Former Saints fullback Mike Karney was mentioned as a target in page among the NFL’s bounty evidence against the Saints, Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picyaune reports.
“I’m not mad about it,” said Karney, who played for the Saints from 2004 to 2008. “I take it as a compliment. I love it.”
The NFL said the slide was presented at a Saints defensive meeting on Nov. 12, 2009 in preparation for a game against the St. Louis Rams three days later. Under the headline “MIKE (EXPLETIVE) KARNEY,” the slide featured three photos of Karney and the following some text that included the following:
“Though St. Louis Rams fullback Mike Karney says he has ‘moved on’ from the insensitive timing of his release by Saints officials eight months ago, it appears the cut hasn’t completely healed.”
Karney said he hadn’t seen the actual slide but said several people notified him shortly after it hit the news and briefed him the details.
“I’ve never seen anything like that before in all my years in the league,” Karney said Thursday from Mount Laurel, N.J., where he’d spent the week training at the sixth annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films. “It’s ridiculous. I look at it like this. I must have done something really well when I was there for them to put a bounty on me.”
“I don’t recall anything where I thought, they’re trying to do something to me, they’re trying to blow out my knee,” Karney said. “Maybe the guys couldn’t act on it. The players weren’t the problem. Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis, that was the problem. I wasn’t their guy.”
“Evil does not prevail,” Karney said. “Everything in life eventually comes back to you full circle. It brought them a Super Bowl championship (in 2009). But it also brought them a lot of bad baggage. There’s a lot of evil in that organization.”