Brees denies knowledge of bounty program

BRETT MARTEL AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Drew Brees says he has never participated in and was never aware of a "real" bounty program, and there would be no place for players being provided incentives to intentionally injure one another in any sport.

In a letter posted on his foundation's website Friday night, the Saints' star quarterback says fans should reserve judgment until more is known about the league's bounty probe.

The NFL has said former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran an improper pay-for-performance pool, which offered bonuses for big plays as well as big hits that forced opposing players from games or left them needing help to leave the field.

Brees says if the facts prove there was improper behavior, the Saints will hold themselves accountable.