Bounty case takes center stage again tomorrow

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At a time when the bounty case has slipped from the middle of the NFL’s radar screen, have no fear.  It’s coming back.

Tomorrow.

On Wednesday, Special Master Stephen Burbank will take up the question of whether the Collective Bargaining Agreement diverts the entire process away from the desk of Commissioner Roger Goodell.  The players contend that, to the extent the penalties arise from alleged salary cap violations, Burbank has exclusive jurisdiction over the controversy.

The hearing will come two weeks to the day after arbitrator Shyam Das took up the question of whether the new CBA blocks Goodell from taking action against any player for alleged misconduct occurring before August 4, 2011.  Das also is considering the argument that, to the extent the penalties arise from on-field infractions, Ted Cottrell or Art Shell should handle the appeals.

It’s unknown when Burbank will issue a ruling.  He heard the Cowboys/Redskins salary cap grievance on May 11, and he issued a ruling 11 days later.  Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there has been no indication from Das as to when a ruling on the other grievance will be coming.

Hanging in the balance are suspensions that Goodell has imposed on four players:  Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (one season), Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove (eight games), Saints defensive end Will Smith (four games), and browns linebacker Scott Fujita (two games).  Fujita and Hargrove personally attended the May 16 hearing before Das.

12 responses to “Bounty case takes center stage again tomorrow

  1. let them all play, bring the coaches back to coach and let the season get started. It’s football for gosh sakes, if they hit a guy hard enough to take him out of the game. you send the next guy in and play. this so called BOUNTY thing is the most overrated time consuming nothing story ever embellished.

  2. I watch football because it’s the last thing left that resembels gladiators(real men fighting to survive). I will not watch flag football, or anything close, if it comes to that. I believe I speak for most fans.

  3. I’m tired of this from New Orleans. You blame the other players, Roger Goodell, “flag football”. You blame everyone except yourselves, time to man up New Orleans and accept responsibility, because WHEN it comes to light the proof of what you did you’ll have no choice. Stop making excuses.

  4. @nathan70nelson –
    You’re a fool, bring it to the light, what’s the hold up? Could it be, the NFL don’t have the goods? Stop making excuses?? Stop your Goddell slurping, and act like a man, and not follower, could ya please?

  5. I think Vila is guilty. His defense of never paying a dime is because no one took out favre. If someone hires a hit man and the hit never takes place, it is still illegal to hire the hit man.

  6. What has been the motive for Goddell to show his hand is the better question. A smart man plays it close to the vest and waits for his chance to pounce. This will be much the same. That is if the judge will even rule on it….

  7. djstat says:
    May 29, 2012 10:37 PM
    I think Vila is guilty. His defense of never paying a dime is because no one took out favre. If someone hires a hit man and the hit never takes place, it is still illegal to hire the hit man.

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    That is not his defense, but i guess it is easy to make up stuff when you don’t actual read what he is claiming innocence from. He said he never offered money to injure either. e.g., He never hired the “hit man”.

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