Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/18/12

New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt went a step further on Tuesday by denying the existence of a team bounty program in an affidavit filed in federal court, the SportsBusiness Journal reported.

Previously, he had denied allegation against him, but claiming there was no bounty program at all between 2009 and 2011 widens the scope of his denial.

Three coaches and four players have been suspended by the NFL for varying periods because of their alleged participation of a bounty system with the Saints. Vitt has been suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season.

The four suspended players have filed lawsuits, denying the allegations, and Vitt filed his affidavit on behalf of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who received the longest suspension - one year. Vilma is seeking an injunction against the suspension.

According to the BusinessSports Journal, Vitt began his filing by stating, "While I anxiously await being able to provide substantive and truthful testimony and information about the allegations made by Mr. Goodell [NFL commissioner Roger Goodell] regarding the so-called but non-existent Bounty program, and to refute that the Saints ever had a bounty program or that any member of our defense, including Mr. Vilma, ever placed a bounty on an opposing player and set out to injure anyone or to encourage any other Saints player to injure anyone."

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