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06.28.2012

QUARTERBACK DREW BREES SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE “BOUNTYGATE” ACCUSATIONS SURROUNDING HIS TEAM, THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS, WHEN HE VISITS CBS’s “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” THURSDAY, JUNE 28

 

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                Quarterback Drew Brees addresses the “Bountygate” controversy surrounding his team, the New Orleans Saints, when he visits the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Thursday, June 28.  Letterman and Brees discussed the “Bountygate” accusations at length:

LETTERMAN: “There's quite a lot of stuff going on in New Orleans…The Bountygate?  What is the status of that?”

BREES:  “…You know, that’s just an extremely unfortunate deal.”

LETTERMAN: “On which side of it?”  

BREES: “All sides – it’s certainly not a positive thing.  I mean, just the whole process itself and the investigation I feel like has been, you know, extremely unfair.  Unfortunately, it seems like it’s been more of a media campaign then it is actually finding the truth to the matter.”

LETTERMAN: “Was there truth to the matter?”

BREES: “Well, I don’t know because, you know, I think our position as players has been we just want to see the facts of the investigation and just put the truth out there and let us move on.”


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LETTERMAN: “Now, at any time during the supposed period of time this was going on, were you aware of it?  Did you know that this was happening?”

BREES:  “No, absolutely not, and that’s not something that I believe our team would be engaged in, and I think for all of us, it was a shock when we were accused of that, because that’s a pretty heinous accusation.  So the entire time for a lot of us, it’s been, you know, show us the proof, put forth the facts and, if indeed it is proved that there was a pay-to-injure program in place, then, yes, there should be punishment enforced, but unfortunately to this point, there’s been no hard evidence to show that that was indeed taking place.”

 

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BREES:  “I mean, I’ll be honest with you, and I think I can speak for all fans in America for that matter, we are tired of hearing about it.  We don’t want to talk about it anymore.  Put forth the facts, the truth, and if indeed there was a pay-to-injure scheme, then people will get punished, and if there’s not, then let’s exonerate these men because, at this point, it seems like it’s a smear campaign.  We’re dragging them through the mud, we’re ruining their reputations and careers with no true evidence.”

LETTERMAN: “Does this experience take the shine off the Super Bowl victory a little bit, or is it not in that time frame?”

BREES: “No, I don’t think it does.  I mean, they’re talking about the 2009 season, which was our championship season, but, no… it’s not something that was affecting, I think, our success.”

LETTERMAN: “Sounds to me like you’re fed up, and I can get you a deal with the Jets.  If you’re fed up, I can get you a deal with the Jets.

BREES: “I think – they have enough quarterbacks at this point.”

LETTERMAN: “…Oh, that’s right. What could one more hurt, for God’s sakes?”

            Brees’ entire interview, in which he also discusses the importance of concussion testing as well as his involvement with the World Food Programme, can be seen on the LATE SHOW tonight (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.  Also visiting the LATE SHOW tonight is actress Blake Lively.

The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated.  Barbara Gaines, Matt Roberts, Jude Brennan, Maria Pope, Eric Stangel, Justin Stangel and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.  

 

RATING: TV-PG (Rating may change on day of broadcast due to specific subject matter.)

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