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Same day: Brett Favre joins Twitter, NFL says 2009 Saints violated rules with "bounty" payments

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: March 2, 2012 - 2:35 PM

 

First, the big news: Brett Favre appears to be on Twitter. It's not a verified account, but a tweet from Jason Romano in Bristol appears to confirm it is the real deal (only after a hitch, of course, involving a different Favre handle). Of course, we won't know for sure until @Favre4Official unretires from Twitter a few times.

Also of interest, perhaps, to Vikings fans: The NFL's investigation into the Saints has concluded, per ESPN's Adam Schefter, that the team had an "improper "pay for performance" program included "bounty" payments to players for inflicting injuries on opposing players that would result in them being removed from a game.

Per tweets from Newsday's Bob Glauber:

NFL found that Saints' players & one assistant coach had bounty system to purposely injure players, including Favre, Warner in '09 playoffs.

and

Saints bounty system: players paid $1,500 for "knockout," $1,000 for a “cart-off,” per NFL investigation. Payments increased in playoffs.

Conventional wisdom from NFL media types on Twitter is that the Saints are going to get clobbered when Roger Goodell rules on sanctions. It's hard to argue with the notion that it taints their Super Bowl victory, particularly if the severe ankle injury that impacted Favre in the NFC title game came as a result of this bounty system.

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