If you think the drama surrounding the Saints bounty penalties is going to die down anytime soon, think again.
The NFLPA released the following statement, moments after the NFL released Roger Goodell’s slight changes to the punishments of four players:
“For more than six months, the NFL has ignored the facts, abused the process outlined in our collective bargaining agreement and failed to produce evidence that the players intended to injure anyone, ever. The only evidence that exists is the League’s gross violation of fair due process, transparency and impartiality during this process. Truth and fairness have been the casualties of the league’s refusal to admit that it might have made a mistake.
“We will review this decision thoroughly and review all options to protect our players’ rights with vigilance.”
This is going to get uglier, and more billable hours will be racked up, before it gets better.