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Saints Interim Coach Joe Vitt Denies Existence Of Bounty Program
Published July 17, 2012
“While I anxiously await being able to provide substantive and truthful testimony and information about the allegations made by Mr. Goodell regarding the so-called but non-existent Bounty program, and to refute that the Saints ever had a bounty program or that any member of our defense, including Mr. Vilma, ever placed a bounty on an opposing player and set out to injure anyone or to encourage any other Saints player to injure anyone,” Vitt wrote before then saying he would restrict his further comments to Vilma’s motion. The NFL could not immediately be reached for comment.
Earlier today the league said in a motion opposing Vilma’s injunction request, that his being barred from team facilities would not be an issue because team doctors could monitor his recovery from afar. That contention was refuted by another affidavit supplied today by Saints trainer Scottie Patton, who said he needed Vilma on the club grounds to monitor him.