NEW YORK – Former New Orleans defensive end Anthony Hargrove says its not his voice saying Give me the money in a video used by the NFL as evidence in its investigation of the Saints bounty program.
A day after Hargrove and three of his ex-teammates made appeals of their suspensions at NFL headquarters, he returned to the sidewalk outside the league offices Tuesday for an informal news conference.
Ive never offered nor received money to intentionally hurt a player, Hargrove said.
On Monday, the NFL showed reporters a clip from the 2010 NFC championship game in which Hargrove purportedly made the money comment about injuring then-Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Hargrove insisted it was someone else uttering those words, though he said he didnt know who.
Hargrove was flagged and subsequently fined $5,000 for a flagrant hit on Favre, who returned to the game.
This happens, Hargrove said, looking into the TV cameras. Brett, Im truly sorry.
Hargrove, now with Green Bay, has been suspended for eight games.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: We stand by the findings of our investigation.
On Monday, Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Jonathan Vilma attended appeals hearings with Commissioner Roger Goodell. After the sessions, the NFL presented the same evidence it showed the players to reporters. The Hargrove clip was part of that.
Meanwhile, the office of Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, will meet with Goodell for about 15 minutes today to talk about bounties in professional football.
They will then appear together at a news conference.
Vikings’ Harvin not ‘real happy’
Star receiver Percy Harvin is voicing some frustrations with the Minnesota Vikings at the teams first day of a mandatory minicamp.
After a morning walkthrough practice Tuesday, Harvin told reporters that he hasnt been real happy lately and that a lot of things need to be sorted out before training camp begins.
Harvin has two years left on his rookie deal but would not say that his displeasure is related to his contract.
Around the league
Prosecutors in Texas have dropped a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib for allegedly firing a gun at his sisters boyfriend. Tennessee agreed to terms on a multiyear deal with safety Michael Griffin after designating the five-year vet as their franchise player. New England released tight end Bo Scaife and offensive lineman Mike Ingersoll.