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The NFL's evidence against the suspended New Orleans Saints coaches, players and former players included emails that Sean Payton's close friend and confidant, Mike Ornstein, sent from prison, offering up bounties for hits. However, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Ornstein insisted his emails were jokes, and he unsuccessfully attempted to convince commissioner Roger Goodell of this during their conversations. Ornstein reportedly gave the NFL and the NFL Players Association a text that he said came from former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, saying, "I stood up for you and told them just that. I told them we never took that (stuff) serious. I never ever saw you ever give money and that's just the truth."

2012-06-18 05:55:35 | Source: ESPN - Adam Schefter

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