One of the Green Bay Packers' free agent acquisitions, former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, is getting more headlines than MVP Aaron Rodgers at this point of the NFL off-season.
Hargrove's involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal got him a hefty fine and suspension. Now the new Packers player is defending himself in the court of public appeal.
Yesterday Hargrove held an informal press conference on the sidewalk in front of the commissioner's office declaring his innocence. The 13 minute speech addressed an NFL Films tape where the league office alleges Hargrove is heard yelling "Give me the money” after hitting then Vikings quarterback Brett Favre viciously in the 2009 NFC Championship game.
“I have felt like the target of a sophisticated mugging,” Hargrove said.
Four Saints players had their appeal heard by Commissioner Goodell this week. No announcement has been made by the NFL.