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Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Posted on: March 5, 2012 11:08 am
Edited on: March 5, 2012 12:18 pm
 
Favre got leveled more than once against New Orleans back in 2009. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

At the heart of BountyGate (and I'll personally pay someone $10 to knock that name out of play) is the 2009 NFC Championship Game, when the Saints beat Brett Favre and the Vikings. As reported by CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered up $10,000 for anyone who knocked Favre out of the game.

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You'd think that news might upset Favre, but he told Sports Illustrated's Peter King that he was "not pissed" and that he respects Vilma as well as then-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

"I'm not pissed," Favre said. "It's football. I don't think anything less of those guys. I would have loved to play with Vilma. Hell of a player. I've got a lot of respect for Gregg Williams. He's a great coach. I'm not going to make a big deal about it. In all honesty, there's a bounty of some kind on you on every play. Now, in that game there were some plays that, I don't want to say were odd, but I'd throw the ball and whack, on every play. Hand it off, whack. Over and over. Some were so blatant. I hand the ball to Percy Harvin early and got drilled right in the chin. They flagged that one at least.

"I've always been friends with Darren Sharper, and he came in a couple times and popped me hard. I remember saying, 'What THE hell you doing, Sharp?' I felt there should have been more calls against the Saints. I thought some of their guys should have been fined more.''

Favre did say, however, that he was glad the "truth comes out" now with respect to how the Saints behaved on the field, although he wouldn't exactly be compelled to serve as a witness in a court of law.

"Now the truth comes out. That's good. But that's football. The only thing that really pisses me off about the whole thing is we lost the game. That's the thing about that day that still bothers me. And that's the way it goes. If they wanted me to testify in court about this, they'd be calling the wrong guy."

It would be interesting to see whether or not Favre would meet with Roger Goodell, though. It's unlikely he would, and as a retired player, it's also unlikely Goodell and the league could compel him to take a trip to New York anyway.

But it's not like they have to: replays of the game against the Saints show countless instances where Favre took late shots. They were deemed "aggressive" at the time, but with the knowledge that there was a five-figure bounty on knocking Favre out, "malicious" seems like a better description.

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rangerswin12
Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:12 pm
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Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Sorry, but if the NFL wanted to fine and suspend players on a play 3 years ago, they needed to do it three years ago. You cant take knowledge now and review stuff from 3 years ago. AS for suspending Peyton and Loomis, no one has yet proved they knew about this or that they could have known about this program concocted and conducted in secret. As for the "he's the head coach" argument, we dont hang the captain when the crew commits mutiny, we hang the crew. If Peyton knew, fine him and move on. You cant suspend Peyton when you didnt even suspend Bellichek for outright CHEATING! Suspend players onlky if you can prove they participated and leveled dirty hits. Most of the Saints "dirty hits" were already penalized and fines levied, Gooddell cant go back and fine a guy a second time for something he has been fined for already (double jeopardy).

All in all, the Saints screwed up, but there is not much Gooddell can do unless there is something ALREADY set up in the rules for him to do. Making an example of one team for an action committed by many creates a competitive imbalance in the league. Sorry haters, but fines are all I see, hefty, but nothing more. Goodell can then lay it out to all teams that in the future, this will cost draft picks and suspensions.




Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: March 5, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

These gusy were clearly taking late hits and low hits at Favre and the refs didn't make the calls.  Saints fans - yes, you got your Super Bowl, but you know it was given to you by the NFL.


MASS COWARD
Since: Mar 5, 2012
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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

 THey should all be fined and KICKED THE HELL OUT OF THE LEAGUE.  Now grow some balls Goodell and do a great thing for thios sport.

Oh don't worry, Goodell will do plenty about this.  He's going to take his time though, that's for sure.  There is no rush, we're only just now getting into March and the first exhibition games aren't even played until August.  He's not going to rush into a decision...

But I'll tell you what he is going to do, he's going to penalize the Saints in a way nobody in the history of the NFL has ever been penalized.  Like I said before, if they fined Belichik a record 500 thousand dollars and took the Pats 1st round pick for taking illegal videos you can bet your little you know what that in comparison to those penalties the Saints are going to get destroyed.  What the league did to the Patriots is going to look like nothing compared to what's about to happen to the Saints.

It doesn't matter if "everybody" does it.  It matters even less if Favre didn't hold a grudge.  What does matter is the Saints got caught doing something disgusting, against NFL rules and dangerous for the players and the sport.  

For two years now the NFLPA has been telling Goodell no to an 18 game season because it's too risky and bad for the player's health. And then they do this??? LOL

The NFL as we speak is being sued for what is going to be anywhere from hundreds of millions to billions by retirees due to concussion and other health issues from the past.  You think they're gonna let this go?

No way.... 



Since: Oct 18, 2011
Posted on: March 5, 2012 1:07 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

Blame the refs for not calling more flags not the coaches or players.  If the hits were illegal then flag em, if the hits were legal then why is this even a story?



Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:37 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'



"Countless late hits" Farve is a tough guy but I think he's just taking the high road and avoiding further drama with this. How would you feel if "countless late hits" were made on Brees just for an incentive that can possibly cause serious injury?



Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: March 5, 2012 12:36 pm
 

Favre on Saints $10K bounty: 'I'm not pissed'

call that broad you stalked for years, feel better then!!!!


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D.WhoDatNation
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