NEW ORLEANS — Jabari Greer began his afternoon in disbelief, wondering if what he was hearing about the penalties levied were true.
He spent the latter part of it defending his teammates and praising the Saints fan base.
Greer defended his friends, explaining that he’s only speaking out now because he believes their “integrity has been questioned.”
“It’s not defending the allegations,” Greer said. “It’s obvious the allegations are out there. There are things that have been proven. I’m not standing to be a liar but an ambassador of the integrity of our men.
“We’ve been painted to be mercenaries for hire and would do anything for a buck. And that’s wrong. That is not what our men are about.”
As for the support of the fan base, Greer said that has come through loud and clear.
“It has honestly been incredible,” Greer said. “Seeing the support that, not only they had in this situation, but after our early exit last year, after the promise that we had in our team and the ability that we had to reach the Super Bowl, to fall short and to see them support us the way we did, then and through this, we realize we have the best fans in the world.
“They’re incredible. This only solidifies our bond.”
Greer, entering his fourth year with the Saints, believes the team will be all right despite the suspensions of coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and linebackers coach Joe Vitt.
He said the system that has made the team successful the past half decade remains, along with most of the key players.
“We know that no matter the adversity, be it the lockout, be it the suspension or be it a hurricane, our men will pull together and defend the honor of this city,” Greer said. “We’ve shown we’ve been able to do that.”