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Anthony Hargrove, others reject bounty settlement

We haven't heard much from Anthony Hargrove of late, but the free-agent defensive end re-emerged Sunday to weigh in on the New Orleans Saints bounty appeal hearings being conducted by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue.

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Hargrove -- joined by his agent, Phil Williams, on "The NFL Today" on CBS -- told James Brown, "You can't serve God and money," when asked if he would accept a settlement from the NFL. Williams confirmed Hargrove, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith and Scott Fujita -- the four suspended Saints players connected to the scandal -- rejected a settlement offered by the NFL.

Hargrove, who has appealed his two-game suspension, called Tagliabue's handling of the hearings "fair." The former Saints defender vehemently denied the existence of a pay-for-performance program in New Orleans.

"(There was) never payments, nor discussions ever talking about injuring an opponent or anybody," Hargrove said. "... We had a production chart of great plays. It kept the stats, practice production, how many plays you made in practice, if you had any missed assignments, how many tackles you made, interceptions, fumble recoveries, things of that nature. ... We never got any money for injuring anyone."

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