As the whole "Bountygate" scandal surrounding former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams continues to unravel, one thing we have yet to really hear are the opinions of those players who were targeted. That is until now, as former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has finally touched on the issue.
Favre's name has been one the most prominent in the ongoing investigations, as there was a $10,000 bounty to take him out by Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma in the 2009 NFC Conference title game.
When asked about the issue by Sports Illustrated's Peter King, Favre responded:
I'm not pissed. It's football. I don't think anything less of those guys. I would have loved to play with Vilma. Hell of a player. I've got a lot of respect for Gregg Williams. He's a great coach. I'm not going to make a big deal about it. In all honesty, there's a bounty of some kind on you on every play. Now, in that game there were some plays that, I don't want to say were odd, but I'd throw the ball and whack, on every play. Hand it off, whack. Over and over. Some were so blatant.
Not quite the response you would expect from a guy like Favre. He was happy though that the story finally was brought to life.
Now the truth comes out. That's good. But that's football. The only thing that really pisses me off about the whole thing is we lost the game. That's the thing about that day that still bothers me. And that's the way it goes. If they wanted me to testify in court about this, they'd be calling the wrong guy.
Favre seems to be taking the high road with this issue. It is becoming quite clear that he is finally done in the NFL, so why would he want to get caught up in this sort of drama?
The NFL will obviously handle it, and the past is the past.
He did say that he thought the Saints should have been fined more for their hits on him, but it is clear that he believes this the game of football and there just really isn't much he can do now.
And perhaps that is what it is. That this really is just a part of the game and everyone outside of it is caught off-guard by the situation.
Clearly, no matter how laissez-faire players appear to be, the NFL will have to continue to step in to clean up the potential disaster their image can take with this situation.
Should Players Like Favre Be More Vocal on the Matter?
One player that most still want to hear from is Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning, as recent information has connected his career-threatening neck injury to Williams' defense with the Washington Redskins back in 2006.
The league will need to continue to dig up information and likely take immediate action on Williams, as he currently stands as the St. Louis Rams' D-Coordinator.
While players like Favre who were on the other side of the situation will continue to likely voice their opinions on the ongoing matter, it is becoming quite clear that this situation is only going to get bigger and bigger as more details emerge.