Although the NFL provided a minimal amount of information to the NFL players union and the suspended players regarding the bounty evidence it has, league officials took several media members aside on Monday and showed them what CBSSports.com called compelling evidence.
According to CBSSports.com., much of the evidence came from Gregg Williams and Joe Vitt. Williams told investigators he was "rolling the dice with player safety and someone could have been maimed."
The NFL also used information provided by the Saints computer system. This information, provided by owner Tom Benson to the NFL, included a slide the NFL showed, which said, "Now it's time to do our job, collect bounty money, no apologies, let's go hunting." This slide was accompanied by a picture of Dwayne "Dog" Champman, who is "Dog the Bounty Hunter."
Matt Hasselbeck was an alleged target along with Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers, to that list.
According to the evidence, $35,000 was offered to take out Brett Favre in the 2009 NFC Championship Game against the Vikings ($10,000 from Jonathan Vilma, $10,000 from Charles Grant, $10,000 from Mike Ornstein and $5,000 from Joe Vitt).
A number of other anonymous sources were used as well.