ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Saints Coach Joe Vitt is "outraged at the accusations" that the league released recently saying that Vitt offered money and corroborated evidence in the bounty probe.
"100% Untrue," Schefter reported Vitt insisted.
ESPN says Joe Vitt called Roger Goodell this morning to tell him he never offered any bounty money and the allegations against him are false.
Schefter says that Vitt told Goodell he will take a lie-detector test to prove innocence or sign sworn affidavit that he never participated in bounty program.
ESPN quoted Vitt as saying, "They're lies. What is on that paper (shown to NFLPA and media) is false. How can anything else on that paper be considered?"
Update: Saints spokesman Greg Bensel released this statement from Vitt this afternoon:
Statement from Saints Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt:
Information released by the NFL to the NFLPA yesterday resulted in the media inaccurately reporting that I was accused of pledging money to an incentive or a so called "bounty" program. The NFL never accused me of such conduct because I did not pledge any money for any incentive, pay for performance, bounty or any other alleged program in connection with any game, including the 2010 NFC Championship.
The Commissioner confirmed that there is no such allegation or suspicion in a conversation that we had today and the NFL has publicly sought to clarify that the document that has been mischaracterized was not intended to implicate me -- formally or informally. I reaffirmed my pledge to the Commissioner to be an agent for change in helping to find new ways and practices to make our game safer for all players. I look forward to continued conversations with the league on this matter.
Finally, it cannot be emphasized enough, none of our players, particularly those who are facing suspensions, ever crossed the white line with the intent to injure an opponent. I am proud of our players and stand behind them 100% and will do whatever I can to help restore their good names.