Feb 3, 2011; Dallas, TX, USA; NFL players association executive director DeMaurice Smith during the NFL players association press conference at the Sheraton in downtown Dallas. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

NFLPA Responds To Bounty Punishment


NFL commissioner Roger Goodell re-issued suspensions handed down as a result of the bounty scandal despite the ability to hand down suspensions for a pay-to-injure program is well out of Goodell’s jurisdiction as commissioner. Goodell has no authority to hand out suspensions for Bountygate and the courts overruled his initial suspensions. Now, after his latest attempt to gain control and abuse his power, we are back at square one.

With Goodell re-issuing the suspensions, the drama is just beginning. The NFLPA has released a statement regarding the slightly modified suspensions handed down by the commish. The statement read:

“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.”

Wow, what a mouthful. It’s safe to say that the NFLPA will once again fight these suspensions and take the league to court — and they should. Goodell has abused his power and the NFLPA should explore any possible avenue to get the players what they deserve — the chance to play football in 2012.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

    “Goodell has abused his power and the NFLPA should explore any possible avenue to get the players what they deserve” – sounds like somebody has an opinion.

    • joshsanchez

      Well, there would be no reason to blog if we didn’t have opinions ;)

      • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

        Sounds like you think Goodell is guilty without having evidence to say so. You got a bias against Goodell and the NFL for their attempts to save football players? I bet you hate concussion tests as well and think Cushing’s injury wasn’t the result of a dirty play…

        • joshsanchez

          Cushing’s injury was definitely the result of a dirty play. I clearly stated that opinion in the post about his torn ACL.

          • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

            So you aren’t opposed to players getting suspended when there is evidence that they cheated? Good – the Commissioner will happily accept your apologise when the appeal is thrown out.

            The players biggest problem – they can’t prove the NFL wrong.

          • joshsanchez

            apples and oranges

  • http://www.facebook.com/GizzyDJ Chris Smith

    What has to be asked is this – why the constant delaying tactics? Up until this point all the players have done is tried to delay their suspensions. We have yet to see them actually defeat the proceedings. Reason being – they can’t. The moves we have seen have only been to delay the inevitable because the players cannot provide any proof to dispute the NFL’s evidence. If proof exists, the players need to make it public as the NFL has.