The appeal hearing in the bounty case continues on Monday, and an unlikely witness is testifying.
Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress has made the flight from California to Louisiana to testify before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, according to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Childress, the former head coach of the Vikings, reportedly got the bounty ball rolling by complaining to the league office that the Saints had a price tag on the head (and other body parts) of former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Childress specifically said that former Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy had said the Saints had a bounty on Favre.
During the prior phases and stages of the bounty case, Childress had no involvement. Technically, he has no relevance to what did or didn’t happen, since he was merely acting on hearsay and rumor when he reported the bounty to the league office.
And so it’s fair to infer that he’s not testifying because the NFL thinks his version of the facts is relevant, but because the players’ lawyers want to have the opportunity to question him — or because Tagliabue is curious regarding how this all got started, especially since Kennedy vehemently has claimed that he never said anything to anyone about a bounty.