Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 3/2/12

Allegations that Gregg Williams in his last three seasons as Saints’ defensive coordinator had a “bounty system” that paid cash bonuses to players for injuring opponents has gotten considerable attention today. But Darren Sharper, who played under Williams as a safety for the Saints in 2009 and 2010, flatly denies those claims. While Sharper acknowledges that there were incentive-based bonuses doled out to players, he says they were only for clean, legal plays.

“I think this is something that, from when I got in the league in 1997, has happened thousands and thousands of times over,” Sharper told NFL.com. “It’s ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out, when basically all it was is that when a guy gets an interception, then he might get paid. That’s something that guys do amongst themselves.”

It seems as if Sharper may want to get his story straight with Williams, who has already issued a statement acknowledging and apologizing for what the NFL’s investigation unearthed. And given that other NFL players who never played under Williams are essentially shrugging their shoulders at the allegations, calling bounty systems commonplace in NFL locker rooms, Sharper’s remarks come off as a little surprising.

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This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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