Saints were paid bounty to injure Brett Favre during 2009 NFC Championship

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Saints defenders stood to make thousands if they could knock no. 4 out of the NFC Championship... and they still couldn't take the gunslinger out.
Remember all those dirty hits the New Orleans Saints delivered to our then-beloved Brett Favre during the still-soul-crushing-for-Vikings-fans 2009 NFC Championship Game?

Today, the NFL revealed that during the playoffs Saints players and coaches maintained a "bounty" program funded primarily by players. Turns out Saints players had NFL rule-violating cash incentives to try to knock the grizzled gunslinger from the game.

UPDATE: Brett Favre responds to news the Saints put a bounty on his head

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Favre, playing on a mangled ankle, finished the game with a devastating interception.
In a statement, NFL commish Roger Goodell said, "It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of the game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated."

The NFL's investigation revealed Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams administered the bounty program with the knowledge of other coaches, including head coach Sean Payton. Williams even occasionally contributed funds to the illegal cash pool.
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Favre's thigh was also in bad shape following the game.

Payments were not only made for plays like interceptions and fumble recoveries, but also for dirty "cart-off" or "knockout" plays where opposing offensive players either were helped off the field or were hit so hard they couldn't return to the game. Funds in the pool may have reached $50,000 during the Saints' drive to a Super Bowl title following the 2009 season, just in time for New Orleans to lay the hurt on Favre with their series of questionable hits.

Chris Kluwe, the punter for the 2009 Vikings, offered up the following tweet in response to the news:
Later, Kluwe added: NFL experts expect the league to dole out some stiff punishment to New Orleans for the illegal program. ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted: Meanwhile, SI's Peter King -- comparing the likely punishment for bounty-gate to the league's decision to strip the Patriots of a first-round pick and some cash following a 2007 revelation that New England was using cameras to spy on an opposing team's defensive signals -- said he expects the NFL to inflict even harder punishment upon the Saints: Here's an idea: The league can strip the 2009 Saints Super Bowl victory... and award the title to the Vikings. Unfortunately, it may be the Purple's best shot at winning a championship anytime soon.

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SHOP INJURY COMPENSATION
SHOP INJURY COMPENSATION

Injury claims compensation can be easy to get with the help of a personal injury solicitor.

Rod
Rod

Did anyone else think it was Karma when Sean Payton got his leg broken on the sidelines, this past season?

Rod
Rod

Lifetime ban for Williams and Payton, massive fines for the players who made those hits, also there were at least six more roughing penalties that could have been thrown against Saints, involving Farve, it was the only way they could win, what a classless team, those referees share blame too, either too chicken or bought off, the whole game seemed fishy, with every call going against Vikings

joseph capra
joseph capra

Everyone likes hard hits, hard hits cause intimidation and creates competitive advantages in football games. If you hit a QB far away from the play ( like Sharper and McCray did) behind the line of scrimmage after the play has advanced far ahead of the line of scrimmage, on the opposite side of the field, and blindside him when he cant even hear you coming for the crowd noise, with the sole intent of causing injury to that player, you should be ejected, suspended and fined. If the team actually incents the player to do this, they should be sanctioned severely as well. This would not be any more diffiult to call than intentional grounding.The notion that "everyone does this" sounds pretty good until you hear the players talk. They talk about hard hits and big plays, but NOT for rewarding players for specifically causing injury to specific players.In the NFL, people respect their opponents livelihood.  It is precisely this specific intent to injure which must be eliminated from football. There are sports whose object it is  to injure opponents like boxing, MMA, etc. Perhaps players who really want to prove how tough they are in this way should try their hand at those.

Racerfan
Racerfan

Hey guys, the Saints had two flags for roughing the passer throughout that season, and three for unnecessary roughness.

Playing dirty?  Give me a damn break.

B74ann
B74ann

The NFL should strip them of the 2009 superbowl championship and let the Colts and Vikings play a game during preseason to determine the REAL 2009 superbowl champs, cause this is an injustice to both teams.....These grown men have young kids looking up to them, its disgusting!!!!!

