By TIM YOTTER
The NFL's investigation into the New Orleans Saints was met with some expected fire from the Minnesota Vikings, who were beaten up by the Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship Game during Minnesota's 31-28 overtime loss.
The league concluded that Saints players, then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and at least one assistant participated in a "pay for performance" program for three years that awarded "bounty" payments for "cart-offs" (meaning that the opposing player was carried off the field) and "knockouts" (meaning that the opposing player was not able to return to the game). Players were paid between 1,000 and 1,500, with those amounts as much as tripling during the playoffs, according to the NFL release on the investigation.
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe took to Twitter to express his outrage shortly after the story broke.
"Wow, I hadn't even seen the whole Saints Bountygate thing. (Expletive) all of you that participated in that with the inte...