NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell Lowers Bounty-Related Suspensions Of Two Players, Upholds The Other Two Suspensions
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has reduced the punishments for the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal for two players while upholding the punishments for the other two.
Linebacker Scott Fujita’s suspension has been reduced to one game from three games and defensive end Anthony Hargrove’s suspension is now seven games from eight games. Defensive end Will Smith’s four game suspension and Jonathan Vilma’s season long suspension will remain the same.
Vilma is currently on the physically unable to perform list and won’t be eligible to play this season but will be able to keep the money that he has been paid so far while on the list.
The NFL Players Association said in a statement that they will review this decision thoroughly and review all options to protect their players rights with vigilance.
The four players have 72 hours to start the appeals process. Roger Goodell will appoint the person who will hear the appeal. The last time the appeal was put in, Goodell chose to hear the appeal.