When the NFL is buzzing with training camp activity in less than a month, we’ll quickly be able to take all of this bounty scandal stuff and put it on the back burner.
But we’ve still got three-plus weeks until most of the camps kick off, so until then we’ll be dealing with more fallout from the New Orleans Saints’ wild offseason.
Unsigned Saints quarterback Drew Brees appeared Thursday night on the “Late Show with David Letterman.” With no contract to celebrate, they talked about – what else – the bounty scandal. Brees, of course, denied any knowledge of any pay-to-injure program under ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. He said there is a distinct difference between a pay-to-injure and a system that rewarded players for big plays.
“That's not something that I believe our team would be engaged in, and I think for all of us, it was a shock when we were accused of that because that's a pretty heinous accusation,” Brees said, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “So the entire time for a lot of us, it's been, 'Show us the proof, put forth the facts and, if indeed it is proved that there was a pay-to-injure program in place, then, yes, there should be punishment enforced.' Unfortunately, to this point there's been no hard evidence to show that that was indeed taking place.”
The NFL, of course, feels there has been plenty of compelling evidence. That has been one of the main focuses recently with most involved forgetting that Williams himself is a key witness for the league.
“The whole process itself and the investigation I feel like has been extremely unfair,” Brees said. “Unfortunately, it seems like it's been more of a media campaign then it is actually finding the truth to the matter.”
Really, we can’t wait until Brees is talking football.
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