Former Saints offensive lineman Kyle Turley today told WWL's Bobby Hebert and Deke Bellavia that he believes quarterback Drew Brees needs to explain what he knew about the so-called "bounty program" in the organization.
Turley said that Brees holds a higher obligation to be up-front about his knowledge of the pay-for-performance system.
"He (Brees) holds an executive position on the committee of the player's union. And with that, he has a responsibility not only to the players in his locker room, but to every player in the NFL," Turley said.
The former Saints lineman pointedly said that Brees, as a player representative, has an obligation to disclose anything he knew about the program.
"If you're going to throw Jonathan Vilma under the bus, if you're going to throw the (coaches and GM) under the bus...I'm simply raising the question that needs to be answered. The coaches, the owners, the GM, and the training staff...are protected to all lengths to any obligation to player health and safety. But Drew Brees has a duty to do, and the union has a duty to do.
Following an earlier apology by former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams and today's joint apology by Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis, Turley said he found the lack of comment by Brees on the matter disturbing.
"I believe personally that a guy like Drew Brees...In the position he's holding, by not answering the question of whether he knew or not...is disturbing," Turley said. "It's a simple yes or no answer, as far as I'm concerned. All that Drew Brees needs to do is say, 'yes, I knew,' or 'no I didn't.' Period."