Joe Vitt Denies Pledging Money In Bounty Case, Supports Saints Players

New Orleans Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt released a statement Wednesday to maintain his innocence in regards to the bounty program that has racked the organization with suspensions from players to front office. Among the evidence released by the NFL to the NFL Players Association were indications that Vitt contributed to the bounty pool.

The Commissioner confirmed that there is no such allegation or suspicion in a conversation that we had today and the NFL has publicly sought to clarify that the document that has been mischaracterized was not intended to implicate me -- formally or informally. I reaffirmed my pledge to the Commissioner to be an agent for change in helping to find new ways and practices to make our game safer for all players. I look forward to continued conversations with the league on this matter.

Vitt also sided with the four suspended players -- Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita -- in the midst of their appeals in front of league commissioner Roger Goodell.

Finally, it cannot be emphasized enough, none of our players, particularly those who are facing suspensions, ever crossed the white line with the intent to injure an opponent. I am proud of our players and stand behind them 100% and will do whatever I can to help restore their good names.

Don't expect the situation to get any less messy in the coming days. Hargrove recently accused the NFL of playing politics, and Goodell is now speaking with senators about the bounty investigation.

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