Hargrove, who now plays for the Green Bay Packers, was one of four players to receive suspensions from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for their roles in the "bounty" program, in which the Saints were found to have offered defensive players money to knock certain opponents out of games from 2009 to 2011.
According to the allegations in Hargrove's statement, which was obtained Monday by Yahoo! Sports, Vitt and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams told Hargrove multiple times to deny the existence of any bounty program to the NFL, with Vitt reminding Hargrove that he brought Hargrove into the NFL and to the Saints, and both men telling Hargrove to "play dumb."
"We had a pot for big plays, the same thing everyone else in the league has, now they call them pay-for-performance. But we never paid for dirty hits," Vitt said. "I'll say it again, the exact same thing I told the commissioner, our players never crossed the white lines with an intent to maim or injure."