh!tfest it’s become?

    All this for a mediocre defense.

    THAT is why Drew Brees is mad. And me, and my friends, and everyone else I know that’s followed this team since the baghead era. BEFORE the baghead era.

  63. dukemarc says: Jun 29, 2012 11:22 PM

    genericuser8888 says:
    Jun 29, 2012 7:55 PM
    @jbpanthers

    The Saints fanbase is so diehard that accusations against the team will only fire us up. There is no revenue lost in accusing the Saints of something bad. We loved our team when they sucked for 30 years, and we love them in turmoil just as much
    ——————

    You sure supported them, so much so your owner tried to move the team. Give me a break, the majority of Saints fans started showing up about 5 years ago – prior to that New Orleans was an NFL graveyard.

  64. cowboyscanada says: Jun 29, 2012 11:27 PM

    Brees should lay low, shut his mouth, but hes too much of a egomaniac to do that.

  65. TylerHills says: Jun 29, 2012 11:28 PM

    I am getting Soooo tired of all this bounty business. I think the concept is horrible. But Brees has a point, the NFL does seem like they are hiding what they have for evidence. The truth is what’s important. Put the truth out there and everything else will fall in line accordingly.

    I will be so happy when training camps open up. Then there will be something to talk about other than these freaking bounties.

  66. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Jun 29, 2012 11:30 PM

    Yeah, I used to hate him just because he beat my Bucs all the time. Now I a really have a reason. Total schmuck.

  67. austinwhodat says: Jun 29, 2012 11:32 PM

    dobberdubinsky says: Jun 29, 2012 11:01 PM

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    ________________________________
    Jealous much? Hahaha!

  68. silentcount says: Jun 29, 2012 11:33 PM

    When you say they are guilty, could you point out exactly what they are guilty of. What specifically did Vilma do to deserve a years suspension? What specifically did did Sean Payton do to deserve a years suspension? How about Joe Vitt? If a player on your team joked about getting money for a hard legal hit, would you say he should be suspended too?

  69. mogogo1 says: Jun 29, 2012 11:35 PM

    Until Brees can come up with a credible explanation for why his head coach apologized for the bounties–and for why his billionaire owner hasn’t sued the NFL for slander–he’s going to continue to sound like a kook. At this rate he’ll be wearing a tinfoil hat instead of a helmet this coming season.

  70. buccaroo989 says: Jun 29, 2012 11:35 PM

    Drew Brees needs an explanation. Seriously, what is wrong with this guy. Bounty hunter graphics on the teams computer,
    Ledgers of playoffs, admissions by coaches, audio of team meetings imploring players to hurt the head and give remember me shots before getting off the pile. Audio indisputable of a Saints player saying give me my money. The owner investigating his own team, and this moron acting like the commissioner is out of line, for trying to discipline players and coaches involved. I think Brees needs a reality check. Maybe if the league sues him for slander he will start to get a clue.

  71. phillyphan83 says: Jun 29, 2012 11:42 PM

    I’m so sick of hearing about this nonsense and all their whining and crying, I hope the Saints go 0-16. You brought this on yourselves. There’s plenty of evidence, they’re just trying to twist it and use technicalities to claim it doesn’t exist.

  72. smstonerock says: Jun 29, 2012 11:54 PM

    heygfy says:
    Jun 29, 2012 10:50 PM
    “Present the facts, and if indeed there was a pay-to-injure scheme…”

    This statement alone tells me there was one. It’s a statement that doesn’t deny the existence of the bounty program – but insists the NFL doesn’t have enough evidence to PROVE there was one.

    ____________________________________

    EXACTLY! It’s like the defense lawyer who has a client who is guilty, and because of that he knows there is no way to prove innocence. The best he can hope for is discrediting the process of the investigation. Brees says “if indeed there was a pay-to-injure scheme, then people will get punished, and if there’s not, then let’s exonerate these men”. Really Drew? There is ABSOLUTELY NO WAY he doesn’t know the truth. If there was a bounty program, he knows. If there wasn’t, he knows. Quit playing stupid.

