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Brees agrees with Fujita about Goodell, calls bounty case a “sham”

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Scott Fujita lashed out at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday, saying that Goodell’s actions in the Saints bounty case have been detrimental to the league. Now Saints quarterback Drew Brees has weighed in, saying he feels the same way.

“I agree with everything Scott Fujita said in his statement,” Brees said on NFL Network’s NFL AM. “I thought it was a strong statement, but certainly very true.”

Although Goodell reduced Fujita’s suspension from three games to one, reduced Anthony Hargrove’s suspension from eight games to seven and allowed Jonathan Vilma to collect his pay for the first six weeks of the 17-week season, Brees suggested that Goodell didn’t go far enough, and that the suspended players should keep fighting.

“This could go on for a while, because, certainly, our players are not satisfied with some of the things that Commissioner Goodell has claimed or said,” Brees said. “It seems like so much of his suspensions have been based upon speculation and rhetoric and maybe the testimony of some pretty unreliable sources. So that’s the unfortunate thing. It seems like his decision changes quite a bit, or at least the reasoning behind what his decision is. So that’s the disappointing part of it for all of us. Now that we’re in the middle of the season, we just want to play football, we want to focus on winning games. It’s been a tough road, but we’re really just trying to compartmentalize this, block it out so we can focus on the season.”

Brees is making the media rounds this morning, and he also said on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning that he’s angry about the suspensions handed out to Saints head coach Sean Payton and assistant Joe Vitt.

“This whole bounty thing, for the most part, is just a big sham,” Brees said. “The fact that our coaches are suspended for part of the year or the entire year is pretty ridiculous.”

Brees has always been cautious and measured in his public comments, and he’s always been a well respected player. That he’s attacking Goodell shows just how much good will Goodell has lost among NFL players.

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116 Responses to “Brees agrees with Fujita about Goodell, calls bounty case a “sham””
  1. dutchhmaster says: Oct 11, 2012 7:35 AM

    Shut up Drew Brees.

  2. jbpanthers says: Oct 11, 2012 7:35 AM

    Inspector, Brees on the hunt. And he wants a explanation…..again.

  3. itsnotforme says: Oct 11, 2012 7:37 AM

    Brees, you need to keep your mouth shut and focus on playing football. In case you haven’t noticed, your team has only won one game this year.

  4. zeddicuszorander says: Oct 11, 2012 7:38 AM

    Good God Brees…..please shut up.

  5. wryly1 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:42 AM

    Um Drew … neither your Head Coach nor Defensive Coordinator are denying the bounty program – and are taking their lumps. Your denial looks like exactly that – denial.

    As for Fujita, who is no longer a Saint – he’s at the end of his career and likely to retire after this season. Looks like he maybe he was simply trying to salvage his reputation and legacy so he doesn’t go out on that note, but his screeching and whining is having the opposite effect.

    To all who continue to pretend the NFL Commissioner (who serves at the pleasure of the owners) fabricated this whole thing – I might suggest seeking out the services of a reputable proctologist.

  6. pabrownsfan says: Oct 11, 2012 7:44 AM

    Not only the respect of the players but the fans also!

  7. Marv says: Oct 11, 2012 7:45 AM

    Brees has not been “cautious”. In his comments for a while.

    I still think that it’s pretty scary how defensive he is of the penalised players while he should actually (as a member of the NFLPA board) also stand up for the players targeted by bounties.

    He can argue about the right process and the discolure of clear evidence but I think we can all agree on the fact that “something” definitely went on with the Saints. And he just doesn’t seem to care.

    He lost a lot of respect with me over the course of this whole “bounty” thing.

  8. jjb0811 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    Goodell is a detriment to the NFL. He’s bombastic , hypocritical, & deceitful. The game was just fine w/o him in charge and it would be much better off with him removed.

    I find it funny as transparent as he wants the game to be, no one really seems to know where all the fine money goes. Bet he’s skimming.

    The only value he brings is he makes Tags candidacy for the Hall all that much better!

  9. neauxgeaux44 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    Hey, Walmart or factory workers above – I don’t think Drew cares about your flawed opinion….how bad did my Saints beat your team in the past? Must suck to be a jealous Saints hater living in your mqm’s basement…stay classy…and, kiss our SB ring, since obviously your team has ZERO!

    Oh yeah, Geaux Drew!

