The release of the NFL’s findings on the Saints bounty program and the penalties handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell has sparked debate among Vikings fans considering one of their main targets was Brett Favre in the 2009 championship game.
The findings that pertain to the Vikings include:
- The investigation showed bounties being placed on four quarterbacks of opposing teams – Brett Favre, Cam Newton, Aaron Rodgers, and Kurt Warner. Multiple sources have confirmed that several players pledged funds toward bounties on specific opposing players, with defensive captain Jonathan Vilmaoffering $10,000 to any player who knocked Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game in 2010.
- The following week, in the NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings, Saints defensive players were assessed $30,000 in fines for four separate illegal hits, several of which were directed against quarterback Brett Favre.
- Coach Vitt acknowledges that the defensive meeting preceding the 2010 NFC Championship Game may have “got out of hand” with respect to Brett Favre
Ayodele was with the Saints from 2008 and 2010 before signing with the Vikings last summer as a free agent after the lockout.
Ayodele was involved on a high-low hit of former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the third quarter of the Saints’ overtime victory in the NFC Championship Game in January 2010. Defensive lineman Bobby McCray also was involved in that hit and shortly thereafter the league fined him and fellow lineman Anthony Hargrove a total of $25,000 for three separate illegal hits in the game.