NFL has no comment on Vikings bounty allegations

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If the NFL will be doing anything about allegations that the Vikings had a bounty program in 2009, the NFL isn’t saying so.

The NFL has informed PFT that it has no comment about the allegation made by former Vikings offensive lineman Artis Hicks in the new Brett Favre biography from Jeff Pearlman. (The Vikings have denied the allegations, as has former Vikings head coach Brad Childress.)

Despite the league’s official silence, a full-blown investigation would be a surprise. The league showed no inclination to investigate claims of other bounty programs that emerged in 2012, after the Saints were whacked for allegedly offering cash to players for incapacitating opponents in games like the 2009 NFC championship, against Favre and the Vikings.

Various other players claimed that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams used a bounty program at his past stops, which included Washington, Buffalo, and Tennessee. Faced with a rabbit hole that could have displayed a more widespread cultural phenomenon, the league instead plugged it with cement, hammered the Saints, and scared everyone else straight.

And for good reason. Faced with then-mushrooming concussion litigation, the last thing the league needed was proof that more if not most if not all teams offered a reward for knocking a player out, perhaps in more ways than one.

Of course, now that the concussion litigation is settled (almost), perhaps the league could choose to make an example out of the Vikings, in the same way it chose to make an example out of the Saints.

Ultimately, isn’t that what these issues always come back to? The league, arm with the ability to investigate and discipline most if not all teams for potential violations ranging from the real to the ridiculous to the sublime, can and will do whatever it wants, whenever it wants.

Given the mere passage of time, it would be a surprise if the league decides to reach back seven years for proof of a bounty program in Minnesota when it opted to apply tunnel vision at the time these accounts emerged. Regardless, if the league decides that it wants to pursue this matter aggressively, it can and, as recent history tells us, it will.

69 responses to “NFL has no comment on Vikings bounty allegations

  1. the vikings have bounty allegations?
    oh yeah, i’ve lost my interest in all things NFL aside from my team’s game on sunday and the standings.

  2. And Vikings players have said Hicks is lying, there was no bounty program. It’s a “he said, he said”. No traction whatsoever.

  3. Hey Roger, we Saints fans are still waiting for those 50,000 pages of evidence of a bounty system that the Saints supposedly ran to be released. You told us that evidence would be released “in due time”. To date, not a single page has been released. I wonder why that hasn’t happen.

  4. The Goodell NFL has a bizarre and inconsistent way of handling all real or imagined infractions by clubs or ndividual players, seemingly more interested in setting an example than in honestly, fairly and consistently investigating incidents and, if warranted, handing out punishments.

    Explain to me again how Josh Brown got a 1 game suspension?

  5. 345 Park Ave. does not want this story to come to life.

    Goodell, Mara and their “stooopid” minions need all these bad stories (Josh Brown) to slide into oblivion.

  6. NFL’s Official Crack Investigative Checklist:

    1. Was it the Patriots?

    2. Is there anyway we can blame the Patriots?

    3. Is there video of the alleged malfeasance?

    4. Has any member of the Colts/Giants/Jets complained about the situation?

    5. Has Roger Goodell recently done anything exceptionally stupid which requires an immediate distraction to draw attention from it?

    Answering Yes to three or more questions requires an immediate call to the Wells/Exponent Evidence Fabrication and Predetermined Investigation Department.

  7. Make an example of? If there’s one thing the Vikings have excelled at off the field it’s what not to do. Plenty of examples since before the Dome even existed of actions to avoid. That’s why we love to bleed purple. It’s always something. Skol.

  8. Still on this? When the NFL starts commenting on any one single players story you’re going to have to find a new job, because the sport will be dead. I can’t believe I’m even reading this.

  9. purplepassion1961 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:09 PM
    And Vikings players have said Hicks is lying, there was no bounty program. It’s a “he said, he said”. No traction whatsoever.

    gtodriver says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:09 PM
    Not much for the NFL to comment on.

    It didn’t happen.
    _____________

    Of course if the allegations involved the Packers that would be a different story…

  10. If Hicks would have made this accusation maybe 6-7 years ago, the NFL would have had to deal with it. But with all the time that had passed, how can anything be done at this point? Why wait all this time to say something? Either step up and say something when the NFL is investigating the Saints or keep your mouth shut. It’s a bit late to try to punish the 2009 Vikings.

