Daily Special, May 8, 2012

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It’s all starting to come apart. Just when I get tired of writing about Bountygate, the flood doors start to buckle. Right about now Roger Goodell is noticing his socks are wet—and Roger? Just in case you’re wondering: no, that’s not a good sign.

It can’t be a coincidence that as soon as Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, and Scott Fujita all officially file appeals before the commissioner, the NFL releases another tidbit of information, trying to piss in the public relations pool. Seems that Anthony Hargrove confessed in some detail to following orders from Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt to mislead investigators in early 2010.

The problem is: Hargrove’s signed deposition doesn’t actually admit that a bounty program existed, or that he participated in it. ESPN, suddenly on the side of right and good, pointed this out almost as soon as the deposition was made public.

But there’s more, and it comes from an even more unexpected source: Mike Triplett of the Times-Picayune. I’ve excoriated Triplett in the past, so I should be fair and give him his due this time: this is what reporters are meant to do.

Triplett makes the same point about Hargrove’s deposition as ESPN, but he takes it further:

And according to a source close to Williams, the NFL has also misrepresented what Williams said in interviews with the league. According to the source, Williams never admitted a “bounty program” was in place and that the league “rephrased his statements to satisfy its needs.” The source also said Williams never identified any players for their involvement in a pay-for-performance or bounty program.

I’ve believed all along that Payton, Williams, Loomis, and Vitt played along knowing they’d never work in the NFL again if they didn’t. It was, essentially, a plea bargain, further conditioned by a deep-seated loyalty to the NFL that goes way beyond what they might think about the present commissioner. But if the players aren’t going to let themselves be railroaded, and if the official story starts blowing up, and it begins to look more likely that speaking up and standing up for themselves may work better than laying low and kissing ass, then Roger Goodell’s ass may be starved for kisses from here on in.

And right in the middle of all this the Saints announced the signing of another Bounty-era villain: Remi Ayodele, who stood above Brett Favre and crowed in triumph for the cameras. Kind of a hearty “fuck you you fucking fucks” directed right at Goodell and all his lackeys, enablers, and fanboys.

Mickey is having one hell of an offseason. NOW SIGN DREW!

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  • cc58May 8, 2012 at 11:03 am

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    Is Dan Kelly still having trouble registering?…I keep waiting for him to comment so I can

    him

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  • David KellyMay 8, 2012 at 11:06 am

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    Isn’t it obvious to even the most ardent Saints haters that Goodell has a sneaky alternate agenda in all of this, namely covering his but in front of the 1500+ former player lawsuits? I guess not. I am happy at least that my prediction two months ago that new info would come to light that will show that the Saints and their players aren’t as evil as everyone (including some naive Saints fans at the time) were making them out to be. I hope it all keeps unraveling for Goodell. I want to see him reduced to a broken shell of a man living on the streets in a cardboard box!

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    • HimselfMay 8, 2012 at 12:31 pm

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      If it’s true that the NFL manufactured “evidence” against Williams or anyone else, I want to see Goodell in prison. Not sure what crime that actually is, so I’ll settle for a prison in Guatemala. They don’t worry about legal niceties.

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      • Doc BoudinMay 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

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        I really think he’ll be better off in an American prison, say, Angola, where he can finally find the love he’s been looking for all these years…

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        • BRSaintsFanMay 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

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          Looking for love in all the wrong places…

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          • Doc BoudinMay 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

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            Like a cowboy with shit in his mustache…

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  • Doc BoudinMay 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm

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    Fantasies aside, I really don’t think Not-so-Jolly Roger is going anywhere. If things really start going south, he’ll hide behind his army of lawyers and wait for it all to fade away. Most of the owners still have his back; as long as revenue keeps coming in, he’s got the job, and no amount of bitching in the Blog-o-sphere is going to change that. Still, the thought of Roger getting dumped out on his ass warms the shit out of my cockles. Wherever the hell those are.

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    • HimselfMay 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm

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      This is one blogger who is calling down the power of the Mainstream Media. I’ve written before that reporters are like sharks, and if there’s blood in the water all deals are off. Already some of the bigger names are beginning to doubt, in print, that the NFL has the evidence they claim to have. I would bet the house that, behind the scenes, right now, there is a lot of scrambling to be the first one to nail down solid evidence that Roger Goodell crossed the line. And if he did, they will find it.

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      • Doc BoudinMay 8, 2012 at 9:33 pm

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        Suddenly, I have this mental image of you bellowing,”Release the Kraken!!” Or perhaps, “Cry Havoc, and let slip the Hogs of War!”

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