San Francisco 49ers Safety Donte Whitner’s Pointed Response To New Orleans Saints Bounty Program
On January 14th, 2012 San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner put a devastating hit on New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas, which resulted in a fumble. Since that game the Saints were severely punished by commissioner Roger Goodell for a bounty program that had been in place, which resulted in a number of players and coaches being suspended including Sean Payton.
Whitner on Monday was asked about the bounty program and he said “If you have the right type of guys in that (defensive) room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard. It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense.”
Saints linebacker Scott Shanle responded to the statement on Twitlonger saying “guy needs to shut his mouth and mind his own business. Don’t remember them winning the Superbowl. U still ringless. We got one and working on two now. Try to keep up.”
It’s interesting that the statement of minding his own business had been used as there’s an audiotape of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams who is also suspended referring to 49ers players Frank Gore, Kyle Williams, Michael Crabtree, Alex Smith, Vernon Davis and Kendall Hunter. So, being a good teammate when the question did come up and got asked it was definitely his business.
On Twitter 49ers fans also shared their own opinions about Shanle’s post and he came back with this Tweet “alright 49ers fans its been fun but I got 2 get back 2 work. That’s something we do in Louisiana so our state isn’t bankrupt. Im outta here.”
The only thing to do is to ignore the Tweet as it served no purpose and it won’t be surprising if there aren’t more words exchanged between the two teams before the game on November 25th.