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New Orleans Saints: Brees talks Bounty, Hargrove didn't talk, Akiem Hicks silent on contract

brees-sonThe NFLPA continues to believe that the league's smoking gun in the bounty case has lost a bullet.

The NFL insists that the notorious sideline video from the 2009 NFC title game proves that former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove said, "Bobby, give me my money” after learning Vikings quarterback Brett Favre may have suffered a broken leg (Actually, Favre entered this game with an injured leg suffered in an earlier game).


NFLPA counsel Richard Smith tells Tim Rohan of the New York Times that a voice recognition expert has concluded Hargrove's voice didn't match the voice of the tape.

 

Brees talked more about the difficulties of New Orleans Saints bountygate when he appeared on the Letterman Show, Thursday night.

 
"It's certainly not a positive thing," Brees said. "I mean, just the whole process itself and the investigation I feel like has been extremely unfair. Unfortunately, it seems like it's been more of a media campaign then it is actually finding the truth to the matter." 

 

Brees also denied knowing about a "pay-to-injure" program that was  allegedly existing during former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' Saints three-year stint.

"... 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. "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 bounty book continues...

The Saints have agreed to terms with the 89th over-all draft pick Akiem Hicks on a four-year contract. Terms were not released.

Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo made a small-school project out of the University of Regina of Canada defensive tackle.  Hicks has the size (6-foot-5, 318) to go with athleticism.  He was the Saints' highest draft pick this year.

He is expected to report to training camp on July 27 after having a hand that was broken twice in non-contact workouts.

SOME hither, others yon: The national media really likes the Hornets' No. 1 draft choice Anthony Davis and believe he'll be a miracle worker in New Orleans. Writes Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk: "Some day we may look back at this moment like we look back on when Tim Duncan.  KG, Wade and other franchise players were drafted -- Anthony Davis is that good. What would really make me happy as a Hornets fan is that Davis is a humble, hard-working young man. The guy with that kind of demeanor you want to build around."...

ESPN basketball writer Chad Jones thinks Anthony Davis will be a superstar. Writes Jones: "...Many NBA GMs and scouts believe Anthony Davis has a chance to be an NBA superstar with his size, athleticism, defensive prowess and emerging offensive skills. The comps at the highest level include everyone from Tim Duncan to Kevin Garnett, There's no question that Davis is not only a worthy over-all pick, but he will be an elite one."...

Skip Bayless predicts the Hornets will be the next Thunder by drafting the two most talented players in the draft: Davis and Austin Rivers. He believes the Hornets will play in the championship game within three years. He predicted big things for Hornets coach Monty Williams and GM Dell Demps, pointing out that the Hornets have the most room under the salary cap in the league...

Les Miles' old Learjet, which LSU has put up for sale at $1.25 million, while searching for a new one for its head coach. If you are interested, the aircraft has purple and gold stripes...Nationalfootballpost.com has LSU DT Bennie Logan as a player to watch this season, Writes the website: "Michael Brockers received a lot of the publicity inside along the Tigers' defensive line last year -- and rightfully so. But Logan was a bit overshadowed, although he arguable made just as big of an impact as Brockers. He also could be a future NFL first-rounder, and he will be joined inside by sophomore Anthony "Freak: Johnson of New Orleans this fall to form a dominant duo. In 2011, the redshirt junior Logan led the Tigers defensive linemen with 57 tackles and led all of their DTs in sacks with three. Along with ends Barkevious Mingo and Sam Montgomery, the elite pass rushers who are future NFL first-round picks, coordinator John Chavis will once again have a dominant defensive unit..


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Ed Staton is a former sports writer for the Times Picayune and New Orleans States Item.  He also served as the New Orleans Saints Information Director.  He has won 43 media awards in writing, design and photography.  

 

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