  10. dkrauss93 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:53 AM

    Drew Brees ladies and gentleman… Drew Brees

  11. burnz1379 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    shut up brees …maybe its time to stop complaining about the bounty and start focusing on your crappy football team…. wait a minute, nevermind, keep complaining… no one wants to see your crappy football team win…

  12. stealersfannot says: Oct 11, 2012 7:56 AM

    Why isn’t anyone of those interviewers asking him why all his coaches owned up to it and took the suspensions?

  13. honeybadger14 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    While I’ve completely tired of this bounty thing I hope it continues and doesn’t evaporate like Goodell hopes.

    Not a good year for the commish at all.

  14. whatigot8 says: Oct 11, 2012 7:59 AM

    Here we go with the shut up Brees x 100.

    He’s promoting an attack on childhood obesity, but yeah shut up drew.

    If he says he won’t answer a bounty question, you people will say he’s a bad teammate, or ‘he’s laying down like the coaches(even though they appealed). Only in America do you have the right to free speech, until the media slanders you and you team til people can’t stomach it.

  15. jcobb22 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    Brees, if I was you I would pay more attention to my team winning than shooting off your mouth

  16. melikefootball says: Oct 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    The Darling of the South should be talking how lucky they are they finally won a game.

  17. kordogg says: Oct 11, 2012 8:07 AM

    Drew Brees is a stat piggy. That is why you’re team is 1-4. Only cares about breaking records for his own personal glory. Look at Tom Brady, Matt Shaub, and Alex smith. They understand how important balance is to an offense. All they care about is their TEAM winning. Drew is a great quarterback but a rather selfish player on the field. He does alot off the field for that city but his contract hissy fit really showed his colors so to speak.

  18. ihatethejets23 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:07 AM

    “That he’s attacking Goodell shows just how much good will Goodell has lost among NFL players.”

    I think it shows more what a delusional clown Drew Brees is.

  19. ronaldmexico7 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:09 AM

    Brees, take your Johnny Unitas record and your eventual 4-12 record and please, please, shut you mouth. Karma is a bitch, and I hope to see your opponents run up the score on your sanctimonious ass like you have to get you hands on those sweet “stats” that you love so much.

  20. cwwgk says: Oct 11, 2012 8:10 AM

    Goodell alleges a bounty program was operated by the Saints. Payton agrees that it happened on his watch. The Saints took it upon themselves to create specific incentives to knock opposing players out of games by injuring them. And Brees thinks it’s Goodell who has been detrimental to the game?

    How about this apparently foreign concept: if the Saints don’t run the program in the first place there would have been no discipline to handed out?

    The attempt to act the part of victims by the players is nauseating. Either they claim there’s no evidence or the evidence isn’t fair. Highly consistent with the mantra of criminal defendants.

    By the way, what happened to the Louis Freeh report? You know, the one that was going to exonerate the Saints? How about Mr. Benson who had a meeting with Goodell in August purportedly to set the commissioner straight?

    If anyone should be screaming bloody murder it should be the owner. The silence of Mr. Benson is deafening.

  21. 1historian says: Oct 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    some one sure has stirred up the peanut gallery this a.m.

  22. andymannfl says: Oct 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    “That he’s attacking Goodell shows just how much good will Goodell has lost among NFL players”

    Really, is that what it shows? I don’t think it shows that at all. Don’t take comments from the Saints as representing the NFL players at large. I don’t hear players that were the targets of the bounty scandal lashing out at Goodell.

    Look, Brees continues – ironically – to ignore the fact that it was HIS TEAM’S D-Coordinator that admitted there was a bounty program. What did he expect Goodell to do with that admission?

  23. ncsteeler83 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:13 AM

    Stop the presses….Drew Brees is speaking. Shut up already!!

  24. jpb12 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:14 AM

    We all heard Gregg Williams. We all saw them go after Favre.

    Why guys like Brees, Roger Clemens and yes, Lance Armstrong .. insist on treating us like fools is beyond me.

    It takes away from all the good stuff they’ve done in their careers and in their communities.

  25. gronkzilla says: Oct 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    Brees you need to be focusing on your next game that you have to throw 40+ passes in order to keep your streak alive. Maybe you can ask the league for special permission for Vilma to be in the stands for #50.

  26. wtfru2 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    If Drew spent as much time working on his game as he does yakking about Goodell, his record might be better than 1 and 4…..

  27. sb44champs says: Oct 11, 2012 8:18 AM

    Here comes the ‘Brees please shut up’ comments from all the fans that are obviously envious that 6′ 0″ Brees is a great QB and definitely a Top 10 QB of all time…You all need to SHUT THE &*%$ UP, LOL!!!!

