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Nfl Reaffirms Player Suspensions In Saints' Bounty Case


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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reaffirmed the suspensions Tuesday he originally issued on the four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program.

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma remains suspended for the season but will retain the salary he received while on the physically unable to perform list. Defensive end Will Smith remains suspended for four games.

Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita's suspension was reduced from three games to one. Free agent defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove suspended for seven games, reduced from eight games. But he will only serve a two-game suspension if signed by a club after receiving credit for the five games he already has missed.

The NFL Players Association said it would consider its options after looking closely at the punishments.

"For more than six months, the NFL has ignored the facts, abused the process outlined in our collective bargaining agreement and failed to produce evidence that the players intended to injure anyone, ever," the NFLPA wrote in a release. "The only evidence that exists is the League's gross violation of fair due process, transparency and impartiality during this process. Truth and fairness have been the casualties of the league's refusal to admit that it might have made a mistake.

"We will review this decision thoroughly and review all options to protect our players' rights with vigilance."

Goodell's original suspensions to the players were overturned on appeal last month, immediately reinstating the players' eligibility for the 2012 season.

"In my recent meetings with the players and their counsel, the players addressed the allegations and had an opportunity to tell their side of the story," Goodell wrote to NFL teams in a memorandum, according to the release. "In those meetings, the players confirmed many of the key facts disclosed in our investigation, most particularly that the program offered cash rewards for 'cart-offs,' that players were encouraged to 'crank up the John Deere tractor' and have their opponents carted off the field, and that rewards were offered and paid for plays that resulted in opposing players having to leave the field of play."

The league-imposed suspensions were issued after the NFL determined the players violated Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement for "conduct detrimental to the integrity and public confidence in the NFL."

Fujita has played in three games for the Cleveland Browns, and Smith has appeared in five games with the Saints.

Vilma hasn't played for the Saints this season because of a knee injury, and Hargrove remains a free agent after being released by the Green Bay Packers in August.

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trust me.all these cry babies will appeal and take it court..why cant they accept they got busted!!3

P.S. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I CANT START NEW TOPICS? I KNOW IM NEW BUT DANG!!

It takes 100 posts before you can start a threat. It took me a little while too. I think the reason for this is to stop banned members keep coming back and starting threads over and over.

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trust me.all these cry babies will appeal and take it court..why cant they accept they got busted!!3

P.S. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY I CANT START NEW TOPICS? I KNOW IM NEW BUT DANG!!

Got to pay your dues, kid. This is the big leagues of football message boarding. Just keep holding that clipboard and be ready when you finally get your shot.

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