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Hargrove Mad At NFL For Twisting The Truth

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 Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove is upset with the NFL for leaking his sworn declaration, and because they ”grossly mischaracterized” his words.

Click here to read Hargrove’s affidavit he sent to the NFL back on April 13th.

In it, he describes how back in early 2010 current Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, asked him to deny an existence of a bounty program if NFL investigators asked him any questions.

Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, will be suspended for the first 8 games of the 2012 season for his alleged role in “bountygate.”

Hargrove is particularly upset that his affidavit has been made public. His agent, Phil Williams, e-mailed a statement of the Associated Press on Wednesday.

”Call me naive, but I did not expect them to publicize the fact that I had sent them ‘the Declaration.’ But since they did, and because they grossly mischaracterized my words, it obviously became a hot item and subsequently was leaked by someone,” Hargrove’s statement said.

Hargrove Upset With NFL

The NFL has claimed that Hargrove’s declaration confirmed that the Saints ran a “bounty” system, and that he took part in it.

At no point in his affidavit does Hargrove acknowledge that he or any of his teammates participated in a bounty program that offered cash bonuses for tackles that injured targeted opponents.

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