New Orleans Saints

Saints Bounty Program: Scott Fujita
9:48 am
Mon June 25, 2012

Fujita Sees Bounty Probe as Part Smear Campaign

Scott Fujita, a union leader with a record of criticizing the NFL's player-safety record, sees elements of a "smear campaign" in a bounty investigation that has sullied his reputation. Some NFL players agree, and question whether Fujita's three-game suspension has something to do with retribution. 

Bounty Appeals
11:22 am
Fri June 22, 2012

NFL Denies Witness Retractions in Bounty Probe

The NFL is denying accusations that it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

Lawyer Peter Ginsberg, who represents suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma, made the accusations when punished players appeared earlier this week for an appeal hearing, a full transcript of which has been obtained by The Associated Press.

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Saints Appeals
1:41 pm
Wed June 20, 2012

Ex-Saint Hargrove Says It's Not His Voice in Clip

NEW YORK — Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove says it's not his voice saying "Give me the money" in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the New Orleans bounty program.

Hargrove spoke Tuesday outside NFL headquarters.

Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma each attended appeals hearings for their suspensions with Commissioner Roger Goodell at the league offices in Manhattan on Monday.

Saints-Bounties-Hargrove
9:31 am
Mon June 18, 2012

Hargrove Agent: NFL's Bounty Probe About Semantics

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The agent for suspended defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove says the NFL has used semantics, but not hard evidence, as the basis for punishing Saints players in its bounty investigation. In a statement, agent Phil Williams questions whether the NFL made Hargrove a central figure in its investigation because his past drug suspensions made him an "easy target."

Saints Arbitration
10:50 am
Tue June 12, 2012

Arbitrator Upholds Goodell in Hargrove Suspension

NEW YORK — An arbitrator has ruled Monday that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove for the New Orleans bounties program.

Hargrove, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and DE Will Smith, and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, appealed their suspensions and will appear before Goodell next Monday.

Saints-Moves
10:00 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Saints Add CB Elbert Mack, Waive DT Mitch King

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints and veteran cornerback Elbert Mack have agreed to a one-year contract. General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the acquisition of Mack on Tuesday when the Saints opened minicamp. He says the club also has waived defensive tackle Mitch King. 

Saints Bounties
10:52 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Vilma's Lawyer Challenges Ledger

The attorney for suspended New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma says a ledger of cash bonuses and fines for Saints players shows no proof of bounties placed on targeted opponents. Lawyer Peter Ginsberg says the leaking of the ledger shows how "irresponsible" NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been in handling the bounty probe. 

Vilma Lawsuit
11:08 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Goodell Granted 21-Day Delay for Response

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been granted a 21-day delay for responding to a defamation lawsuit filed against him by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

The delay is considered routine, and Goodell's lawyers now must respond by July 5 in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints
3:04 pm
Tue May 29, 2012

New Saints president to teach Loyola class

New Orleans Saints president Dennis Lauscha.
Loyola University

Dennis Lauscha, a graduate of Loyola University and the newly promoted president of the New Orleans Saints, will return to his alma mater to teach a course on the business of professional football at the university's inaugural Alumni College.

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New Orleans Saints
9:36 am
Tue May 22, 2012

Saints Upbeat Despite Brees' Absence

The New Orleans Saints say they have the experience and leadership to have productive offseason practices even without their star quarterback. New Orleans is holding its first three offseason practices, called organized team activities, Tuesday through Thursday. Drew Brees is still holding out for a new contract.

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