Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/23/12

NFL general counsel Jeff Pash told Pro Football Talk that former New Orleans Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove was suspended eight games for lying about the team's "bounty program," not for taking or contributing money to it.

Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, was one of four players who were punished after the NFL investigated the Saints' illegal pay-for-performance program that existed since 2009.

Hargrove on Tuesday claimed that a voice heard on an NFL Films audio from the 2009 NFL Championship game saying "Bobby, give me my money" was not his.

"I suppose you could watch anything enough times and come up with different conclusions, but we didn't discipline Anthony Hargrove for taking any money in the context of this program," Pash said. "What that videotape rather clearly demonstrates is two things: One, there was a program and it corroborates rather clearly that there was a program where a player could be rewarded for making a play that resulted in an injury to an opponent. ...

"Second, it demonstrates Mr. Hargrove's awareness of the program and his understanding that it existed, and it demonstrates that his statements to our investigators in early 2010 denying the program and saying there was nothing like that in existence were false. That is the basis on which the commissioner imposed discipline on Mr. Hargrove."

Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma and former Saint Scott Fujita were also suspended by the league, along with Saints coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams for their roles in the scandal. Williams was suspended indefinitely.

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