Kennedy issued a statement Friday saying that his role in the investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program has been misconstrued.
"The commissioner of the NFL recently distributed a memo to all 32 NFL teams regarding the alleged bounty program that contained blatant lies about me, thereby adding me to the list of men [whose] reputations and character have been irreparably damaged by the shoddy, careless, shameful so-called investigation behind this sham proceeding," Kennedy said in the statement. "Roger Goodell identifies me as the 'whistleblower' who approached former Viking coach Brad Childress about an alleged bounty on Brett Favre in the NFC Championship Game. That is a lie."
Kennedy said he was never interviewed by the NFL except for a pair of 30-second conversations with NFL security.
"I am not one of the players who has been officially disciplined by the NFL as a part of this sham, but I now know that I too have been damaged by the NFL's complete disregard for truth and integrity," Kennedy said in the statement.
Goodell continues to take criticism not only for how he has handled the
bounty investigation but also in the appeals process for suspended
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