Free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, appearing with agent Phil Williams, was interviewed on Sunday by James Brown of The NFL Today on CBS.
Much of what Hargrove said during the rubber-ball-in-a-small-room conversation was old news, for folks who have been following the case. The freshest nugget came from Hargrove’s assessment of the appeal hearings conducted by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
Hargrove said he believes Tagliabue was fair, based on the things Hargrove heard while participating in the proceedings by phone.
Of course, Hargrove may not feel that way once Tagliabue issues his ruling.
Much of the conversation became bogged down over the difference in semantics arising from paying players for injuries versus rewarding players for clean, legal hits that knock players out of games.
On the stale and largely settled question of whether Hargrove is the person who said “give me my money” on the tape from the sidelines of the 2009 NFC title game, Hargrove said that, when he was first interviewed by NFL security in March 2010, investigator Joe Hummel said that the league knows it wasn’t Hargrove.
Now, everyone else knows that Hummel said the league knew at the time.