Vikings, Brad Childress: No truth to Artis Hicks’ bounty allegation

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In an interview for a biography about Brett Favre, former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks told author Jeff Pearlman that coaches on the Vikings had a bounty program similar to the one that landed Saints coach Sean Payton, current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and others suspensions from the NFL after the 2009 season.

Hicks alleged the Vikings, who faced the Saints in that year’s NFC title game and saw Favre get battered over the course of the contest, had their program in place that year as well. Linebacker Ben Leber was also on that team and said he was unaware of such activities as did defensive end Bryan Robison, adding that he thought Hicks was “trying to bring attention” to himself.

The Vikings released a brief statement on Thursday — “There is no truth to it” — and then-Vikings coach Brad Childress, who testified in the Bountygate appeals hearing, also added his own denial.

“I had a great opportunity to coach a lot of great people there, including Artis Hicks, at the Minnesota Vikings,” Childress said, via ESPN.com. “I have too much respect for the Wilf family [and] professional football to have anything to do with a bounty system. I’m going to let it stand at that.”

There’s been no word from the NFL about plans to look into Hicks’ comments. The league’s suspensions of Payton, Williams and other coaches from the Saints stood, but four players suspended by the league had the penalties overturned in an appeal heard by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

38 responses to “Vikings, Brad Childress: No truth to Artis Hicks’ bounty allegation

  1. An offensive lineman remembers this but no one on the defense, the guys who would have implemented it, has any knowledge. Got it.

    However, since there’s as little actual evidence here as there was in “Bountygate”, The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person, Celebrity Commissioner (TM), will spend a ton of time, energy, and money looking for someone to suspend if the Wilfs aren’t among the owners who prop Himself up.

  2. pastabelly says:
    Oct 27, 2016 5:31 PM
    Statute of Limitations has to run out on this at some point unless Ted Wells has a flux capacitor.
    ++++++++++++++++++

    But it is not outside the realm of possibility that Well$ might find that Payton and Brady are both generally aware that it is more probable than not that bounty programs could have conceivably existed and therefore both will require additional suspensions

  3. If there was a bounty program, where is the evidence that the Vikings were going around cheap-shotting opponents that season? I don’t think you will find any, because they weren’t doing it.

    Childress may not have been the greatest head coach, but he wasn’t a scumbag like Payton.

  4. skol4life says:
    Oct 27, 2016 5:36 PM
    I heard the Packers pay referees and take steroids. It’s totally true because it said so.

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    I heard the Vikings pay off judges to get their players out of jail. It’s totally true because it’s true.

  5. Remi Ayodele, who played for both teams in that era, told Joe Vitt they did. In fact, he said they had a more organized version. This was in Joe Vitt’s testimony that he gave in front of a judge. I guarantee he didn’t lie about it, why would he commit perjury when didn’t have to? Childress, along with being an all time terrible coach, is terrible liar.

  6. As for Buzzard Bait Childress, if he spent more time coaching the Vikings instead of kissing Brett Favre’s behind, maybe he’d have won some games.

  7. I suspect the NFL will need a lot more then the word of a book selling has been who really never was to be willing to go down the bountygate path again.

    And man I hope so. It has been all downhill for the league since then.

  8. “if the Wilfs aren’t among the owners who prop Himself up.”

    Given that when the Vikes were seen tampering with balls on national TV they merely got a letter asking them to pretty please don’t do that again I’d say yeah, Goodell won’t care the slightest about this.

  9. For that to have happened the Defensive players would have had to have actually HIT someone. They had a good Offence but the Defense mostly just tripped over their own feet and just fell down.

  10. Yeah I was just waiting in anticipation for him to admit it. What the heck do you expect him to say?

  11. lambeaudungbarn says:
    Oct 27, 2016 6:57 PM

    For that to have happened the Defensive players would have had to have actually HIT someone. They had a good Offence but the Defense mostly just tripped over their own feet and just fell down.
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    Ahh yea they were 6th in total yards allowed, 10th in points allowed per game, 2nd in rushing defense, 19th in passing yards allowed per game, your memory must be pretty fuzzy, they were a solid/top 10 defensive that year

  12. It’s all from some third rate lineman from years ago and it’s been denounced by two other people from that time… go ahead, don’t even investigate facts, suspend him, heck suspend childress and frazier and musgrave if you want that staff is gone. Seriously…

  13. greenwhodat26
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    I call shenanigans. Remi signed in 2011 after the bounty investigation had been going on for 20 months and after Childress was canned. I highly doubt that after a vey public investigation, and a head coaching change to the most passive guy in the league in Lezlie Fraiser, Remi is going to come in and see something worse than he was doing in 2009.

    My guess is tht Remi and Vitt were the scumbags they were proven to be.

  14. Brad Childress? I think everyone else is getting confused – he was in that documentary series Breaking Bad. Raising bounty money must be season two…

  15. If there was a bounty program, where is the evidence that the Vikings were going around cheap-shotting opponents that season? I don’t think you will find any, because they weren’t doing it.

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    Saints opponents were the second-least injured in the league over the 3-year-span in which bountygate supposedly happened. So…..

  16. I’ve said it before and will say it again; any supposed story or book written by this author in question has no credence whatsoever and I hope the NFL waists little to no time investigating this alleged bounty case. He wrote that Rogers, upon meeting Favre for the first time called him ‘grandpa’ w/o talking to either of the individuals who were the only one’s apart of that initial meeting. Like his ‘Sweetness’ book, it will be totally fictitious and non worthy of anyone’s time.

  17. Childress has a hard time of counting up to 12, I doubt he could have organized anything resembling an illegal program. He knew his limitations, that’s why he accepted a head coaching job with the Vikings, he knew he wouldn’t fool anybody else.

  18. I hear Aaron Rodgers pays the ball boy to zip his mouth after he witnessed Clay and Aaron in the showers soaping eachother. It’s true because I have sources that are better than Adam Shefter.

  19. Bad news Vikings fans

    Roger Goodell “learned the lesson” of Ray Rice – and that lesson was to give Josh Brown ONE game!

    Now Roger desperately needs a new “integrity” scandal to dive into and try to change the headlines to save his job

    Your turn!

  20. I still remember a ref stooped down and asked Favre something (probably asked if he was hit late and of course Favre said yes) and after a minute and a half they through the latest flag I’ve ever witnessed in an NFL game….changing yet another 3rd and long into a 1st down. Every Vikings TD drive was aided by the refs and that’s the only reason the Vikings were even close in that champ game

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