Bounties Put Saints, NFL on Spot

Bounties Put Saints, NFL on Spot

The release of Anthony Hargrove's declaration to the NFL on Tuesday looked bad for the New Orleans Saints. And it looked bad for the league.

First, the bad news for the Saints: Hargrove's detailed account of how he was instructed by coaches Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt to "play dumb" and deny the existence of bounties and a bounty program depicts the Saints as a team that knew it was breaking the rules and was willing to lie to cover it up.

Hargrove's testimony hurt the Saints. Although it may strengthen the claim that players were just following orders, it doesn't help the organization or the coaching staff as a whole.

However, here's the bad news for the NFL: The league was also twisting the truth about what Hargrove said.

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