  11. Roger is probably hoping for another sex boat scandal. That’s when he will really investigate.

    It might take several months of really thorough investigating, though.

  12. Ah yes, guilty until proven innocent.

    Pitchfork Nation is back in full effect!

    It goes all the way back to Salem. Rubes love a good witch hunt(despite a complete absence of any shred of evidence outside of the 7 year after the fact ramblings of a player literally no one has ever heard of who is attempting to make money selling a book).

    Yup. Gotta love the court of public opinion!

  13. We’ve already seen the NFL latch onto false allegations. And after the author who made the allegations recanted and said they were false, the league went ahead and pursued an investigation anyway; so given the leagues history on these sort of things, I don’t see any reason to not investigate.

  14. Goodell doesn’t need allegations about years old shenanigans to target a team. If he wants you he’ll fabricate whatever he thinks is needed and tell whatever lies are needed.

    The Vikes tampered with balls on national tv and got a letter asking them pretty please to stop doing so. No draft picks taken, no fines. They’re obviously not on the Goodell hit list.

  15. gwhite13 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:18 PM

    345 Park Ave. does not want this story to come to life.

    Goodell, Mara and their “stooopid” minions need all these bad stories (Josh Brown) to slide into oblivion.
    ————————————————————–
    You’re wrong. It’s the opposite. Roger NEEDS this Vikings story to have legs in order to distract people from the Brown-Mara debacle.

  16. Yeah, except this time it’s MIN, a welcome addition at the top of the standings (and not just NE … again). So, yeah, it’s all good this time.

  17. One thing is for sure, Mara’s Giants and Johnson’s Jets can do anything they want, including putting a Bounty program in place and Mr “Integrity” will have thier back.

    If you want to know why the NFL’s TV ratings are down, look no further. Who, in there right mind, would give a damn about a league that is manipulated to give certain team an advantage, by the league office.

  18. Hicks has his details wrong, there was a bounty and it was for the transportation of hookers over state lines, a felony in the state of Minnesota.

    No judge would prosecute because the Vikings will present the women who live in Minnesota in their defense and ask the judge, what choice did we really have?

  19. Goodell doesn’t want to go down this road again….he was wrong on the Saints investigation & he will be wrong on this one too if it goes that far…

  20. bastageman says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:56 PM

    It’s a bit late to try to punish the 2009 Vikings.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Most of the 2009 Viking players were punished severely… by being stuck on the 2010 Vikings.

  21. That was 7 yrs ago, probably two maybe 3 guys still on the team…..this is the problem with the NFL and it’s decreasing popularity…..it makes more news with off the field issues and drama than it does on….who are the true superstars now? Brady- the league dragged him through the mud and his golden boy image is gone, Newton-the refs won’t protect him like other star QB, AP-hurt, Von Miller on a team with no offense, Antonio Brown- big ben keeps getting hurt..Aaron Rodgers-no defense ..first thing they need to do is increase the rosters to 65 players, don’t let dead money count towards to cap, get rid of Thursday night football its killing the players, and stop trying to make a buck at the expense of the game, no more London games then fire Goodell and hire a real commissioner whose job it is o oversee the league and make decisions for the betterment of the league and not a petty vendetta….stop worrying about parity, all that gives us is mediocre football…..I hate watching bad football, college is more exciting than what I’ve witness this yr..

  22. Saints beat my team in the Superbowl and even I agree they got railroaded. Ive seen bitter Vikings fans commenting on every Saints forum since 2010 about this BS so this must really kill Viking fans. Colts fans never bring this up on any Saints forum and we lost to them too. Shows we are the bigger man.

  23. How can you do something about a thing that never happened. I don’t trust Childress much, but Ben Leber and Brian Robison said it never happened and , to me, they are unapproachable as far as their honesty. Unlike Artis Hicks, they have nothing to gain by lying about this. This entire story is much to do about nothing and I can’t believe Florio is allowing this nonsense to go on.

  24. I think Elyasm has decoded the discipline system with a couple of additional caveats: Will an investigation impact the Maras or the Rooneys? If so it needs to be avoided at all costs. Will an investigation lead to a reexamination of the unlimited power currently enjoyed by the league after the idiotic Second Circuit decision in the Brady debacle? If so, it must be avoided – the NFL will never let a case get to that level – they have far too much to lose. Wouldn’t it be fun if Goodell levied discipline and the case resulted in a split within the Second Circuit or between Circuits forcing the Supreme Court to re-examine the need to imply fundamental fairness in collective bargaining agreements? Goodell and the legal staff of the NFL need to go – replace him with someone who understands the law and his lawyers with labor lawyers.

