Fleur-de-Links: June 22, 2012

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TWEETS:

Its fun to watch people win championships..no matter the sport. Its an incredible moment. Everything it takes to get there. Congrats HEAT.

This sums up how every1 feels at this point NFLPA calls bounty probe "unprofessional, unsubstantiated and incomplete"

Thoughts on this new Nike shirt?

I'm glad Mark Cuban make skip look stupid on that first take debate. All that noise skip always talkin, jus bumpin his gums!

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD, what is this?

About to play a round of golf with down in his hometown of San Clemente

Dear automatic flushing toilet... I appreciate the enthusiasm....but I wasn't finished yet...

Just finished 6th workout of week n 5 days. All I can say is has lost his step in "Rebounder." Back to back losses to the champ!

" falcons fan for life BUT this suspension is B.S man"had to retweet this. 1st falcon fan since t.i to b this classy

I had a great time at my 2nd annual football camp at TF South...the youngsters had a whole lotta fun! Thanks to all my coaches for the help

When sum1 fixes this weather in miami holla at me

I know it was live in Miami last nite!

Mannnnnn, did miami really beat them boys like that last night? Lol... LJ and DW ain't even finish the game lol...

Thanks to many for pointing this out: awful shirt actually says "I'd rather shower at Penn State THEN support Alabama"

Only football camp would a kid throw up at the mat drill station. SMH. was right there with me saying WOW

Miami its been fun.... Time to get back... I need to workout and run....

": Crows can recognize human faces and warn other crows about dangerous people." Am I the only one this bothers?

Oh wow. Glorious rant by on Brees' tweets:

"evil" ? Really? "Evil"? C'mon, dude. Unsavory, sure. Uncouth, definitely. But "evil"?

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NFLPA REQUESTS NEW INVESTIGATION & MORE ON BOUNTYFARCE:

Roger Knows Best: Episode 12 - Who Dat Social Club
We hear the doorbell ring and Roger walks into the scene. He opens the door to reveal a uniformed policeman (Officer Hummel).

Full text of NFLPA letter asking for re-start of bounty investigation | ProFootballTalk
[Editor's note: NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith has sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking that the bounty investigation be conducted again, from scratch. The full text of the June 22, 2012 letter appears below.

DeMaurice Smith: Bounty investigators let the NFL down | ProFootballTalk
The four players suspended as a result of the NFL's investigation into the Saints' bounty program believe the league office got the whole thing wrong, and the head of their union says that rather than closing the investigation, it's time to re-examine the whole thing.

PFT Live: De Smith and Jeff Pash | ProFootballTalk
Fridays on PFT Live usually have a big spot open for PFT Planet to join us and weigh in on the NFL stories of the day. This isn't a usual week, though. Your calls and tweets will return soon enough, but today belongs to DeMaurice Smith and Jeff Pash.

Former New Orleans Saints fullback Mike Karney: "There’s a lot of evil in that organization" | SI Tracking Blog – Tracking MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, and NCAA On Twitter

Warren Sapp says he apologized to Jeremy Shockey | ProFootballTalk
We've been following the Saints bounty program case long enough that there have been multiple flashpoints that seemed huge at the moment and faded into the background of the next round of revelations.

NFLPA asks league to start over on bounty investigation | wwltv.com New Orleans
According to several national sports web sites, including ProFootballTalk.com and nfl.com, the NFLPA has sent a request to Commissioner Roger Goodell to have the investigation into the alleged bounty program started over.

NFL defends its position in bounty investigation, punishments | wwltv.com New Orleans
The NFL denies accusations it covered up retractions made by key witnesses in its bounty investigation, or that Commissioner Roger Goodell has placed gag orders on Saints employees and others who could help punished players clear their names.

Sports Radio Interviews " Blog Archive " Sean Pamphilon on Drew Brees: "Sacred Cow Allowed to Walk Around and Acting as if he’s Not Even Involved"
Sean Pamphilon joined Josh and Charod on XX 1090 in San Diego to discuss the bounty scandal. But we’ve heard from Pamphilon quite a lot lately — arguably too much. What was really interesting was hearing what he had to say about Drew Brees’ involvement and association with what went down.

Mike Karney, part of bounty evidence, declares Saints "evil" | ProFootballTalk
"Evil does not prevail," Karney said. "Everything in life eventually comes back to you full circle. It brought them a Super Bowl championship [in 2009]. But it also brought them a lot of bad baggage. There’s a lot of evil in that organization."

NFL - Should Goodell reduce bounty penalties - ESPN
Knowing what we know now, an argument can be made that Goodell should reduce the player penalties. But he won't, and he doesn't have to.

League clears way for Gregg Williams to publicly come clean | ProFootballTalk
If former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams wants to talk, he apparently can. At Monday's appeal hearing, lawyer Peter Ginsberg claimed that the league had issued a gag order preventing Williams and other Saints employees from speaking about the situation.

Evidence against Fujita shows that bounty case is all about semantics | ProFootballTalk
Lost in the debate regarding whether Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma offered a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre prior to the 2009 NFC title game and whether former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove said, "Bobby, give me my money" after it appeared Favre had been knocked out of the 2009 NFC title g...

NFL hasn’t taken down Hargrove video | ProFootballTalk
Although the league has provided much fodder for raising fair, tough questions about the handling of the bounty case against the Saints, the NFL has not engaged in what would be an obvious effort to prevent fans from scrutinizing more carefully the "give me my money" sideline video from the 2009 NFC...

NFL says it didn't hide retractions by witnesses in bounty investigation - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

Former New Orleans Saints fullback Mike Karney: NFL evidence shows team targeted him - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News - NOLA.com

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DREW BREES

Saints fans fume over treatment of Drew Brees – USATODAY.com
"With all the crap happening here, they should just sign Drew Brees and get the drama over with," Belizaire says. "Jonathan Vilma won't be here this year. Will Smith will be gone for a few games. But with Drew Brees, you've still got a shot at getting to the Super Bowl."

Brees visits Letterman next week | ProFootballTalk
It's unknown whether Drew Brees currently is talking to the Saints. It is known that next week he'll be talking to David Letterman. The unsigned quarterback will appear Tuesday on The Late Show With David Letterman, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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LAGNIAPPE:

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