Saints quarterback Drew Brees is once again ripping the NFL for suspending some of his teammates and coaches for violating the league’s bounty rules.
Brees told Michael Irvin on NFL Network that the bounty discipline, including the yearlong suspension of head coach Sean Payton, hasn’t hurt the Saints’ locker room. In fact, Brees said the Saints are so united in their feeling that they were done wrong by the league office that they’ve become a stronger team.
“If anything it’s just brought us together because I think we’re at a stage now where the public, the fan base, everyone, I think, sees the truth in this,” Brees said. “This process was kind of a sham from the start. We’re being accused of things based on rhetoric, and based on the testimony of some very unreliable people, as opposed to real evidence and real facts.”
Brees has been a consistent critic of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the NFL’s bounty investigation and the resulting discipline. It has to be awkward for Goodell that one of the NFL’s most popular players is using his platform to rip the league.