  28. orakpocalypse says: Oct 11, 2012 8:18 AM

    Why do people want Brees to shut up? Goodell has made a mockery of the NFL and ruined the Saints for at least a year. Why can’t the man speak up about it? I’m not a Saints fan, but somebody needs to say something.

  29. sj39 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    Remember when Drew Brees played football? I wasn’t very impressed by him then, not much of a fan of his really. Now I dislike him even more.

  30. thehuckster404 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:20 AM

    Brees says essentially the same thing everytime he is questioned about the issue. Is the media hoping he will suddenly admit to the bounty program if they ask enough? Maybe Kim Kardashian will also admit she leaked her own sex tape one day.

  31. pixelito says: Oct 11, 2012 8:20 AM

    It’s all about you, Drew… Keep celebrating your personal records while your team is the worst in football.

  32. sb44champs says: Oct 11, 2012 8:21 AM

    Do ya’ll really think Brees gives a rats a$$ what any of you think of him… He is ten times more successful and an overall better human than any of you dum a$$es!!! BOO-YA!!!

  33. sampulls says: Oct 11, 2012 8:22 AM

    Over the last 6-12 months I have lost all respect for Brees. He is a big cry baby.

  34. cuda1234 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:22 AM

    This is why I no longer root for Drew Brees and was really hoping he didn’t get Johnny U’s record. Shut up and play Mr. Brees.

  35. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Oct 11, 2012 8:23 AM

    Sure did sound like a “SHAM” on that Greg Williams pre-playoff speech audio recording Drew. Shut your pie hole you entitled little baby! Oh wait, your competition is shutting it for you this year!

  36. ampats says: Oct 11, 2012 8:24 AM

    Roger Goodell is going to need more security than Obama around him during SB week in New Orleans. I can only imagine what a drunken Saints fan may do upon seeing him in the French Quarter ?

  37. jpmelon says: Oct 11, 2012 8:25 AM

    unreliable sources?!? They’re your damn teammates!

  38. randomguy9999 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:25 AM

    blah blah blah….. all these guys squawk non stop and whine about being punished for something they did…. they did it…. they actually did it….

    this is one of those cases where so much stuff happens that everybody… especially the perps… forgets that they actually did it.

  39. sb44champs says: Oct 11, 2012 8:26 AM

    “That he’s attacking Goodell shows just how much good will Goodell has lost among NFL players.”
    EXACTLY… And Brees has just about every NFL player in his corner when it comes to this subject!

  40. musicman495 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:27 AM

    Gee, I wonder if the “Brees, just shut up comments” come from the same people who say that Brees does not care about his teammates, and only cares about himself? You go, Drew.

  41. footballfan58 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:28 AM

    I used to really like Brees. I was very happy for him when they won the Super Bowl. Now, I’ve lost all respect for him and have seen how he’s become outright defiant and selfish. I’m not particularly a fan of Goodall’s, but I can’t figure out why this man would purposely hurt a franchise without a really good reason. Instead of being a leader for his team and taking the high road, Brees is showing what he is really made of and it doesn’t smell very good.

  42. mophunk says: Oct 11, 2012 8:31 AM

    Wow…only took 5 minutes for the first unoriginal loser to make the “needs an explanation” comment. Then again, can’t expect much from a Panthers fan anyway, so I guess my point is moot.

  43. effjohntaylornorelation says: Oct 11, 2012 8:31 AM

    Brees needs to LOCK IT UP! His team is 1-4, seriously.

  44. flfan says: Oct 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    Saints players must think if they deny it loud enough, stamp their feet hard enough and pout long enough, people will begin to agree with them. Did they forget their coach admitted it? did they not hear the tape of williams telling his players to target another player? did they not hear the audio of their own players yelling on the sideline “where’s my money” when favre got knocked out of the game? even if this is all the nfl has, it’s enough to warrent the suspensions.

  45. gmsingh says: Oct 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    I’m all for Brees speaking his mind–after he figures out how to win football games.

  46. dmatt777 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    How many of you clowns team been torched by Drew Bree’s and the Saints?
    Oh yes, the vast majority of you yackety yacks.
    Splains the HATE.
    GUESS I got my EXPLANATION!!!!!

    Keep pushing Saints,Keep pushing….

  47. asseenonokra says: Oct 11, 2012 8:37 AM

    Not too many bright people in this thread.

    Get him, Drew. Keep doing what you do.

  48. njsteelersfan says: Oct 11, 2012 8:39 AM

    I wonder what Brees and the Saints fans would say if this happen to them . They would be calling for the players to be kicked out of the league

  49. SeenThisB4 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:39 AM

    I guess the initiative to reduce the preseason from 4 games to 2, and increase the regular season schedule from 16 to 18 games is toast.

