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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; NFLPA has responded: Via PFT's Florio "Predictably (given the inability of the NFL and NFLPA to agree on anything right now), Smith disagrees with Goodell’s contention. “At no point did I reach some sort of agreement with Mr. Goodell that, ...

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Old 08-17-2012, 01:44 PM   #11
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Re: NFL files evidence backing Goodell in Saints bounty case

NFLPA has responded:

Via PFT's Florio

"Predictably (given the inability of the NFL and NFLPA to agree on anything right now), Smith disagrees with Goodell’s contention. “At no point did I reach some sort of agreement with Mr. Goodell that, in exchange for delaying the NFL’s imposition of discipline on players, the NFLPA would conduct its own investigation and share the results of that investigation with the NFL,” Smith said in a sworn statement filed with the court on Friday, a copy of which PFT has obtained.

Smith also takes advantage of the opportunity to fire another shot at the league’s overall process.

“I stressed to Mr. Goodell that it was important for the accused players and the NFLPA to have access to the League’s information, and that the information be presented so that the accused players could respond before any punishment was imposed,” Smith said. “Finally, I emphasized that transparency was important, so that if there were clear evidence of a pay-to-injure program, the NFLPA could work with the NFL to stop such behavior and ensure it never happens again. The cooperation and transparency that I requested, and that I firmly believed was in the best interest of all parties, was not provided and to date, it has never been provided.”

Taking it all one level higher, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita executed an affidavit in which he directly disputes the claim that Goodell was ready to discipline the players as of March 21. Fujita testifies that he called Goodell on “approximately” March 20, because Fujita was “disturbed that my name had been leaked in media reports concerning the NFL’s investigation.” Fujita then testifies that, during the call, “Goodell told me he would be coming down hard with punishments on the Saints coaches, but that with respect to Saints players, he was not quite sure what he had on them, and that player punishments therefore would take some time.”

In other words, the NFLPA believes that Goodell’s sworn statement was unintentionally inaccurate, at best."

Smith, Fujita dispute Goodell’s sworn statement on March 21 issue | ProFootballTalk



In the NFL's submission to the judge yesterday, Goodell states that AFTER he sent the letter on 3/14 to the NFLPA to deny the request to delay the punishments... he and Smith talked on the phone a few days later to agree to delay the punishments.

Smith is essentially denying that this supposed "phone call" happened. I knew that would happend......
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:18 PM   #12
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Re: NFL files evidence backing Goodell in Saints bounty case

Originally Posted by iWho_Dat View Post
I'm tired of all this bounty talk. It's really starting to piss me off every time I come on here there's something about bounties. Hell I wanna read about how our DB's are giving our receivers problems. About how our D line is making our O line work for protecting their QB. to hell with all this bounty stuff. Of the NFL is THAT confident send GODell to the stand and get it the fu*k over with!!! Sorry had to go off... WHODAT!
Right, but you do realize this has everything in the world to do with two of our players missing games, right? That one of them is for the entire year, right?

Okay, just making sure. You don't have to read those stories. I don't read every story on here. Read the stories that interest you.
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Old 08-17-2012, 06:59 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Tobias-Reiper View Post
I am no lawyer, but as I understand it:
Goddell made statements about the players when he issued punishment for the coaches in March, such as "they embraced [the bounty [program]", and named Vilma and Smith as the leaders. But then, he made statements in April about how the investigation was still on-going and he was still considering evidence to arrive at a decision on what the punishments should be. If he indeed had made up his mind in March and was ready to hand out punishments in March before the investigation was concluded in late April, it shows that he had a prejudice against the players, and therefore was not an impartial arbitrator either on handing out original punishments, or the appeals. It also enforces Vilma's claims of defamation, as any statement made before the investigation was concluded would be considered slanderous.
Hmm... Well now it at least makes some sense to me. It just seems like the focus has shifted more toward this matter than the original reason of the lawsuit. I can see now how this might help the players, but I am also curious as to what the judge thinks of the so-called evidence provided by the NFL about the bounties, and not just some letter asking for a delay.
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...but I am also curious as to what the judge thinks of the so-called evidence provided by the NFL about the bounties, and not just some letter asking for a delay.
If I remember correctly, she said the evidence is "borderline ridiculous".
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Goodall is simply an ass hat
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Originally Posted by iWho_Dat View Post
I'm tired of all this bounty talk. It's really starting to piss me off every time I come on here there's something about bounties. Hell I wanna read about how our DB's are giving our receivers problems. About how our D line is making our O line work for protecting their QB. to hell with all this bounty stuff. Of the NFL is THAT confident send GODell to the stand and get it the fu*k over with!!! Sorry had to go off... WHODAT!
This is what Roger is banking on, or at least WAS banking on. I absolutely believe he thought he could hammer the Saints, that there would be an outcry of injustice, and that people would eventually just move past it once Football started - that we would be distracted. With this as his plan, he figured he could lower the boom on us, attempting to show the world that the NFL truly cares about player safety, and ultimately suffer no consequences because we'd be pacified with the game soon enough.

It hasn't worked out that way, and I'm proud of everyone who chose not to give in. This, in my humble opinion, is a serious (and I do mean serious) injustice, and violation of his required fairness, and a deplorable violation of his office. It is an abuse of power if there was ever such a thing. He has leveraged the office he holds against the people he is supposed to oversee in a fair and impartial way, and his motivation is money. Period.

Thankfully, Vilma saw this from the beginning and has chosen to stick his neck out to expose Roger and his agenda, and so far so good. A man simply cannot be allowed to behave as Roger has...not in America. A man cannot be allowed to get it SO WRONG, on PURPOSE, and destroy another man's career and reputation.

No. I say keep the bounty stories coming. Attack Roger from every conceivable angle until justice is done. Vilma, and for that matter every other player in the league, because they are equally at risk, should fight Roger all the way to a strike if necessary, and us fans should be willing to tolerate it in the interest of removing Roger from power. Some things are just right or wrong. This is wrong. It's WAY wrong, and I'm not willing to watch Roger destroy another man because he wants to influence the public and a jury.

Nope. Roger can go to hell. Whatever it takes. As long as it takes. Collateral damage be damned unfortunately, even if that were to mean missing out on some football for a while.
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If I remember correctly, she said the evidence is "borderline ridiculous".
Well I hope she said that. Because she would be quite right.
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Goodell is an ass wipe!
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What's really a headscratcher is this...

By stating that he was ready to hand down the hammer in March and obliged D Smith to wait till later, he still stating he had his mind made up; one of contentions of the Vilma Camp is that because his mind was made up then, he could not act impartially should Mr. Vilma and his counsel raise valid scrutiny of the evidence presented to Jon Vilma at his kangaroo Court...
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Originally Posted by jeanpierre View Post
What's really a headscratcher is this...

By stating that he was ready to hand down the hammer in March and obliged D Smith to wait till later, he still stating he had his mind made up; one of contentions of the Vilma Camp is that because his mind was made up then, he could not act impartially should Mr. Vilma and his counsel raise valid scrutiny of the evidence presented to Jon Vilma at his kangaroo Court...
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