Sapp: Shockey was Saints bounty 'snitch'

Former Saints TE denies accusation in tweet

Published On: Mar 22 2012 08:32:05 AM CDT   Updated On: Mar 22 2012 11:49:42 AM CDT
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Former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp accused former New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey of being the whistle-blower on the existence of the bounty program that led to severe punishments handed down against the franchise on Wednesday.

Sapp, now a commentator for the NFL Network, posted on his Twitter account "BINGO!" in response to another tweet asking if Shockey was the snitch.

Shockey, who played for the Saints for two of the three seasons in which they were accused of running a bounty program, tersely denied the accusation on a subsequent posting on his Twitter account.

"I don't even play defense," Shockey tweeted. "There’s nothing I can say that will take people’s opinion away, but I don’t have to defend myself."

The NFL came down hard on the Saints on Wednesday, suspending head coach Sean Payton for one year, fining the franchise $500,000 and forcing the team to forfeit second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

In addition, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who implemented the bounty program, was suspended indefinitely. Williams left the team after last season to accept the defensive coordinator's post with the St. Louis Rams.