Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 3/2/12

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell speaks to members of the media during the NFL Commissioner Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The league announced today that the New Orleans Saints have violated the “bounty rule” in 2009, 2010, and tje 2011 season. From Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network:  "Goodell said the investigation began in 2010 after allegations were made that the Saints' defenders had targeted Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre during their 2009 run to the Super Bowl. "Our security department interviewed numerous players and other individuals," Goodell said. "At the time, those interviewed denied that any such program existed and the player that made the allegation retracted his earlier assertions. As a result, the allegations could not be proven. We recently received significant and credible new information and the investigation was re-opened during the latter part of the 2011 season.” More specifically, the NFL has concluded that between 22 and 27 defensive players along with at least one assistant coach maintained a “bounty” program.  F...
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