  73. mdpickles says: Jun 30, 2012 12:04 AM

    screw u drew, your ring is tarnished.

  74. sampulls says: Jun 30, 2012 12:05 AM

    His credibility is gonzo!

  75. funkylovemonkey says: Jun 30, 2012 12:06 AM

    You’re insane if you think that the Saints case actually HELPS the NFL in the upcoming Concussion lawsuits. If anything the NFL has a strong reason to bury this story, because it establishes a pattern of NFL teams disregarding player safety and even ENCOURAGING injuries in order to win games. You think that makes the NFL look better as they are coming into a trial on past concussions? Those people suing the NFL aren’t suing the NFL on what they’re doing right now, they’re suing the NFL on what they did. And if anything this poisons the image of the NFL as a place where players safety was ignored. It plays right into the argument that the former NFL players are making. If anything, they are opening themselves up to more lawsuits in the future for their past actions.

    In no way does this help the NFL. Nobody is going to care that the NFL is coming down on the side of player safety now after decades of encouraging the opposite.

  76. siggy00 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:06 AM

    Let the record show the Steelers were the only team who didn’t pass the CBA.

    The other teams should have followed their lead until Goodell’s judge and jury power was stripped.

  77. Manbearpig says: Jun 30, 2012 12:12 AM

    Bree’s is an insufferable d bag.

    Drew brews 2010 super bowl champion*

  78. siggy00 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:20 AM

    “Unfortunately, it seems like it’s been more of a media campaign than it is actually finding the truth to the matter”

    Now he knows how Ben Roethlisberger felt in 2010.

    No probable cause for his arrest and yet Goodell suspended him anyway.

    Where were the players then? Where was “Dig it” De Smith? Buying a new pimp hat?

  79. sdisme says: Jun 30, 2012 12:22 AM

    massappeal12345 says:Jun 29, 2012 10:01 PM

    I guess that the Greg William’s injury rant tape was conjured up by the league.

    At least bree’s went on a show, letterman, that very few people watch. If he wants to be more discreet, go on any msnbc show next time.

    _______________________________

    What do you think Gregg Williams meant on that tape when he said “we take away their will not their skill”?

    Wait – what you didn’t hear that part….. I wonder why that part wasn’t played in the media. Anyway if you get a chance listen to the whole version of the tape and tell me what he meant. Thanks

  80. astrosfan75956 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:23 AM

    I agree with Drew.

  81. rhodeislandpatriotsfan says: Jun 30, 2012 12:26 AM

    Referencing the Saints alleged “bounty” scandal, and speaking on behalf of “all fans in America,” Brees stated during his recent appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman” that, “…we are tired of hearing about it.” He added, “We don’t want to talk about it anymore.” So, what does he do next? Brees talks about precisely what he didn’t want to talk about any more, and proceeded to knock the league’s case as a “smear campaign.” Of course, the question begs: If Drew truly didn’t want to talk about “Bountygate,” then why appear on a nationally-televised show in the first place, and why at this particular time?

  82. godblessfootball says: Jun 30, 2012 12:30 AM

    @ranksarot
    “If it bothers him that much then he should quit the NFL and work in the coal mines or shrimping”
    Said like a true Republiclown.
    ———————-

    WTF is your point?

  83. joecb91 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:32 AM

    The more Drew Brees opens his mouth, the more annoying he gets.

  84. gingerkid2000 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:46 AM

    Brees, do yourself and the Saints a favor and shut up. The more you guys complain the less sympathy you’re going to get.

  85. whodatgirl1 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:51 AM

    Why do people think they Drew Brees knew anything about this?

    What shred of evidence have you seen that reflects this position?

    Just stop listening to what this NFL wants you to think and think for yourself.

    The NFL has a long history of misleading the public as well as the government.

  86. laserw says: Jun 30, 2012 1:17 AM

    Well, we know that there were bounty allegations wherever the former Saints defensive coach was a defensive coordinator. Brees, that is not a smear campaign. That is a fact!

