Saints Bounty Program: Sean Payton Texts Shockey He Had Nothing To Do With Snitching

 
on March 22 2012 1:59 PM
Jeremy Shockey
Shockey has vehemently denied that during his time with the Saints that he had anything to do with ratting about the team's controversial bounty program. Reuters

Carolina Panthers tight end Jeremy Shockey has responded to accusations of him being the snitch of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program on his Twitter account.

Shockey posted a text message conversation that he had with recently suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton, who defended him by saying that he had nothing to do with that stuff Sapp said.  Sapp refers to NFL Network analyst Warren Sapp, who claimed Shockey was the one who alerted the NFL to the bounty program, which involved the Saints rewarding defensive players with thousands of dollars in non-contract bonuses if they were able to knock an opponent out of a game.

Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre, Cam Newton and Kurt Warner were specific quarterbacks that Saints defensive players targeted in the past.

Sapp tweeted Just heard who the snitch was around 3 p.m. Tuesday, although he didn't mention Shockey by name.

Then, Twitter user @elnicastro retweeted Sapp's statemenm, adding Shockey....?

Finally, Sapp replied, BINGO!

Sapp, who goes by the twitter handle @QBKILLA, hasn't said how he learned that Shockey blew the whistle.

Shockey, who played three seasons for the Saints, denied the claim soon after the Sapp tweet.

 My ass!! I don't even play defense! Haha, he responded. Ask the commish haha.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell brought the hammer down on Payton, suspending him for the upcoming NFL season, effective April 1. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who administered the bounty program in 2009 according to reports, has been suspended indefinitely.

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