“Bounty” Players Appeal, Want Goodell to Recuse Himself
All four players involved in the alleged New Orleans Saints bounty scandal have filed an appeal in the latest punishment handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
In an interesting twist, the four players, Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove have asked that Goodell recuse himself from the arbitrator’s role, saying he cannot be impartial.
Goodell earlier this week reduced Fujita’s suspension to one game and Hargrove’s to seven games, but left Smith’s four game suspension and Vilma’s season-long ban intact.
Vilma, who spent the first six weeks on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list, says he plans to play in the Tampa Bay game on Oct. 21.