    What is demonstrably different with the Saints is that is was so systematic and entrenched.

    Brees may not like his reputation soiled, but he is playing for a team that at best looked the other way – and at worst, condoned it!

    The Saints truly deserve harsher treatment than they got.

    And Brees – remember, this is not the NFL anymore, this is the Chick Football league – now they have appeal to the lowest dead common denominator and don’t care for hits.

  87. greenandgold1972 says: Jun 30, 2012 1:19 AM

    I will give that Hargrove was not the one on tape with “Give me my money” Did the mike catch a mob hit in the background? Was the phrase related to a different crime caught in the back of the Saints players? Just because it wasn’t Hargrove doesn’t mean it wasn’t another Saints player

  88. athoula707 says: Jun 30, 2012 1:25 AM

    Drew needs to shut the hell up. No respect for drew anymore. This guy is just stupid.

  89. daysend564 says: Jun 30, 2012 1:29 AM

    Suspend Brees!

  90. ty46 says: Jun 30, 2012 4:12 AM

    It’s time to suspend Brees for his smear campaign vs the NFL. I respected him a lot, but lost all of it, he is as rotten as Vilma and co.

  91. jealst says: Jun 30, 2012 4:34 AM

    percey12 says:
    Jun 29, 2012 10:29 PM
    Listen, anybody that has any kind of football knowledge that watched the 2009 championship game between the Saints and the Vikings could see that the Saints players were purposely trying to injure Favre. I said to my wife half way through the second quarter that the Saints players are playing dirty and taking cheap shots on Favre.

    Now its one thing if the Saints players were just fired up to be in the franchises first Championship game and were a little to over zealous and were hitting Favre late after he hands the ball off to Peterson on a running play, Diving at Favre knees and ankles after he’s already passed the ball, elbowing Favre head after the pass was gone, etc. etc.

    But 3 years later we find out the truth, those players wanted the $35,000 bounty that was placed on Favre head by coach Vitt, Vilma, and a felon that has mob ties that coach Peyton seems to be buudies with?!

    Thinking about this disgust me and if I was the commish, none of these low lifes would ever step onto an NFL field again. Personally I beleive they should be locked away from respectable society.

    ______________________________

    This is exactly the type of reader I was talking about. No intensions of understanding. First off, that wasn’t the Saint first championship game. It was their first championship game at home, but it wasn’t the first one they played in. Second, the NFL has already come out and said that ledger was inaccurate when it comes to coach Vitt’s pledge of $5,000. I’ll reiterate the *NFL* said that wasn’t accurate. You’re a Vikings fan, I understand you are upset over a game played nearly 3 years ago, but if you seriously think the Vikings lost because of a “bounty” than I would advice you to watch that game again, particularly the last minute of the game and watch the melt down the Vikings had (12 men, interception) well in field goal range. I’m sorry the Vikings shot themselves.

  92. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Jun 30, 2012 5:08 AM

    Brees for President!!!

  93. vtopa says: Jun 30, 2012 9:01 AM

    Brees is RIGHT. HE has the GUTS to tell it like it is and the “fans” out there trashing him are backing the NFL “authority”? Give me a break.

  94. jasonlbourque says: Jun 30, 2012 9:12 AM

    I’m tired of people saying the Saint’s & Drew aren’t accepting responsibility. Our coach is out a year w/o saying a word. The organization as a whole has owned up to a pay-for-performance system, a big difference from the NFL branding the Saint’s as a pay-for-injure team. Responsibility, sure. Guilty of trying to end players careers, absurd.

  95. phillyforlife says: Jun 30, 2012 9:30 AM

    I really don’t understand how Saints players and fans fail to grasp the concept that one of there coaches and a player admitted that this happened. So to recap for them, Your defensive coordinator admitted he did it apologized for it happened enough said.

  96. mdd913 says: Jun 30, 2012 9:35 AM

    I really don’t understand how Saints players and fans fail to grasp the concept that one of there coaches and a player admitted that this happened.

    ————————————————————–

    And I really don’t understand that you fail to grasp the concept that they never admitted to any such thing, only a pay for performance system.