  50. saint4life says: Oct 11, 2012 8:42 AM

    Its all starting to make sense to me now. Kennedy claims that he was never interviewed by the NFL or the NFL security. He also claims that he never spoke with Hargrove about anything to do with a bounty program to. Now here is where things make sense, Childress spoke with Goodell about Kennedy claiming there was a bounty program right? Could it be that Childress is the real whistleblower? Did Childress make these claims because he was upset about losing the NFC Championship and fabricated the whole story up? I think the players lawyers may want to interview Childress because maybe he made the whole thing up on his own and actually is throwing Kennedy under the bus. Childress is the one of the key figures in this whole ordeal and his name is never mentioned , until this story came out.

  51. trojanwarrior007 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:44 AM

    What’s the next record for Brees to focus on? I’m so glad Terry Bradshaw called him out on it.

  52. brenenostler says: Oct 11, 2012 8:45 AM

    Amazing how much respect I’ve lost for Brees and Rodgers. I always thought they were the good guys.

  53. coltzfan166 says: Oct 11, 2012 8:53 AM

    Dude be happy he even let Sean Payton watch you break that record. Now please shut up.

  54. comeonnowguys says: Oct 11, 2012 8:59 AM

    I wonder if the Saints and their fandom realize that the only thing keeping their public Persecution Pity Party from being the ubiquitous joke across the country is the even more ridiculous one being held by the fans of Penn State.

  55. glennsyank13 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:15 AM

    Doesn’t it seem like Drew and Shawn Payton are dating? Not that there is anything wrong with that.

  56. thisdj84 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:20 AM

    So sick of the Saints, Brees and the whole bounty scandal. I have lost all respect for Brees. No way Goodell is making an example NFL’s poster child Saints unless he has cause. SHUT UP DREW!

  57. whatigot8 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:23 AM

    SJ is not impressed by 5200 yards, 45 tds in one season. What would it take? What’s also not gonna impress him is when this Brees streak gets to 85.

  58. jonny42671 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:33 AM

    Clemons, Armstrong and Brees. Terrible role models. Let’s show our kids how to cheat and use our arrogance to think we can get away with it !

  59. bathroomben7 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:33 AM

    Drew Brees is the fakest person in the NFL. At least Pacman Jones is real and honest; Brees is much worse because he puts out the vibe that he’s a good guy when he’s in reality not much better as a person. Knowing anything about him or 2 minutes of research could tell you that.

  60. rockashar says: Oct 11, 2012 9:35 AM

    Brees doesn’t want his superbowl to be tainted but its kinda too late. As a diehard Packer fan it pains me to say that the malicious hits on Favre and the brutal reffing were instrumental in Saints win. Yes I know they fumbled 5 times andFavre threw the late pick but I challenge anyone impartial to watch that game and tell me the Vikings got a fair shake. It simply was the worst refereed game ive ever seen.
    Thats what the “attorney” in Brees is trying to distract you from and thats why the NFL network has never replayed the game.

  61. stellarperformance says: Oct 11, 2012 9:39 AM

    Lance Armstrong agrees that the NFL doesn’t have any proof. Goodell is just making this stuff up….because he felt like it. Right.

  62. coltzfan166 says: Oct 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    At least give Goodell some credit for keeping his composure through all of this. Guys like Brees are always bashing him, but it’s never the other way around.

  63. dcmaxx says: Oct 11, 2012 9:47 AM

    LOL. You guys are funny coming on here: “Waaaa I hate the Saints” “Waaaa I don’t like Drew Brees”. Who are the real the whiners here? Oh, and the comments comparing the bounty to Penn St and the person comparing Brees to Pacman Jones just shows how rational most of you are. I’m sure Drew Brees is bothered by your comments!

  64. purplegreenandgold says: Oct 11, 2012 10:02 AM

    it’s funny… I read the previous post about Kennedys’ denial to being a snitch in the”bounty” case and wondered where were all the haters. Read this post of Brees agreeing with Fujita… found them! I guess your selective haters however Brees has as much of a right to speak…as you have to say “just shut up”. Seems to me he doesnt read pft.

  65. infectorman says: Oct 11, 2012 10:14 AM

    This tool cannot lose enough!

    Now he wants his Binky Coach to see him break a record?!?! Please! What a complete Pu$$ this dude is.

