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NFL reveals Saints 'bounty' evidence

June 18, 2012 at 9:39 PM   |   Comments

NEW YORK, June 18 (UPI) -- The NFL Monday revealed some of the evidence it has compiled that the New Orleans Saints conducted a "bounty" program against opposing players.

The release came as Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and four other players appealed their lengthy suspensions for allegedly taking part in the program, in which the league says players were offered cash to injure opponents.

CBSSports.com reported that among the evidence shown to media outlets was a slide from the Saints computer system that read: "Now it's time to do our job, collect bounty money, no apologies, let's go hunting."

Also on the slide was photo of realty TV star Duane Chapman, known as "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

The league released evidence the Saints had placed a $35,000 bounty on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre before the 2010 NFC Championship Game, which New Orleans won.

League sources said Saints assistant Coach Joe Vitt and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams provided much of the evidence in the investigation.

Vilma walked out of an appeal hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York Monday, which Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, called "a sham."

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