Of the four players who received renewed discipline for their involvement in the Saints’ alleged bounty program, only Saints defensive end Will Smith had no changes made to his penalty.
He initially was suspended four games, and he once again has been suspended four games. Understandably, he’s not happy about it.
“I remain frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character,” Smith said in a statement released to PFT. “Let me be clear– I never participated in a ‘pay-to-injure program,’ never took the field with intent to injure another player, and never contributed any money to hurt other players. It was my hope that those investigating would put their arrogance and agenda aside in order to comprehend the difference between a ‘pay-for-performance program’ and a ‘pay-to-injure program,’ but until that day, I will continue to pursue my appeal options through the NFLPA, and attempt to return to work for my family, teammates, fans and the city of New Orleans.”
Smith has the right to appeal the ruling of Commissioner Roger Goodell, to Commissioner Roger Goodell. If the appeal is affirmed, Smith likely will once again pursue a court order overturning the suspension.