New Orleans Saints Players Must Accept Suspensions at Once, for Good of the Team

October 10, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell reissued suspensions for the four players allegedly involved in the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-performance bounty program from 2009 to 2011. In a league that’s defined by parity, Goodell’s ruling Tuesday shows anything but equal footing.
Just last month an appeals panel temporarily overturned Goodell’s original May decision to suspend Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove for their part in a Saints bounty program. But that injunction was short-lived, and even though Goodell altered the terms of their suspensions in some cases, his decision still remained firm and harsh.
Vilma and Smith—both still with the Saints—got little relief. Once Vilma comes off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) List he’ll be suspended for the duration of the season. He will get to keep the salary that he earned while on the PUP list.
Smith’s suspension was not altered at all. He will begin ...

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