DeMaurice Smith Wants Saints Bounty Investigation To Be Redone

If you've been confused by the NFL's investigation into the New Orleans Saints alleged bounty program, then join the rest of us. It seems every time one party says anything, others are there to say it's not true. Count NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith among those who want clearer answers in the Saints bounty investigation.

Smith wrote a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to re-do the whole thing.

As a fellow steward of this game, and wholly apart from the union's and the players' legal objections, in light of these retractions and contradictions that have come to your recent attention, I ask that you order that the investigation of this matter be redone thoroughly and transparently, and if the full and complete information shows that none of the accused players participated in a "pay to injure" scheme, the NFL publicly issue such written findings.

Specifically, Smith cites the claims that Joe Vitt participated in the bounty program, despite his clear denials that he was involved. Smith also notes that the NFL said Mike Ornstein corroborated other sources who said Jonathan Vilma placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre, but Ornstein has since said he never said that.

While it appears there was some sort of pay-for-performance scheme, the evidence isn't as clear when it comes to bounties. That there are multiple questions about the NFL's investigation does make you wonder where the truth actually is.

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