NEW YORK, NY (WSAU) The N-F-L released more of its evidence yesterday that the New Orleans Saints had a bounty system aimed at knocking out opposing quarterbacks. The release came on the same day that Green Bay Packers’ defensive end Anthony Hargrove and three other players had their appeal hearings before Commissioner Roger Goodell on their penalties for the bounty program.
Hargrove was suspended for eight games. Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the season, walked out of the hearing at mid-day, saying it was unfair that Goodell be the quote, “judge, jury, and executioner.”
The biggest revelation was that a 35-thousand-dollar prize was waiting for the Saints’ defender who would knock out Brett Favre from the N-F-C Championship Game in 2010. Former Minnesota Vikings’ coach Brad Childress sparked the investigation, after hearing of a possible bounty on Favre in the Vikes’ title game loss to the Saints.
The league released a video in which linebacker Jonathan Vilma was offering 10-thousand dollars to knock out Favre. Also game video was shown of Saints assistant Joe Vitt telling his defense that Favre had left with a broken leg, and Hargrove – who had the biggest hit on Favre – was heard telling teammate Bobby McCray quote, “Hey Bobby, give me the money.”
A league attorney said much of its evidence was not released because players and coaches would have otherwise hesitated to tell what they knew.