Anthony Hargrove isn’t the only member of the 2009 Saints who believes he didn’t say “give me my money” in the now-infamous sideline video from the NFC title game.
Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that “almost the entire team” believes it wasn’t Hargrove. And the players do believe it was someone else.
Freeman says that the players are trying to get the person whom they believe uttered the words to take responsibility. Though Freeman doesn’t identify the player believed to have said the words, multiple sources have told PFT that the players believe it was defensive tackle Remi Ayodele.
As MDS pointed out earlier in the evening, Ayodele’s agent, Jordan Woy, says that Ayodele doesn’t know who said the words. That’s going to create some awkwardness and tension as Saints player continue to try to persuade Ayodele to own up to the fact that he said it.
For those of you who are sick of hearing about this specific issue (and more than a few fall into the category), we make no apologies for continuing to discuss and analyze and report on it. The NFL inexplicably insists that Hargrove said the words, claiming that the video is clear on that point when it clearly is not. Moreover, common sense points not to Hargrove (who didn’t hit Brett Favre on the play that injured his leg) but to Ayodele (who did) as the person more likely to want to be paid the purported bounty on Favre.
If the NFL would simply admit that which is obvious to anyone with at least one good eye and one good ear and one slightly average brain, this wouldn’t be nearly as big of an issue as it is.