While the suspended Saints players and coaches fight to clear their names of any wrongdoing, the NFL seems to be uninterested in the players claims. New Orleans interim head coach Joe Vitt, who has been suspended for the first six games of the 2012 season, took the fight for truth to a whole new level, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Vitt called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday afternoon and offered to take a lie detector test to prove that the league's bounty allegations against him are false. The primary accusation against Vitt is that he offered a $5,000 bounty for a knockout hit on then Vikings quarterback Brett Favre before the 2010 NFC Championship game.
"In recent information released by the National Football League to the NFLPA and later to the media, there is an allegation made against me that is completely untrue and I cannot let it go unchallenged," Vitt said in a statement on Wednesday. "I did not pledge any money for any type of incentive program whatsoever pertaining to the 2010 NFC Championship Game."
The league's suspension of Vitt was technically for not preventing or stopping the supposed bounty program housed inside the Saints locker room. Information of Vitt's involvement in specific bounty activity did not have any impact on the NFL's decision
Vitt continued in search of clearing any guilt from his name.
"Furthermore, I have never at any time pledged any money for any type of incentive program or so called bounty program," Vitt said. "Today I had a conversation with Commissioner Goodell and I stated to him that I would sign a sworn affidavit to this effect or I would make myself available to take a lie detector test to rectify this matter."
Vitt reinforced the idea that the accusations were false, supporting all of his players and professing his belief that they are innocent of any crimes.
"I am proud of our players and stand behind them 100 percent and will do whatever I can to help them restore their good names," Vitt added.
Vitt will take over the Saints head coaching job in Week 8, as head coach Sean Payton was suspended until after the Super Bowl for his role in the scheme.
It will be interesting to see if Goodell takes Vitt up on the offer, as it could severely inhibit the NFL's case and even void all suspensions if found to be true.
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