Today, the NFL announced that through two years of investigating, they have evidence that the New Orleans Saints used a bounty system — paying their players to injure opponents’ players.
The pool was orchestrated by defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and reportedly rewarded players as much as $1500 for a “knockout” of an opposing player—and possibly even more for injuring specific players like Kurt Warner and Brett Favre.
In January 2010, during the Saints’ championship season, Warner was knocked silly by Bobby McCray after an interception in the divisional round. He later tried to return to the game, but departed again in the fourth quarter. He would announce his retirement that offseason.
Despite a hard, unexpected hit to his blindside, Warner agreed today on his Twitter account that the hit was clean: