New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle on Tuesday fired off an angry tweet in response to comments made by San Francisco 49ers safety Donte Whitner about the Saints’ bounty scandal.
In his praise of 49ers Defensive Coordinator Vic Fangio, Whitner criticized the Saints defensive line and former Saints Defense Coordinator Gregg Williams, who has been suspended by the NFL. Whitner said that the bounty scandal happened because the Saints did not “have the right type of guys.”
“If you have the right type of guys in that room, you don’t have to set bounties or pay money for guys to play physical and play hard,” Whitner told the Mercury News. “It’s going to come naturally. That’s the type of guys we have on our defense. That’s why we don’t have to do those type of things.”
The comment infuriated Shanle.
“[G]uy 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,” Shanle tweeted.
Shanle has been with the Saints since 2006, the season following Hurricane Katrina.
It was Whitner’s hit that knocked running back Pierre Thomas out of the game and forced a fumble during the NFC divisional round play-off game back in January.
The Saints play the 49ers at home in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 25.