    Running up the score to set records against Atlanta?
    Can’t wait to see Falcons exact their revenge, and I don’t even like the Falcons- Brees and his cronies created a TON of National Falcon fans with that move


  66. bkostela says: Oct 11, 2012 10:16 AM

    all this “we broke the record” stuff from brees makes him sound fake as hell. “you” broke the record drew, it’s an individual record. stop trying so hard to convince everyone you’re a “team first” guy.

  67. karlpilkington says: Oct 11, 2012 10:17 AM

    Remember when the Saints were the darlings of the NFL, seems like such a long time ago. Karma is a biatch..

  68. purpleguy says: Oct 11, 2012 10:21 AM

    If Brees exercises his constitutional right to speak out against the bounty punishments, the rest of the world has an equal right to speak out and call him a myopic dope. Well, most admittedly just call him a dope.

  69. mnmattvike says: Oct 11, 2012 10:37 AM

    Just punch Brees in his little wiener!

  70. mrlaloosh says: Oct 11, 2012 11:02 AM

    Do any of you losers think Brees cares if you “lost respect” for him? Child please!

  71. mattolikesthevikes says: Oct 11, 2012 11:12 AM

    I use to love brees Now he’s just a whiny baby. So sick of this guy.

  72. rendumas says: Oct 11, 2012 11:14 AM

    Saints will keep fighting Goodell and will keep losing games. With all that talent they will get their coach back next year and a top 5 pick. They will be scary and remember all the naysayers from this season.

  73. punkmonkeyfaces says: Oct 11, 2012 11:23 AM

    I love chicken Fujitas

  74. texvike says: Oct 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    I noticed that Brees got his Coach(s) and GM to the game on Sunday for another media spectacle for the darling Saints and favored child Drew Brees, what I didn’t see is any microphones around these guys, no doubt because if they were asked if there were a bounty program they would have to unequivocally say “yes, of course”-otherwise they would have to admit that they had lied to Goodell, again.

  75. asseenonokra says: Oct 11, 2012 11:26 AM

    pixelito says:
    Oct 11, 2012 8:20 AM
    It’s all about you, Drew… Keep celebrating your personal records while your team is the worst in football.


    Hey, super genius…

    How can you fault a guy for celebrating scoring TDs? You realize that scoring TDs is good for the team, right?

  76. caseyanthonymunoz says: Oct 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    Indoor QB. Do it outside like Ben, Brady, Eli, or Rodgers. His stats are soooo overrated.

  77. olcap says: Oct 11, 2012 11:32 AM

    “Brees has always been cautious and measured in his public comments, and he’s always been a well respected player. That he’s attacking Goodell shows just how much good will Goodell has lost among NFL players.”


    Brees has only been a big baby throughout this whole affair, that’s for sure. And, he has lost a lot of the respect of fans that once held him in high regard. Myself included.

  78. vikesfansteve says: Oct 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    The NFL and the refs conspired to bring the Saints a title and now it’s coming back to bite the hand that feed them. I bet the league is now regretting that decision. The Refs are the reason the Saints beat the Vikings not the bounties. The thing is that Williams and Payton both admitted the bounty system exists, it is a fact that can not be disputed. The players going on and on to deny it just puts into question their personal morals and reliability. As Shakespeare would say, THY PROTESTETH TOO MUCH. Meaning they deny it so emphatically they must be guilty. Like a child caught stealing cookies from the cookie jar and denying it with crumbs all over their fat faces.

  79. meandjuliojonesdownbytheschoolyard says: Oct 11, 2012 11:38 AM

    Stop whining. This isn’t a court of law, they broke the rules and should be embarrassed. Let it go and show us your new found character by coming back and playing with respect. They are not bigger than the NFL.

  80. junkfooddaddy says: Oct 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    When the Patriots got punished they were not happy but after their initial comments you didn’t hear one word. They didn’t let it become a distraction and they took out their frustrations on the field.

    The Saints have done the opposite and continue to do the opposite. They have a losing record this year because they continue to allow themselves to be distracted.

  81. dannymac17 says: Oct 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    Your team put bounties on opposing players.

    Your owner and coaches have admitted to such.

    How is it a “sham”???

    as an NFLPA rep, you should have been focusing on player safety rather than sticking up for your team mates.

    I use to like Drew Brees, but man, he just never keeps his trap shut.

  82. lippy4246 says: Oct 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    You have to love all the Saints fans who blame Goodell, the NFL, and every other team for the mess they’re in. Time to look in the mirror and blame Benson, Payton, Williams, Loomis, your defensive coaches and players for this mess and take some responsibility. I’d be embarrassed if my team pulled garbage like this, especially if they didn’t own up to it. Some of you act like Penn State fans

  83. jeremycrowhurst says: Oct 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    Well, Goodell did say that captains on a team are required to speak up when they believe the people above them are acting against the interests of the game.

