In a memorandum given to all 32 NFL teams on Tuesday, the league had identified former New York Giant defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy as the whistleblower responsible for uncovering the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Kennedy, however, insists he had no involvement in the scandal and used Twitter to defend himself.
Kennedy was a lineman for the Minnesota Vikings from 2008-2010. During that time, the NFL stated that Kennedy was informed by his friend Anthony Hargrove, a Saints defensive lineman, that there was a $10,000 bounty placed on QB Brett Favre in the NFC Championship Game in 2009. Kennedy allegedly then went to his head coach Brad Childress with the information.
In a meeting with defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and assistant coach Joe Vitt, Williams told Hargrove "some people thought that I had told Vikings player Jimmy Kennedy about the existence of a 'bounty' on Brett Favre because I am friends with Jimmy from our playing days at St. Louis."
The NFL is now claims that an interview was conducted with both with Kennedy and Childress in which it concluded that Kennedy was the whistleblower.
Not only does Kennedy deny being the whistleblower, but he insists that no such interview was ever conducted. On Wednesday Kennedy vented on Twitter.
–"It's really starting to bother me. How can the NFL continue to say I told them about Bounty & they interviewed me? THIS DID NOT HAPPEN!"
–"A memo sent to ALL 32 Teams, Stating I Snitched & said something about N.O bounty program. How can I do that as a VIKING?"
–"This Sucks! I NEVER interviewed with anyone from #NFL, No NFL Security, Not Goodell, NO ONE!"
–"My Integrity & Character means the world to me. I respect this game & my fellow players. I have always been a loyal Friend & Teammate."
–"It bothers me that the respect of my Peers & Coaches is in Jeopardy because of this. So for the last time, I NEVER INTERVIEWED WITH THE NFL!"
–"I NEVER TOLD ANYONE ABOUT A BOUNTY PROGRAM THAT I DIDNT/WOULDNT KNOW OF. I NEVER TALKED TO HARGROVE OR ANY SAINTS PLAYER ABOUT THE PROGRAM"
This appears to be a question of "he said she said," and it is possible we may never know which story is the truth. It's also the second time a former member of the New York Giants has been accused of blowing the whistle; the first being tight end Jeremy Shockey, who was initially named by Warren Sapp. Shockey also denied spilling the beans.
Bountygate has been flooding the news for what feels like an eternity and it seems it will remain that way for the time being.
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