I don't know about the rest of the world, but I am really getting tired of listening to Drew Brees and any of his team mates talk about their persecution for the alleged Saints Bounty Program. Alleged my @$$. Here's a quote from Greg Williams. "I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again."
Doesn't sound too alleged there, does it?
Here's the thing I think has been over looked in all of this. Where was Mr. Brees when this was going on and how much did he know. As the leader of the team, you can bet he knew something about the bounty program. Let me take you back to the Vikings' first game of the 2010 season. It was the rematch of the 2009 NFC championship game. I remember the announcers talking about the impending labor dispute and possible strike/lock-out. I also remember watching Drew Brees come onto the field right before kickoff pointing his index finger towards the sky. This was an attempt to symbolize player unity in the face of the labor dispute. I also remember Mr. Brees being a visible member of the players union during the tough negotiations that ended with a new CBA. Mr. Brees was a well respected member of the union who was representing his team, and all players for that matter, at the bargaining table. He didn't hesitate to speak to the press and continued his push towards 'player unity'.
My question for you Mr. Brees… where did you find those huge elephant testicles? How in good conscience could you sit at the bargaining table with players from other teams knowing your teammates had tried to prematurely end some of their careers? You cannot tell me you knew nothing about the 'bounty' system put in place by your Defensive Coordinator… the 'bounty' system that rewarded the permanent injury of members of 'your' union. Your arrogance sickens me. I wish you would have just taken the high road like others and said something about bounties existing in football for a long time but maybe it got a little out of hand in New Orleans. At least your Defensive Coordinator owned up to it and took his medicine. I now have a lot more respect for him than I do for you or any of your team mates who continue to pretend "they" are the victims here.
To put a final spin on this… even though I was upset about our loss in the '09 championship game, I, like a lot of fans around the country took a little satisfaction in the Saints' Super Bowl victory and felt good about the city of New Orleans healing. Now all that victory leaves me with is a bad taste in my mouth. Now all I see when I hear you and your team mates talk, is a bunch of selfish, immature, spoiled children who got caught and can't own up to their guilt. Almost every player in the NFL has seen or experienced a 'pay for performance' program in one form or another. What happened in New Orleans crossed the line and bordered on criminal. So do the rest of the country a favor and shut up about your victimization and play football. We don't really want to hear you speak on behalf of anyone right now. Your image has been permanently tarnished… kind of like Brett Favre's ankle. Douche-pickle.