On Friday afternoon, players who were suspended as part of the fallout from the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation received a huge personal victory. But while the players were reinstated by the league and are currently eligible to play in game one, it could be short lived joy for the players.
The NFL sent out an internal memo to teams Friday night which gave every indication that the league will once pursue the same suspensions which were just lifted. NFL general counsel Jeff Pash made it very clear that the league still felt the suspended players participated in wrongdoing and that they must be held accountable.
Here is a copy of the memo sent out to teams by Pash:
“Nothing in today’s decision contradicts any of the facts found in the investigation into this matter, or absolves any player of responsibility for conduct detrimental. Nor does the decision in any way suggest what discipline would be appropriate for conduct that lies within the authority of the Commissioner. Per the panel’s direction, the Commissioner will promptly reconsider the matter and make a determination of the appropriate discipline consistent with the standards set forth in today’s decision. All clubs will be advised when that decision is made.”
As it looks now, Goodell will take week one to gather all the information he needs to once again suspend the select players for an incredibly unfair amount of time. It was a big win for the players early Friday but it will likely only be temporary. Dictator Goodell is ready to flex his muscles again.