    But then again, I’m actually capable of comprehending what I read.

  97. patriots123456 says: Jun 30, 2012 12:07 PM

    Several posters here have mentioned the Patriots getting caught in spygate.

    Yes they cheated, yes they got caught, and they got penalized including losing a number 1 draft choice.

    The difference between the Saints and Patriots is that New England didn’t deny it, they didn’t sue the league, they didn’t go on TV crying foul, they didn’t claim everyone else did it.

    You know what they did, they built off it and went on to have an undefeated regular season.

    Brees has become a multi-millionaire thru pro-football, and now his mouth is about as accurate as a mal-functioning Scud Missle. He just needs to shut up IMO.

  98. silentcount says: Jun 30, 2012 1:13 PM

    A player on YOUR TEAM jokes about being paid after a hard legal hit. Would there be any way that you’d say he deserves to be suspended for a year? Of course not, and that’s why this whole thing has been taken to a strange level that defies logic.

  99. ghengy says: Jun 30, 2012 5:07 PM

    You guys are hilarious. The NFL is on a witchhunt, that is clear. And what else is clear is that they are lying about the “50,000″ pages of evidence and testimony they claim they have! Seriously, 50,000 pages?

    The NFLPA should sue to force them to open the books on the NFL equivalent of the 9/11 Commission Report, because I guarantee you 90% of it is total nonsense.

    Way to go Drew, keep telling it like it is.

  100. scandinaviansausage1974 says: Jun 30, 2012 5:18 PM

    Brees’ comments were quite befitting those of the unquestioned leader of a team that largely refuses to take any responsibility for it’s misdeeds.

    Brees goes on national TV to smear the NFL, while accusing the NFL of a smear campaign.

    The best part of all of this is the Karma involved-

    The more Brees talks, the more respect & goodwill he loses from NFL fans. I know Brees claims the Saints have unshakeable confidence, but the Saints have never had to play an entire season as public enemy #1. The Saints will be getting every single team’s best effort, as if they are a hated rival.
    Add in all the bounty-related distraction & the absence of Sean Payton, & my money is on the Saints NOT making the playoffs…even if they do, I’ll gladly pay up to see the entire Saints’ defense get trucked by another RB the way Marshawn Lynch did the year before last.
    Classic.

  101. silentcount says: Jun 30, 2012 8:47 PM

    Scandin — You might be interested in knowing that the players on your team have a great deal of respect for Vilma for showing no fear against the NFL’s dictator. Your coaches respect Joe vitt for speaking out. They respect drew Brees for speaking out. There’s a reason why no defensive players on other teams have pointed a finger at the Saints. Because they know Goodell could accuse them of the same thing. If you had ever played football on a real team, you’d know that the locker room before a game sounds just like Roman Gladiators preparing to go into battle. The talk ain’t pretty, even in little league.

  102. gingerkid2000 says: Jul 5, 2012 12:43 PM

    Way to act like a pretentious whiner Brees.

    Give me a job where I can trash talk the CEO of my company on national television and get paid millions to do it.

    In fact give me a job where I can use profanity when yelling at co-workers, trash talk my company on twitter & facebook, get busted for a DUI, smoke weed, use drugs, sell drugs, face charges of assault, affiliate with criminals, befriend murderers, shoot myself in the leg, beat my wife, hit my girlfriend, abuse animals, father 9 kids from 7 different women, punch a cop, get arrested for disorderly conduct, serve time in prison and not only get to keep that job but make millions off endorsements, get hindquarters smooched 24/7, have around 2 months of vacation per year, health care, meals & get paid millions of for it.

    I don’t have a problem with how much these guys make. I have a problem with how much these guys make and yet they think they’re immune to acting like mature adults. I don’t think a single one of them could handle the real world. It’s no wonder so many of them end up suing the NFL after they retire. Being held accountable for your actions when you’re a regular person stinks but it’s what grownups do It’s not meant for wimps like the NFL players of today who seem to think the sun doesn’t rise until they get up.

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