POSTED: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 8:23pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 10:06am
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Saints defensive end Will Smith was slapped with a four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the bounty program the Saints ran from 2009-2011. Smith sent out the following statement denying all accusations and announcing he will appeal the suspension.
"I am disappointed the NFL has punished me with a four game suspension. I have never in my career, nor as a Captain asked others, to intentionally target and hurt specific opposing players. I was in no way involved in establishing or assisting Gregg Williams with implementing a bounty program. The accusations made against me are completely and one-hundred percent false, and I plan to appeal the decision along with the help of the NFL Players Association. Through this entire process, the NFL never notified me of what I was being accused of, nor presented me with any evidence or reasoning for this decision. I am interested in discovering who is making these specific and false accusations, and as well as why a decision was made without speaking with me and giving me the opportunity to review the facts. I am going to work with my union to clear my name and returning to the game I love and respect. Thank you to our fans for the continued support."