.I NEVER PAID, NOR INTENDED TO PAY ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY,TO ANY PLAYER FOR INTENTIONALLY HURTING AN OPPONENT.
So, I'm not trying to be a dick here. But -- "never paid, nor intended to pay" -- does not actually equate to "A bounty program never existed".
Let's say Vilma is truthful in his statements -- he never intended to pay. But, did he ever OFFER? If he used a "bounty" type payment as enticement to get team mates to play more violent in the hopes of getting recognized - ESPECIALLY if they got more recognition (monetary or otherwise) for cart-offs -- does the fact that he never intended to actually pay up on his offer make this any better?
The truth is most likely somewhere in the middle. Do I think the penalties are too severe -- hell yes. Do I think Roger is simply using the Saints organization to wipe his arse from years of neglected dumps on retired players? Absolutely.
But to think that the Saints are totally innocent in all of this is very narrow-minded.
This post was edited on 5/17 at 3:00 pm