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Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt released the following statement on Wednesday in response to the NFL’s evidence pointing to him as someone who pledged money to a bounty pool:

“Information released by the NFL to the NFLPA yesterday resulted in the media inaccurately reporting that I was accused of pledging money to an incentive or a so-called "bounty" program. The NFL never accused me of such conduct because I did not pledge any money for any incentive, pay for performance, bounty or any other alleged program in connection with any game, including the 2010 NFC Championship.

“The Commissioner confirmed that there is no such allegation or suspicion in a conversation that we had today and the NFL has publicly sought to clarify that the document that has been mischaracterized was not intended to implicate me — formally or informally. I reaffirmed my pledge to the Commissioner to be an agent for change in helping to find new ways and practices to make our game safer for all players. I look forward to continued conversations with the league on this matter.

“Finally, it cannot be emphasized enough, none of our players, particularly those who are facing suspensions, ever crossed the white line with the intent to injure an opponent. I am proud of our players and stand behind them 100% and will do whatever I can to help restore their good names.”

Vitt, who is the interim head coach of the Saints during Sean Payton’s year-long suspension, is suspended for the first six games of the regular season. Part of the NFL’s evidence presented early this week included a paper that had Vitt apparently pledging $5,000 to a bounty pool to knock out Vikings QB Brett Favre in the 2010 NFC championship game.

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