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Anthony Hargrove Denies Saints Tried To Injure Brett Favre

Anthony Hargrove, formerly of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, figures in the great New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. The big defensive tackle was caught on tape celebrating Brett Favre's injury in the 2009 NFC Championship, the game most commonly pointed to when in need of supposed evidence Saints players were running amok.

Now a member of the Seattle Seahawks, Hargrove said in an exclusive to SI.com:

I agree it was a late hit, but in the heat of the moment I was simply trying to make a play. I can assure you that when I got up, I was thinking 2 things, one, that I cost my team, and two, that I might have just cost myself some money if the NFL fined me. To put things in perspective, I received a game ball for my play that day and yet got fined while receiving nothing and expecting to receive nothing for the play some keep referencing. Kudos to Brett, he even asked me if that was all I had! Gotta love him.

But did I personally want Favre INJURED? Absolutely and categorically NO! Did I feel like we, the Saints, had a better chance of being in the Super Bowl with Favre on the sideline? Of course.

Check back here for the latest on the Saints and just what they might be in for. While we're at it, here's Bomani Jones on the matter:

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.