Originally posted on Speculative Sports  |  Last updated 3/8/12

MINNEAPOLIS - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Brett Favre 4# of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates touchdown in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on January 17, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who now plays for the Seattle Seahawks, has released a statement today regarding his involvement in the now infamous bounty program instituted by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

In the statement Hargrove, who injured Brett Favre on a late hit in the 2009 NFC Championship Game, explicitly denied that the team placed a bounty on Favre.

Via SI.com:

In regards to the hit I made on Brett Favre that has been talked about: it was one of about 5 times I got to him and the only one that was late. I agree it was a late hit, but in the heat of the moment I was simply trying to make a play. I can assure you that when I got up, I was thinking 2 things, one, that I cost my team, and two, that I might have just cost myself some money if the NFL fined me. To put things in perspective, I received a game ball for my play that day and yet got fined while receiving nothing and expecting to receive nothing for the play some keep referencing.

The Saints won the 2009 NFC Championship Game in overtime, 31-28. Favre threw for 310 yards on 28-46 passing, including one touchdown and two interceptions.

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