New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has penned an open letter to fans that denounces the bounty program the NFL alleges Saints defensive players conducted for three years under the supervision of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, claims no knowledge of the bounty, urges fans to keep an open mind as the NFL finalizes its investigation and hands out punishment, and stresses the team’s continuing unity amid the probe and impending fallout.

There is no place in the National Football League, or any sport played at any level, for players to conspire, to be coerced, or to be incentivized to intentionally injure another player. I did not participate in any Bounty program, nor did I have any knowledge relating to its real existence. I have spent the last several years as an Executive Committee Member of the NFLPA making health and safety a priority and I am proud of the advancements we’ve made and will continue to make.

Read the full letter here.

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