The NFL is headed to an appeal on Monday, looking to uphold the suspension of four players and multiple coaches in the Saints Bounty Scandal. In a weird turn of events, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that some of the evidence the NFL is using was originally sent as a "joke".
Yet according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, [Mike] Ornstein insisted his emails were jokes, and he unsuccessfully attempted to convince NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of this during their conversations.
Mike Ornstein, a close friend of suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, sent e-mails from prison offering up bounties for players on opposing teams. Those e-mails are part of the evidence that the NFL will present, and clearly Goodell doesn't feel they were a joke.
Ornstein claims to have given the NFL and the NFLPA a text from suspended coach Gregg Williams, according to Schefter.
"I stood up for you & told them just that. I told them we never took that (stuff) serious. I never ever saw you ever give $ and that's just the truth," Williams allegedly told Ornstein.