(NEW YORK) — Former New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove released a statement Thursday to address reports about his role in a 2009 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings in which he put a hit on then quarterback Brett Favre.
According to the NFL, the Saints had an organized bounty program to reward players for knocking Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of the game.
“The late hit and the comments were both mistakes,” but denied that either was motivated by a bounty system. He said he “absolutely and categorically” did not want Favre to be injured and received “nothing for the play some keep referencing,” Hargrove said in the statement.
Hargrove was later penalized for that hit on Favre.
“Players all over the league do the same thing every Sunday, make late hits and say stupid things. But I can say with absolute certainty that neither the late hit nor the comment have anything whatsoever to do with the issue being so hotly discussed in the media.”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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