    This is your chickens coming home to roost, Roger.

  84. montanapredator says: Oct 11, 2012 12:15 PM

    When you cheat in sports, you should pay a price — not just a few wrist slapping suspensions. Olympic cheaters lose their medals, Lance will lose his Tour de France titles. Instead of his pathetic whining, crybaby Brees should be thankul their NFC and Super Bowl titles were not stripped as they should have been. You build a city below sea level and whine about floods, and then you cheat and whine about getting caught. Disgusting.

  85. RUAHORNH8R says: Oct 11, 2012 12:27 PM

    People outside the football world think football players & fans are dumb meatheads!!! While I am a fan, and have defended that position, if the majority of your comments were read by those people , it would support their argument!
    Bottom line, The Saints DID have a Bounty Program! They WERE caught, and now are paying the penalty! If it were untrue, Don’t you think Sean Payton would have fought it also??? Think People!!!!
    Do you really think Roger Goodell would make things up??? He hates this as much as anyone!
    Goodell has been fantastic for the League, to say otherwise is uneducated & foolish!

  86. bleedgreen11 says: Oct 11, 2012 12:51 PM

    drew brees please stop talking and continue throwing the football. 5-0 in fantasy thanks in large part to you, lets keep it that way please.

  87. cags777 says: Oct 11, 2012 12:59 PM

    While I’ll concede that Goodell isn’t the best leader for the NFL, Brees enabling the behavior of his coaches and current and former teammates is more troublesome and shows the fact that they, too, could care less about player safety in this league. Karma has already been playing a huge part for their awful seasons and I expect more when the coaches return from their suspensions.

  88. stillwaters75 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:01 PM

    Funny how defending yourself or the people around you is considered whining. What has Brees done to upset so many people? Won a Super Bowl? Spoke out for the players during the lockout? Helped a major U.S. city recover from one of the worst natural disasters in history?

    And for the idiots who keep saying “Sean Payton didn’t fight it…blah blah blah” He couldn’t fight it! There’s no coaches union. The coaches work for the teams/NFL. Oh and he did speak out against it as much has he could and he appealed.

    So if you’re so sick of the story or the Saints…or Brees. Stop clicking the stories! Keep it moving. But if you choose to say something, at least know what you’re talking about.

  89. bangitfootball says: Oct 11, 2012 1:27 PM

    Oh I see instead of spending the bye week working on improving his 1-4 pitiful underperforming wreck of a team Drew the Ego went on a multimedia tour of venom and hate on several TV and radio shows. Drew please shut up, you turned into the most unlikeable guy in the last 2 years Its really sad. Your ego,revenge or stupidity must be fueling this because you let the fans down and noone believes any of your nonsense.

  90. protagoras111 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:28 PM

    Remarkable theory. Yeh Childress fabricated the whole story out of thin air. Then when the hammer came down on Greg Williams he just buckled and said, yes we did do that; I accept my punishment. You sir are a typical Saint fan: in need of psychological help.

  91. datathoughts says: Oct 11, 2012 1:30 PM

    Anyone who thinks Brees is wrong or crazy should simply read the story that came out today in regards to Vikings player Jimmy Kennedy and his supposed testimony that he knew there was a bounty on Farve and that a Saints player gave him that information. The NFL states that “Our office promptly investigated this matter. We interviewed Coach Childress and Mr. Kennedy” and they used that testimony as evidence. There is only one problem. Kennedy says he NEVER spoke to anyone with the NFL or anyone outside the NFL and that he never heard of any bounty. The NFL is just making up stuff as they go along. Evidence time and time again has been proven wrong and much of it just plain made up. Not only is Brees showing guts by standing up to them but he is right in what he is saying.

  92. datathoughts says: Oct 11, 2012 1:34 PM

    Hey RUAHORNH8R Sean Payton has never admitted to any bounty nor has any of the Saints players or coaches. To the contrary they have all denied it. You need to get your facts straight before spouting off. What Payton, owner Tom Benson, Joe Vitt and many many others have said is that the NFL twisted their testimony and turned pay for performance into some type of bounty. Every team has pay for performance pools. You are being totally ignorant when you post things that you know nothing about.

  93. datathoughts says: Oct 11, 2012 1:41 PM

    One last thing. To all of you uneducated univolved so called football fans please show me one, 1, ONE link, example or story where a Saints player, coach or owner admitted to having a bounty. If and when you can’t find it please apologize and say that you were wrong and that that the NFL owes the Saints and apology.

