More bad news for the Saints, as Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the NFL has IN HAND a ledger that shows just how the bounties that the league is accusing the Saints of having were paid for.
Here’s a part of the story from Yahoo!
The NFL has a copy of a “ledger” that was kept detailing weekly earnings for players in the New Orleans Saints bounty system, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.
The ledger, which shows both money earned for “cart-offs” and “whacks” and deducted for “mental errors,” also points to the fact that players were told on a week-by-week basis of their performance.
Ex-Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is at the center of the bounty scandal investigation. (AP)According to sources, the NFL showed portions of the ledger during meetings with some of those who have been investigated in the scandal.
“The players clearly knew what was going each week with the payments,” a source told Yahoo! Sports. In fact, multiple sources admitted that Saints defensive players would regularly encourage teammates to put money earned from the bounty system back into the pool. It’s unclear if that was to increase the potential winnings or eventually use the money for some other purpose.
Regardless of whether the money was paid out or not, the mere implication of a cash payment for such plays is considered a violation of league rules.
NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said via text message that the league “made mention” of the ledger in a meeting with the union in April, but that the NFLPA had not seen the ledger yet.
As a result, Atallah called into question the use of the ledger as “evidence.”
“I guess it either qualifies as evidence, which means fair due process was violated because [the] players didn’t get to see it before they were punished or it is not hard evidence because they didn’t get to see it and cross examine the validity of that piece of evidence,” Atallah wrote.
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