Statement from the NFL spokesman Greg Aiello on Brees' comments, specifically that the NFL had a pre-determined outcome in mind on the bounty investigation:
We completely disagree. The evidence is overwhelming that the Saints conducted a prohibited pay-for-performance/bounty program for three seasons that offered rewards to players if an opponent was “carted off” or “knocked out” with an injury. The investigation was thorough and includes statements from multiple sources with first-hand knowledge about the details of the program, corroborating documentation and other evidence. The enforcement of the bounty rule is important to protect players that are put at risk by this kind of scheme. Certainly, Drew Brees would not want to be the target in a bounty scheme and that is why we must eliminate bounties from football.