  94. gingerkidboston2012 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:46 PM

    When did Brees become such a pretentious, bellyaching whiner? Dude, seriously. Your team is 1-4. Stop trying to be a media opportunist worrying about whether or not a coach, who signed a sworn statement saying it happened, is present at another teams stadium to watch you pad your stats while your team doesn’t make it to another Super Bowl and might not even make it to the playoffs. You’re defending guys who would sell you out in a New York minuet if it meant getting out of being suspended.

  95. commonsensedude says: Oct 11, 2012 2:02 PM

    The irony is that Roger Goodell has personally done more to harm professional football than any of the players or coaches being accused of involvement in “Bounty Gate.”

    The average fan isn’t as upset about the fact that an idiot coach and a few idiot players messed up as they are about:

    1) The fact that nearly a quarter of the games this season were run by the unqualified and sometimes inept “replacement refs” – all because Roger Goodell decided to lock them out.

    2) The fact that we almost missed games last season because of the lockout saga.

    3) The fact that Goodell just won’t leave a good product alone. Football was just fine before Sir Roger came into town. But now we’ve got to try to have expansion into the UK – something the teams don’t want. An 18-game season. Pink ribbons on the players. Massive fines for franchises for violating the spirit of “unwritten rules.”

    Goodell is a disaster.

  96. philtration says: Oct 11, 2012 2:08 PM

    This guy cries so much the league should make him an honorary Green Bay Packer.

  97. drgreenstreak says: Oct 11, 2012 2:12 PM

    datathoughts – You are mincing words. Bounty, pay-to-perform, etc. It’s all the same.
    Yes, Saints coaches admitted it. Not gonna repeat the obvious.

  98. purplegreenandgold says: Oct 11, 2012 2:14 PM

    vikesfansteve says: Oct 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    The NFL and the refs conspired to bring the Saints a title and now it’s coming back to bite the hand that feed them. I bet the league is now regretting that decision. The Refs are the reason the Saints beat the Vikings not the bounties. The thing is that Williams and Payton both admitted the bounty system exists, it is a fact that can not be disputed. The players going on and on to deny it just puts into question their personal morals and reliability. As Shakespeare would say, THY PROTESTETH TOO MUCH. Meaning they deny it so emphatically they must be guilty. Like a child caught stealing cookies from the cookie jar and denying it with crumbs all over their fat faces.
    sooo…the vikes had nooothing to do with that lost. lets just focus on what happened BEFORE what you are claiming since that occurred during overtime. During the course of quarters one thru four the vikes fumbled multiple times…and during the last drive in regulation your team had 12 men on the field, then your quarterback threw a pass your pop warner coach tell you not to throw. To add insult to injury if you look at that play on film… your quarterback could have ran for atleast 10 yards and get out of bounds. Soooo PLEASE I know you only want to focus on overtime but your team even after multiple turnovers…12 men on the field penalty could have won it in regulation… but didn’t.

  99. marthisdil says: Oct 11, 2012 2:22 PM

    Well, perhaps they shouldn’t have ratified a CBA that gives Goodell those priviledges….

    That means they can only blame themselves.

  100. protagoras111 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:23 PM

    Greg Williams’ statement:

    “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the ‘pay for performance’ program while I was with the Saints,” Williams said in a statement. “It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

    Any questions?

  101. musicman495 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    vikesfansteve says: Oct 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    The NFL and the refs conspired to bring the Saints a title and now it’s coming back to bite the hand that feed them. I bet the league is now regretting that decision. The Refs are the reason the Saints beat the Vikings not the bounties.
    Let’s see, the league that could not possibly be lying about their evidence against the Saints must be lying about a conspiracy to allow the Saints to win the Super Bowl, right? And you, of course, know of some evidence of this grand conspiracy, other than the testimony of all your loser Viking fan friends who agree with you? I am sure Favre’s interceptions and Peterson’s 33 fumbles could have had nothing to do with the Vikings losing, could it?

    And people say the SAINTS whine too much? Sheesh.

  102. noreasterforlife says: Oct 11, 2012 2:49 PM

    Bree’s, Your popularity is shrinking likes Farve’s when he couldn’t decided to retire or not.
    To echo the other posts here, even your coaches acknowledged they did it. FOR 3 YEARS after the NFL told you to knock it off!
    Shut up, me thinks thou does protest to much.

  103. thecurlpantry says: Oct 11, 2012 3:13 PM

    I think I’m just going to be preaching to the choir on this one.

