Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 3/2/12
Former New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper denied the findings of the NFL investigation that the team instituted a bounty program between 2009-11.

"It's ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out," Sharper told NFL.com Friday.

The safety played 22 games for the Saints during the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

"No, positively no," Sharper said when asked if there was pre-meditated intent to injure opposing players.

A lengthy investigation by the NFL's security department confirmed the Saints had a "bounty" program, which was in place for the past three seasons and funded primarily by the players on Friday.

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams implemented the program, in which a player would receive $1,500 for a "knockout" hit and $1,000 for a "cart-off" the field hit, according to the NFL.





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