Saints' Anthony Hargrove Responds To NFL's Bounty Investigation

We're starting to hear from more and more members of the New Orleans Saints who have been accused of running a bounty program under then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Head coach Sean Payton and GM Mickey Loomis have released a statement, and now defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove has done the same.

Hargrove had a hit on Brett Favre in the NFC Championship game a few years ago that is, now, raising eyebrows given the NFL's investigation. In an exclusive to SI.com, Hargrove writes:

I agree it was a late hit, but in the heat of the moment I was simply trying to make a play. I can assure you that when I got up, I was thinking 2 things, one, that I cost my team, and two, that I might have just cost myself some money if the NFL fined me. To put things in perspective, I received a game ball for my play that day and yet got fined while receiving nothing and expecting to receive nothing for the play some keep referencing. Kudos to Brett, he even asked me if that was all I had! Gotta love him.

Hargrove was also caught saying "Favre is done! Favre is done!" right after the hit. But, he explains, he wasn't wishing injury on Favre.

But did I personally want Favre INJURED? Absolutely and categorically NO! Did I feel like we, the Saints, had a better chance of being in the Super Bowl with Favre on the sideline? Of course.

Check out the complete statement at SI.com.

For more on the Saints investigation, check out SB Nation's Bomani Jones and Erin Sharoni discussing the allegations in the video below. And visit SB Nation's YouTube channel for more videos.

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