Denies any knowledge of any supposed bountygate, this well after Williams' ommission. Apparently the franchise QB, face of the team, team Captain didn't know what the GM, Owner, head Coach, D Coordinator, LBs coach, and at least 25 other players knew.
"I did not participate in any bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence," Brees said. "I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we've made and will continue to make.
"We are all working diligently to find the truth in this matter and if the facts prove there was improper behavior, we will hold ourselves accountable. Until that time, we will stand together and remain united as an organization."
The punishment comes down, and he states, about his coach, via twitter:
"I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment"
Well, you got your explanation, that great coach, mentor, and MAN willingly contributed to a disgusting practice. Great message to send.
Greg Williams, he of the worst punishment, is the only one, to me, who deserves the slightest bit of leniency, at least he has been forthright and honest since it broke. No excuses, no defense, just apology after apology, as it should be.
Brees, he should be ashamed and immediately removed from any Exec Board Committee seat he may hold. What a fraud. He's venturing to Tiger Woods territory in my eyes: the image he's built up is a sham.