    If they weren’t 1-4 right now, he wouldn’t be saying anything. If anything he’d probably be all hugged up on Godell singing his praises. Even after the debacle that was the referee lockout.

    Just shut up and play football.

  104. macbull says: Oct 11, 2012 3:25 PM

    I have to laugh at all who believe Brees should “shut up”…

    This isn’t Communist China, folks…

    Four generations in this family have served in the military to insure you and Drew Brees have the right to speak “freely”.

    …Brees needs to shout it from the mountain top if he believe Bountygate is a sham.

    I happen to agree with Brees, Bountygate is a “sham”…and that is putting it nicely…fact is Goodell is a sham commissioner.

  105. openendedcomment says: Oct 11, 2012 3:27 PM

    Seriously? You wear a Championship ring that was achieved through illegal means. These suspensions are a mere slap on the wrist. To show any class the right thing to do would be to issue a public apology to the teams and players you and your team-mates intentionally injured. The gentlemanly thing would be to donate your Superbowl bonus monies to a youth football group or to one of the many charities established for players injured on the field at the high school or college level. Instead you whine that “it’s not fair that we’re being punished for what we did”…really? Shame on you and your colleagues in the Saints organization for being the very worst example for our youth who love the sport. You are right about one thing, Goodell mishandled this. He ought to have inflicted a far harsher penalty.

  106. datathoughts says: Oct 11, 2012 3:58 PM

    It is totally unreal to me that people actually believe that a Saints player or coach has acknowledged that there was a bounty. Show me one shred of evidence that backs this up. You can’t because there is none yet people keep making stupid comments alluding to the fact that someone admitted it. It hasn’t happened!

  107. datathoughts says: Oct 11, 2012 4:02 PM

    Greg Williams statement is a perfect examle. Everyone thinks he admitted to a bounty but he admitted to pay for performance. Something every team and player in the league has admitted doing for years. Paying to injure has never been admitted to because it never happened!

  108. dcmaxx says: Oct 11, 2012 4:28 PM

    “issue a public apology to the teams and players you and your team-mates intentionally injured”

    Please name one of these players that the Saints injured intentionally. Your entire paragraph was overly dramatic and not based in facts but yet you think you know so much about what really happened.

  109. n001363 says: Oct 11, 2012 11:02 PM

    I hate Drew Bree’s beyond words. He just screwed his team by overloading the salary cap on one position. Good luck finding money for the rest of the team. Your Lombardi is as worthless as Lance Armstrongs tour-de-France wins. Your a liar and you know it. I don’t know anyone who respects you anymore.

  110. bbk1000 says: Oct 12, 2012 6:25 AM

    Drew Brees may be the biggest sissy in sports. This guy whines and whines, I wish he would just shut his yapper….

  111. dcmaxx says: Oct 12, 2012 9:14 AM

    More over dramatics in here. Are you guys actually crying as you write about your hatred for the Saints and Brees. How many people do you know? Let me guess: you live in Atlanta? Louisiana and Saints fans love Drew Brees as a person and football player. If the rest of the country doesn’t it’s really not our problem.

  112. sbc85 says: Oct 12, 2012 2:39 PM

    “junkfooddaddy says:Oct 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    When the Patriots got punished they were not happy but after their initial comments you didn’t hear one word. They didn’t let it become a distraction and they took out their frustrations on the field.”

    People need to stop comparing the Patriots’ punishment to the Saints’. Did the Patriots lose their SB-winning coach for even one game? No. They got a slap on the wrist in comparison. You can’t even begin to compare what the two franchises were put through because it’s not even in the same stratosphere.

  113. rooneyruleblues says: Oct 12, 2012 5:09 PM

    If you had an * placed at the end of your Super Bowl Victory you wouldn’t let it go easily either. Brees is not the angel the media has made him out to be over the years. Actually hes kind of an ashH0l3 when the cameras arent near. Anyone can write a check.

  114. infectorman says: Oct 13, 2012 4:45 PM

    datathoughts says:
    Greg Williams statement is a perfect examle. Everyone thinks he admitted to a bounty but he admitted to pay for performance.


    Explain the difference, please…

  115. dolphins512 says: Oct 17, 2012 1:50 PM

    Drew, please shut up and just play football.

    You need to spend all your time preparing to win your next game…….not keep rehashing this issue.

    This is getting really old.

  116. nflrule says: Oct 18, 2012 6:28 PM

    Anybody else get a chuckle when Brees does the pre-game ritual of getting the team ‘pumped-up’ with his rap/singing with all the cameras on him?Guy looks like an arrogant jerk who loves himself way too much!

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