As former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove prepares for a meeting with the NFL next week about his eight-game suspension in the league’s bounty investigation, he says he is prepared to accept nothing less than the NFL admitting it was wrong, and that he did nothing wrong.
And Hargrove said he doubts that’s going to happen.
Asked in an interview with ESPN whether he would be willing to accept a reduced suspension, Hargrove said he sees no reason that he should accept any punishment at all because he still maintains that he did nothing wrong at all.
“If I was guilty of a crime, which I’m not, then I would be open to it. But the fact that I’m not guilty, I don’t want it reduced. I’d like my suspension taken away completely,” Hargrove said.
Asked what the chances are of having his suspension lifted Hargrove answered, “I probably have a better chance of hitting a hole in one.”
Lifting the suspension might turn out to be nothing more than symbolic for Hargrove: He was released by the Packers in August and is not currently with any NFL team, and his career may be over regardless of whether he’s suspended or not. But Hargrove says he still wants to clear his name.