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Bounty case closing in on a conclusion, maybe

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The bounty appeal hearings before former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue have concluded.  The testimony and evidence, we’re told, was eye-opening.  A ruling is expected next week.

That’s when Tagliabue will announce whether and to what extent he will uphold the suspensions imposed on Saints defensive end Will Smith (four games), Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (the remainder of the 2012 season), Browns linebacker Scott Fujita (one game), and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove (two games, served after he signs with a new team).

Per a source with knowledge of the proceedings, written briefs will be submitted to Tagliabue as soon as Friday.  More paperwork also will be filed with Judge Helen Berrigan, who will decide whether to suspend or overturn any suspensions imposed by the league.  If Tagliabue upholds the suspensions in full or in part, Judge Berrigan is expected to issue a prompt decision as to whether the suspensions will be tabled while a final decision on their validity is reached.

The source promises that PFT will have a “field day” with the transcripts from the Tagliabue hearings, which the parties have agreed to keep confidential until after Tagliabue issues a ruling.

So while it’s still not known when the finish line will be reached, we’re getting closer.  And things soon will get a lot more interesting.

Or, as the case may be, less uninteresting.

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20 Responses to “Bounty case closing in on a conclusion, maybe”
  1. KL0313 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:30 AM

    At this point, I couldn’t care less about the bounty issue. Just find a resolution and move forward.

  2. btrwhodat says: Dec 7, 2012 9:36 AM

    Tags will uphold the suspensions so the Judge can overturn, and then we get to enjoy this story all throughout the offseason…yay us!

  3. FinFan68 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:43 AM

    The only way it will be a “conclusion” is if Tags completely reverses the ruling(s) by Goodell. (NFL has no appeal recourse until the actual courts are used) Any “compromise” will be fought by the players. All Vilma has to do is continue his court challenge until the season is over. After that it does not matter since Goodell changed the suspension from X# of games to the rest of the 2012 season (assuming that report is even accurate)

  4. naturalkarma504 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:50 AM

    Goddell should be suspended for ruining this season and also for ruining the NFL in general. Soon we will be watching Flag Football on Sundays. Next thing you know the players will all be in bubbles like in the movie “Bubble Boy”. Not the kind of Game I want to see.

  5. macbull says: Dec 7, 2012 9:54 AM

    If one believes a former NFL commissioner, Paul Tagliabue, can give an unbiased ruling, then the Bounty case might be coming to an end.

    I don’t mean to be a pessimist…but I seriously doubt that a former NFL commissioner will rule in any way, but in full support of Roger Goodell’s Bounty Case judgements.

    But there is already a fly in the ointment, knowing that Greg Williams’ career is on the line if he does not testify in a certain way…and the man holding the hammer over Williams’ head is Roger Goodell.

    I hope I’m wrong…but wait and see..only one way Tags can rule on the Bounty Case, because he is directly tied to the NFL and Roger Goodell.

    jmho…mac

  6. cwwgk says: Dec 7, 2012 9:56 AM

    Get the violins out…

  7. mburkett1980 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:27 AM

    With New Orleans all but eliminated from the playoffs and both Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith likely to be cap casualties after this season, as a Saints fan, I honestly no longer care about any of this.

  8. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 7, 2012 10:39 AM

    As of right now, bounty = boredom. Get back to us when that isn’t the case.

  9. ziplock10 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    Forgot to type if players are fined and suspended for cheating (HGH), then owners should have the book thrown at them also.

    Fairplay?

  10. davekezer says: Dec 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    It’s getting to the point that I’d rather clean my cats’ litter box than read another article about the bounty case.

    It was interesting in that dead-zone between the draft and training camp, but when teams are in the playoff race, there’s simply not enough juice.

  11. saintsfan26 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:04 AM

    As a Saints fan, I don’t care about this anymore. But as an American, I do. These players deserve justice. They have been wrongfully accused of something they didn’t do and they deserve to have their good names cleared from the false allegations that Roger Goodell has so carelessy accused them of. I won’t be finished caring until Goodell loses the defamation case to Vilma and is forced to pay Vilma a large amount of money, and then forced to publicly apologize to Saints fans across the world for ruining our season for no reason.

  12. caliangel08 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:15 AM

    Goodell should resign , the process has gotten out of hand with him in charge which allowed all the drama to drag on and on ….

  13. webfut001 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:19 AM

    Most fans I’ve encountered across the nfl really don’t care if the allegations are true or not, but they are willing to side with the devil himself it it hurts the Saints and better their team’s chances of winning against the Saints. Noone I know wants to face the Saints at full strength, coach and all. They would rather that good men be falsely accused and their names soiled then play under fair conditions. Since they can’t rise up to the Saints level of play they would rather have goodell lower the Saints to their level.

  14. buffalo75vette says: Dec 7, 2012 11:20 AM

    As a Saints fan, I don’t care about this anymore. But as an American, I do. These players deserve justice. They have been wrongfully accused of something they didn’t do and they deserve to have their good names cleared from the false allegations that Roger Goodell has so carelessy accused them of. I won’t be finished caring until Goodell loses the defamation case to Vilma and is forced to pay Vilma a large amount of money, and then forced to publicly apologize to Saints fans across the world for ruining our season for no reason.

    And when it comes back as truth, then will you come back here and apologize , Cause most of us none saints fans think it’s true. They get what they deserve

  15. raidafan7 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:58 AM

    Goodell had two goals in this entire mess.
    1) Cover his behind regarding NFL lawsuits regarding player safety.
    2) Revenge against the Saints for not stopping the pay for performance system when warned. Saints knew this type of system was common in the NFL and didn’t take his threat seriously.

    Mission accomplished Roger, You proved you will do everything in your power regarding player safety and you destroyed the Saints season. Now take your win and end this mess before it blows up in your face.

  16. justintuckrule says: Dec 7, 2012 12:00 PM

    It will be dismissed on Friday afternoon at the end of the news cycle, gangnam style…I mean goodell style.

  17. jimrip says: Dec 7, 2012 12:24 PM

    “buffalo75vette says: Dec 7, 2012 11:20 AM
    And when it comes back as truth, then will you come back here and apologize , Cause most of us none saints fans think it’s true. They get what they deserve”

    100% of Saints fans have said all along that they would live with a fair and impartial ruling along with the full disclosure of all the evidence the NFL had.

    The real question is whether YOU will come back here and apologize once it is shown that the NFL (like you) over-reacted to what they perceived existed.

  18. jamomma says: Dec 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    Geez, the fans should sue the NFLPA, NFL, Vilma, Brees, and all other parties for emotional pain and suffering.

  19. lolo376 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:41 PM

    Regardless of what the conclusion is, I’m sure Vilma will try and take it to another court, then another, then another until someone finally decides to go his way and shut him up! If the coach knew, and def. coordinator started it, give it up already! Season is almost over already.

  20. 6thsense79 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:12 PM

    lolo376 says: Dec 7, 2012 4:41 PM

    Regardless of what the conclusion is, I’m sure Vilma will try and take it to another court, then another, then another until someone finally decides to go his way and shut him up! If the coach knew, and def. coordinator started it, give it up already! Season is almost over already.

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    So if Tags completely clears the players of all charges Vilma would protest? That’s one of many possible conclusions. He believes he was wronged and is willing to use every venue to show it. Or do you think only the NFL should doggedly pursue a case they think they’re right about like they did with the Starcaps case.

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