  25. What do you call it when if something goes bad for your team you deny it but when it’s a good story you tout it or when something bad happens to the competitor living inside your head you tout it but if a good thing happens to the team living inside your head you deny it? What is it again? What’s the term?

    (Oh, forgot to say, I’m asking the purples)

  26. Why is anyone surprised by this? The only way the Vikings have a chance to win is if they do dirty stuff like that.
    The best part is — it didn’t work then and it won’t work now — or ever.

  27. Hey Roger, we Saints fans are still waiting for those 50,000 pages of evidence of a bounty system that the Saints supposedly ran to be released. You told us that evidence would be released “in due time”. To date, not a single page has been released. I wonder why that hasn’t happen.

    —————————————–

    Those 50,000 pages of evidence must have been in the same file as the psi readings the league took last year that disprove the ideal gas law. Unfortunately they lost the file so we just have to take their word for it.

  28. Vikings who got caught on TV heating balls on sidelines to get a better grip on ball and got a letter of warning while patriots forfeiting draft picks and tb12 4 game suspension for deflating ball for better grip. Sounds like equal justice to me.

  29. nyneal says:
    Oct 28, 2016 8:19 PM
    Why is anyone surprised by this? The only way the Vikings have a chance to win is if they do dirty stuff like that.
    The best part is — it didn’t work then and it won’t work now — or ever.

    right, and meanwhile steroid matthews gets a fine for spearing again

  30. I love how Vikings fans are saying it’s not true because no player has admitted to it, except for two. Hilarious. That’s two more players admitting to a program than the Saints and they still got screwed.

    After seeing the garbage the Saints had to go through with no evidence who would admit they had a bounty program.

    Favre also said there was a bounty program btw…

  31. youngs79 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 7:57 PM

    How can you do something about a thing that never happened. I don’t trust Childress much, but Ben Leber and Brian Robison said it never happened and , to me, they are unapproachable as far as their honesty. Unlike Artis Hicks, they have nothing to gain by lying about this.
    ================================

    What?! Leber is a reporter for Vikings games…what do you expect him to say?

    As for Hicks was does he have to gain? He is not the one writing the book, he has nothing to gain but bad press. The author isn’t a football player.

    Favre when interviewed for the book confirmed there was a bounty program as well…

  32. #nufcedmcgreevey

    The Patriots forfeited draft picks, got fined, and the TB12 suspension for being “suspected” of deflating the balls, regardless of the real evidence pointing to no tampering at all.

    Can you imagine the madness that would ensue if it were the Patriots who were running bounty program? I hate this league. Fire Goodell already.

  33. I’m about 50/50 on whether the Vikings had a bounty program, but if they did, it should didn’t look like it. Maybe they needed more money in the pot.

    The Vikings doesn’t have the same coaching staff and almost non of the same players. Doesn’t make sense to punish them at this point.

  34. Yo Artis ,

    The money drying up or something ? You just bring this up after all those years gone by ? Or it is that you really wanted to get back into some type of spotlight ? Maybe the guy flipped ya a 100 bucks and you just sang like a canary . By the way how much cash do you get ?

  35. Really? Commercials out the ass, crappy prime time games, horrible officiating, and every thursday theres a game…not to mention, what, three London games?? Oh, and every Monday night, too?? Oh, and let us not forget the flags thrown for harmless celebration…Yet, you want to talk about something that might have taken place years ago…

  36. Those cheating Vikings
    I heard they did this
    Deduct wins and suspend their coach
    Fine them a few first round picks
    That LL teach the cheaters

  37. Of course the don’t. They’re not named The New Orleans Saints. Those types of investigations and conclusions are only reserved specifically for the Saints.

  38. In most areas of criminal and civil law there is a statute of limitations for good reason. What is Roger going to do suspend the 2009 players and coaches? The world waits.

  39. No matter what Goodell decides to do about this non-issue, it will be poorly thought out and poorly executed. The outcome will match the agenda that was pre-determined.

    That’s a guarantee.

