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More on Hargrove's role in the Saints bounty program

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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One of the reasons former Saints defensive end Anthony Hagrove, who signed with the Packers in March, may have received such a harsh punishment (an eight-game suspension) from the NFL yesterday for his role in the Saints' bounty program was that the league said Hargrove initially lied about it in a 2010 investigation. Now, there are allegations that Hargrove was told to lie. Hargrove eventually cooperated with league investigators and according to the NFL signed "a declaration to the league that established not only the existence of the program at the Saints, but also that he knew about and participated in it. The evidence showed that Hargrove told at least one player on another team that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was a target of a large bounty during the NFC Championship Game in January of 2010. Hargrove also actively obstructed the league’s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators." Via ProFootball Talk and ESPN.com, on Thursday a lawyer hired by the NFL to provide independent analysis of the investigation said that Hargrove "he was told to lie about it and he did when he was asked about it in 2010 by the NFL investigators." The attorney, Mary Jo White, declined to say who told Hargrove to lie, although she said Hargrove did reveal that information to investigators.        

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