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SmashMouth 06-04-2012 09:22 AM

NFL wins arbitration ruling in bounty case
An arbitrator has ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to discipline New Orleans Saints players for their role in a bounty system.
The NFL Players Association challenged Goodell's power to impose penalties for what the league says was a three-year bounty program that targeted specific players. Stephen Burbank, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, says Goodell has the power to punish the players under the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout.
Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season and teammate Will Smith for four games. Former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, now with Green Bay, was suspended for eight games, while linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, was docked three games.
Those players have appealed the suspensions.

Read more: NFL wins arbitration ruling in bounty case | Fox News

SmashMouth 06-04-2012 09:22 AM


FinSaint 06-04-2012 09:25 AM

So he has the authority, but does he have the justification (i.e. evidence) to do so?

CharityMike 06-04-2012 09:30 AM

Can't say he didn't try

papz 06-04-2012 09:59 AM

All this crap needs to just die already.

TheOak 06-04-2012 10:36 AM

When you have authority, you do not need justification. Not in this setting.

Goodells power was granted to him by the NFLPA, and the owners. The person to blame is DeMaurice Smith, who should have known better.

mutineer10 06-04-2012 12:36 PM

Back to the drawing board?

Rugby Saint II 06-04-2012 12:50 PM

It's looking more and more like we'll have to win the Superbowl to clean up our reputation.

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