    This guy’s track record in the real business world would have had him kicked to the curb long ago. Only in America can a dolt like this make that much money for what he does–and viewership continues to slide while he lies about it’s cause and effect.

  40. Geez; seems like a lot of commenters believe in conspiracy theories; have persecution complexes; or just simple trolls. Do not expect justice from the NFL;

    The NFL is a business that is trying to maintain it’s brand. Goodell was hired to take all the heat; all the blame; so the owners do not have too. From the owners perspective he is doing a great job. All this hate directed at goodell very little at the owners. Is exactly what he is suppose to do.

  41. I think the league needs to help the hapless and tasteless teams like the Vikings continue to cheat if only to ensure parity. We all know they aren’t good enough to win one without cheating.

  42. So, Clay Matthews gets fined for a hit in which the player was pushed towards him at an odd angle, and the entire Viking team gets rewarded behind the scenes for doing worse and that’s OK.

    I wish I didn’t have to believe this but anything found on the internet must be true, right? Look how quickly Viking fans lapped up what they read about Aaron Rodgers.

  43. It all makes sense. This is why Favre is doing the electric nose hair trimmer commercials. He misses the easy cash of the bounty days. It is the only way I can rationalize stooping that low for easy money.

  44. When it comes to player safety or Domestic Violence Goodell and the NFL couldn’t care less.

    They’re too busy trying to figure out how to frame Brady again to give another AFC team owner a shot at the Super Bowl

  45. Perhaps the NFL needs to pump the brakes on their seemingly punitive and arbitrary punishments and investigations. At least for a little while.

    We know the examples: the death sentence the NFL gave New Orleans for an infraction that many players said all teams were doing. The power play with the NFLPA over football inflation. The can of worms left unopened in the Peyton Manning affair. The blind eye to Josh Brown. I’m sure others could add more.

    The NFL is facing a ratings issue, and dissatisfaction with fans for reasons that have nothing to do with the product on the field. Maybe the NFL needs to step back, and just play football, without the soap operas and drama that has been associated with it, of late.

    And another small piece of advice: please cut down on the amount of flags. It’s starting to resemble the NBA, and football is much to physical of a game, to force players to replay down after down after down. Again, it’s not the NBA.

    Lastly, if the NFL wants to maintain tradition, how about letting me see my team wear the same uniform at least two weeks in a row. Cut the Go-Go Power Rangers uniforms stuff. It looks second rate.

  46. purplepassion1961 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:09 PM
    And Vikings players have said Hicks is lying, there was no bounty program. It’s a “he said, he said”. No traction whatsoever.

    ———————-
    Where’s your proof it didn’t happen. You Vikings maggots were espousing how Brady was a cheater in the face of an astronomical amount of proof and data to suggest otherwise.
    So, explaine how they didn’t run a bounty program, when multiple players admit they did. Saints and Saint fans should expect no less punishment.

  47. nepatriot1 says:
    Oct 29, 2016 1:29 PM
    purplepassion1961 says:
    Oct 28, 2016 6:09 PM
    And Vikings players have said Hicks is lying, there was no bounty program. It’s a “he said, he said”. No traction whatsoever.

    ———————-
    Where’s your proof it didn’t happen. You Vikings maggots were espousing how Brady was a cheater in the face of an astronomical amount of proof and data to suggest otherwise.
    So, explaine how they didn’t run a bounty program, when multiple players admit they did. Saints and Saint fans should expect no less punishment.
    ——————–
    Where’s ur proof it did happen? At least with ur Brady they had physical proof–underinflated footballs and questionable messages to ball boy underlings. Where’s the pictures showing Saints’ players as injured as Favre? I didn’t see them. Did you? Furthermore, Saints players admitted to the Bounty program by super dirty D coach Gregg Williams, who should be banned by the NFL. Hicks is opening his trap seven years after the fact. Real credible. If he was so bothered by the supposed Vikings’ bounties, why wait so long? 15 min of fame–that’s what it is for this has-been, plus the Vikings are damn good this year. Sour grapes? Wouldn’t put it past this loser. Give it up. This is like charging the Cheeseheads for the dirty hit that tore AP’s ACL years ago. What good would it do now? Nothin

  48. Any evidence the Vikings were out cheap-shotting and headhunting opponents back in those seasons??? NO. Because they weren’t.

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