Troy Brown knows what it's like to participate in a "pay for performance" system.
The former New England Patriots wideout and kick returner even knows what it's like to be the money man behind a "kitty" pool.
But in an interview with the Boston Herald, Brown drew a distinction between his $100 payments for blocks on his returns for touchdowns and the bounty system the New Orleans Saints administered under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams from 2009 to 2011.
âThatâs just insane, because weâre all in the same boat,â Brown said Friday. âWe all know how difficult it is to get this job, and to maintain this job, and to stay healthy, and to make a good living. The hurtinâ part, Iâm just having a hard time digesting that one.â
Brown added: âThat sounds more like 50s and 70s type football. And Iâm a big fan of the New Orleans Saints.
"But as (Mike) Tyson says, 'itâs ludicrous.' I just donât get that one. Why would you intentionally want to go out and hurt people that are doing the same thing youâre doing. Youâre trying to make a living. Thatâs the bottom line. I donât really get it. I donât know if those guys thought about that part. Weâre all making a living in this business. Thatâs not the image you want to live with as players. Deliberately hurting people at their livelihood? Iâm having a hard time understanding where their heads are on that one.â
"I think this is something that, from when I got in the league in 1997, has happened thousands and thousands of times over," Sharper said about "pay for performance" systems. "It's ridiculous that someone is trying to say that we made bounties on knocking guys out, when basically all it was is that when a guy gets an interception, then he might get paid. That's something that guys do amongst themselves."