We considered over the weekend writing a postmortem on the Saints bounty scandal, which landed unexpectedly in the lap of the media (and in turn the fans) on the late afternoon of Friday, March 2, 2012.
But football fans want to look forward, not backward. Besides, I’m still a little lazy when it comes to writing anything that actually requires, you know, planning and thought.
Still, here’s a chance to point out that BountyGate feasted on a one-candle cake this weekend, thanks to a new skirmish between a pair for former teammates.
After months of silence on the question of who actually said, “Give me my money,” Hargrove now claims what the video reasonably suggests: It was defensive tackle Remi Ayodele. That’s what Hargrove told ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
Ayodele sounded off on Twitter in response, contending among other things that Ayodele said “NOTHING” and that “nobody on the team did.”
Well, somebody said, “Give me my money.” And while outside counsel Mary Jo White clumsily explained last year in a session with the media that it must have been Hargrove “[b]ecause you can see his lips moving,” the truth is that you can’t see Hargrove’s lips moving.
In the end, none of it matters for Hargrove. Cut by the Packers as an eight-game suspension was looming, Hargrove was regarded as radioactive until December, when his suspension was overturned by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Here’s hoping that, if Hargrove’s unemployment continues, it will be because he no longer possesses the skills to play football at a high level, and not because he’s being blackballed by the league.
In the end, Hargrove possibly is out of a job because he was accused of lying when, according to Tagliabue, there’s no clear proof he did. In contrast, Mary Jo White, who insisted to the media that Hargrove said “give me my money” based on visual evidence of moving lips that indisputably doesn’t exist, is awaiting confirmation by Congress as the next chairperson of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Sounds about right.