BigcatMPLS
BigcatMPLS

They should bar them from any play-off games in the 2012/2013 season plus lose of draft picks.

Mike W.
Mike W.

Doesn't this qualify as conspiracy to commit felonious assault?

And they can strip the Super Bowl title and leave it blank, highlighting for as long as they choose what took place.

AngryFan
AngryFan

There should be a huge financial payment, loss of 1st round draft choices for a period of time & finally strip them of their Super Bowl title & rings. If they did it to the Vikings, they did it to every other team they came up against to get to that Super bowl

Ben Ellis
Ben Ellis

And this is why i watch Baseball.

Vike fan from afar
Vike fan from afar

I think that ALL the coaches involved should be band for life from football! That would send a very loud and clear message to everyone that there is a line that you will not cross.

Metaldon
Metaldon

Great blog there Aaron, big Buddy.  Keep up the good work!

Don

Angry Fan
Angry Fan

As much as I would love to take that win... That happened in the NFC Championship game. It is impossible to award the Vikings with a Superbowl win, as the only possible way to make it fair would be to disqualify the Saints for the 2009 Super Bowl.

In essence, if the Saints are disqualified, then the Colts will have won the Super Bowl.

Muriel King
Muriel King

While this "investigation" is going on...how about the League taking a look at the abysmal officiating during that game... the officials on the field that turned a blind eye to what was going on. Were some of them being "compensated" as well for NOT penalizing Saint's defense players for those hits? Especially since NFL VP of Officiating Mike Pereira ADMITTED that the officials "missed" calls against the Saints for illegal hits on Favre. And YES, I believe the League should strip the Saints of the 2009 victory including their rings. They better send a clear message that this stuff WILL NOT be tolerated...and that there are consequences to be paid!

Surfer801
Surfer801

Prosecute all of those bastards. They act like a common street gang. Put them in jail Ike gang bangers. Get the United States Attorney on this now.

Sparky
Sparky

Felony Assault, plain and simple........

bigdummy
bigdummy

Ban all the coaches and players like they did the black sox and pete rose in baseball.

eb
eb

There is so much homophobia and gender bashing in the comments, it's disgusting. 

THAT'S COOL
THAT'S COOL

Roger Goodell, your full of shit, NFL is known for this, in order for those teams who can't beat, they beat you by playing dirty. WELCOME TO NFL Mother -&^%$#

Korigi23
Korigi23

Fuck those pussy saints.

Zach Pasdoe
Zach Pasdoe

Imagine that - corrupt players and coaches hoping to take another player out.  Add the corrupt media coverage (yes, the media wanted a feel-good story) and the corrupt officiating (officials missed several calls) and the Saints make for one of the biggest scams in Super Bowl history.  Go Bears!!

HJ
HJ

Oddly enough, the Vikings DO have a championship - The 1969 NFL Championship (Look it up).

bubba
bubba

that's the only way the Viqueens could ever win a Super Bowl 

MN Worker
MN Worker

i'd still take that championship, years after the fact.

joseph capra
joseph capra

You obviously did not see the 2010 playoffs, or you are an idiot, probably both. It's legal, btw to hit the QB after the handoff when the play has advanced down the field. it's just cheap. BUT, if you speciifially  incent players to do it with intent to cause injury your QB for money , THAT is illegal, and that makes you dirty ....besides really stupid.Now, why dont you just go and have yourself another beer. Fuque the Saints!

Obviously
Obviously

Yeah at least when they cheat they don't hurt anybody but themselves. 

PabastBlue
PabastBlue

Hyper-sensitivity and political correctness is just as much as a problem in our society as the bigoted comments you are referring to.  We all need to grow a thicker skin and ignore ignorant people.  I wish I was able to take my own advice and not comment on your captain obvious post.

Beasy25
Beasy25

That was a win for us! Besides the fact the refs didnt do their job that game, the Saints really got away with cheating by playing dirty! I will be glad to take it from them!

kyle
kyle

really? why dont you try coming up with a new slogan for them instead of using one thats been around for more then a decade poser haha...

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