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Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified that he tried to shut down the team's bounty system when the NFL began investigating but was overruled by interim Saints head coach Joe Vitt, according to transcripts from appeals hearings obtained by The Associated Press.
According to the transcripts, Williams said that then-assistant Vitt responded to a suggestion that the pay-for-pain setup be abandoned with an obscenity-filled speech about how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ''wasn't going to ... tell us to ... stop doing what won us the Super Bowl. This has been going on in the ... National Football League forever, and it will go on here forever, when they run (me) out of there, it will still go on.''
Williams and Vitt were among a number of witnesses whose testimony was heard by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who on Tuesday overturned four player suspensions in the case. Tagliabue was appointed by Goodell to handle the final rou...
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New Orleans Saints interim coach Joe Vitt issued a stern denial regarding former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' claim that Vitt insisted on keeping the team's bounty program in place despite an NFL investigation. "We knew the scuds were going to come, we knew there would be a leakage of information," Vitt said Thursday at his press conference inside the...
With the New Orleans Saints' player suspensions overturned Tuesday on appeal, the case moved into the blame phase Wednesday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees lashed out at commissioner Roger Goodell for issuing the initial player punishments that wound up being lifted by former commissioner Paul Tagliabue. Meanwhile, according to numerous reports that cite the Associated Press...
Former New Orleans Saints assistant head coach, Gregg Williams, testified during the Bounty-Gate investigation that he attempted to put an end to the program in 2009, per the Associated Press. Williams claims he was overruled, however, but current interim head coach, Joe Vitt. Vitt as the linebackers coach at the time, but also had the [...]
NFL commissioner Goodell has contacted suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, and allowed for the possibility of a reinstatement prior to the Super Bowl, according to an ESPN.com report. Payton would like the suspension to end after the regular season, a source close to the coach told ESPN.com. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue made a final ruling on the Saints...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club.
Tagliabue, however, found that the players' conduct was detrimental to the league. He says they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays -- including hard tackles...
NEW ORLEANS — Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league’s bounty investigation of the club.
Tagliabue, however, found that the players’ conduct was detrimental to the league. He says they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays — including hard tackles — that...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- More than nine months after the NFL first disclosed its bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints, four players will finally get a ruling on whether their initial suspensions are upheld, reduced or thrown out.
Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was appointed to handle a second round of player appeals to the league, has informed all parties he planned...
At long last the Bounty Gate rulings were handed down providing some closure for the Saints players, front office, and the organization as a whole. Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue cleared the four indicted players from any wrong-doing, however, the one person who could possibly help the Saints resuscitate what's left of the season remains suspended at least until after...
Andrew Juge of The Saints Nation stops by and before he gets into the bounty investigation he breaks down the disaster in New York. He details the struggles of the Saints receivers to get open and why it's now time to see if certain guys on the roster can play. Is Tyrunn Walker worthy of being on an NFL roster? Can Isa Abdul-Quddus and Rafael Bush be an upgrade at safety and...
Jon Vilma urged a federal judge Friday to reject NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit filed against him by the Saints linebacker.
Vilma's request to U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan argues Goodell acted with ''reckless disregard for the truth'' when basing initial allegations about Vilma upon one fired Saints assistant...
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has issued a ruling regarding the the player suspension appeals in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty case. After current commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the situation, Tagliabue maintained that the League’s findings against Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma were factual but rescinded the suspensions set fourth upon [...]
Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt says witnesses in the NFL's bounty investigation of New Orleans' pay-for-pain system have lied about him and the organization and that their stories might change in federal court.
Vitt angrily said Thursday he feels the truth will come out in federal court, where the punishment for perjury can be jail time. He also once again vehemently...