NFLPA cites 1996 bounty program allowed by NFL

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Meanwhile, former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman Jimmy Kennedy submitted a sworn declaration stating he “knew nothing of any alleged `bounty’ program” that the Saints had in place on quarterback Brett Favre when they faced the Vikings in the 2009-10 NFC title game.

Kennedy’s declaration states that he had only told teammates that the Saints were hitting Minnesota players “like there’s money on the table,” which was his way of urging teammates to match New Orleans’ intensity.

Kennedy said NFL investigator Joe Hummel called him to ask about a Saints bounty program, and he told Hummel he did not know anything about it.

“Contrary to the League’s claims, I did not act as a `whistleblower,’” Kennedy stated.

An NFL memo from the bounty probe has indicated that Kennedy told then-Vikings coach Brad Childress about a Saints bounty on Favre after discussing it with Hargrove, his former teammate in St. Louis.

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