Posted December 09, 2012

Anthony Hargrove confirms NFLPA rejected settlement in bounty scandal

New Orleans Saints
Anthony Hargrove played for the Saints in 2009 and 2010. (Sean Gardner/Reuters)

Anthony Hargrove played for the Saints in 2009 and 2010. (Sean Gardner/Reuters)

Anthony Hargrove’s agent, Phil Williams, confirmed during an interview on CBS’ The NFL Today pregame show that Hargrove, Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma had rejected a settlement offered by the league in the Saints’ bounty scandal case. Pro Football Talk reported that the offer centered on reduced penalties for the players involved, but only if they acknowledged violating league policy.

“It is true (that a settlement offer was made), but it’s definitely not acceptable,” Williams told CBS’ James Brown. “It’s very curious to us that we would receive one at this point.”

Hargrove, who signed with Green Bay before being released this offseason, faces a two-game suspension once he joins a team. Hargrove has appealed that penalty; so too have Smith (four-game suspension), Fujita (one game) and Vilma (one year).

In the same CBS piece, Hargrove denied that there ever was a pay-to-injure program in place in New Orleans.

“Numerous players have said the same thing under oath that I said — that is that no, there was no bounty program,” Hargrove said. “Never payments, nor discussions ever talking about injuries our opponents or anybody. “We had a production chart — it kept the stats, practice production, how many plays you made in practice …

“We never got any money for injuring anyone.”

The case currently rests with Paul Tagliabue, who was appointed by Roger Goodell to take over the hearings after Goodell recused himself. Hargrove did say that Tagliabue had been “fair” throughout the process thus far.

Williams, however, pointed out “inconsistencies” within the NFL’s case against the four players. Hargrove also argued that one of the key pieces of evidence in this case — an audio recording of Gregg Williams discussing Brett Favre’s injury in the 2009 NFC title game, during which a second voice is heard shouting, “Pay me my money!”

Hargrove denied that voice belonged to him.

“No, it was not,” Hargrove responded when Brown pressed him on the matter. “Let me tell you something else that was disturbing about this footage. In March of 2010, when I was interviewed by NFL investigator Joe Hummell, he asked me who that voice was.”

You can watch Hargrove’s full interview with Brown below:

4 comments
MarkGrochowski
MarkGrochowski

Must be a a slow sports day. It's amazing what the media has to resort to. Dig up the Bountygate scandal again. Old reliable. Obviously, there's way too many media types and too many sports channels. They have to fill the space with something so this is what we get. It's got to the point they fall over themselves. At least, the story isn't about how a week 1 game is a must win. Guess they've put the Tim Tebow stories on the back burner. 

Bountygate is a non-issue. The NFLPA is using it to regain the power they lost in the CBA. The players know all they have to do is deny, deny, deny and collect their millions. . 

touseyd
touseyd

can we stop talking about the bounty scandall? nobody cared then and nobody cares now. the media made this into a huge story because they had nothing else to talk about in training camp. I cannot believe how much attention this whole fiasco got and I cannot wait for the day when they will finally put this BS to rest

David G
David G

The NFLPA used to be reputable organization representing it's members.  Since being schooled by the owners in the latest round of negotiations their hand picked chosen leader DMS has been an mission to change the CBA HE negotiated.  And the players just let him do it.  The players in this case will be bled dry by their attorneys and DMS will still have his high paying job.  Go Figure.

 

Sam3
Sam3

 @David G They'd be bled dry if they made $45k a year.  They don't.  You forget these are highly paid people who make millions of dollars.  The only way they get bled dry is if they decide to each hire a large team of lawyers, which would be dumb of them, since they can just share a lawyer, split the costs, and barely notice it.