Re-issued bounty discipline likely coming this week

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On Friday, an internal appeals panel provided Commissioner Roger Goodell with the blueprint for re-issuing discipline against the four players whose bounty suspensions were vacated last month.  Now that the proverbial ball has been teed up, look for Goodell to discipline the players again this week.

Or, as to some of the players, to not discipline them.  Friday’s ruling draws a fine line between conduct detrimental to the team and salary cap violations for receiving or paying money for big plays and big hits.  As we’ve explained (and thus won’t bore you again with the details), if the punishment has any connection to money, it falls beyond Commissioner Roger Goodell’s jurisdiction.  And given that the finding of conduct detrimental for the team arose from the league’s bounty rule, which is premised on money being paid for the infliction of injury, that may not be easy to accomplish.

That said, the NFL possibly will rely upon the word “offer” from its bounty rule, which in the league’s opinion technically doesn’t involve the payment of money.

So maybe Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Saints defensive end Will Smith ultimately will avoid discipline.  Or maybe they won’t.  Either way, they and we should find out at some point this week.

12 responses to “Re-issued bounty discipline likely coming this week

  1. “Either way, they and we should find out at some point this week.”

    LOL! Yeah, I think that’s wishful thinking. If you think this is going to ‘ultimately” end this week, then you haven’t been paying attention.

  2. He swung and missed the first time. It’s time for him to admit he was wrong and let all who are and were suspended off. Admitted you’re wrong roger and move on.

  3. Goodell just needs to name all the players involved and get the names right. Remi Ayadole should have been included in that report, along with Darren Sharper. Smith definitely committed the dirty deed and should be suspended. And Jonathan Vilma should just take the punishment like a man instead of bullying reporters for reporting facts in the ongoing story.

  4. I don’t think this is going to end anytime soon, and by that I mean, I don’t think this will end this football season. And, based on the problems the saints are having on defense, I’m betting that by the time this is resolve neither smith or vilma will even be on the saints roster.

  5. Roger the dodger, will screw this up as well.
    If he has additional top management, what the hell have they been doing?
    You need more then PR hacks. How about someone with some common sense?

  6. “Smith definitely committed the dirty deed and should be suspended. And Jonathan Vilma should just take the punishment like a man instead of bullying reporters for reporting facts in the ongoing story.”

    Wow, someone else who THINKS he knows what happened just by sitting in his house and watching ESPN.

  7. Scott Fujita has an indefinite suspension. Anymore would be cruel and unusual punishment.

    Having to play for the Cleveland Browns is punishment enough.

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