Goodell Re-Issues Bounty Discipline
Today’s discipline comes 31 days after an appeals panel vacated the punishment of all 4 players, noting that Goodell wasn’t clear as to whether his punishments were because of “conduct detrimental to the league” or a “salary cap violation.”
Today’s news hardly means an end to the “bountygate” mess, as all 4 players have the right to appeal.
[UPDATE] – Goodell has reduced the suspension of Scott Fujita (currently with the Cleveland Browns) from 3 games to 1, and reduced the suspension of free agent defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove from 8 games to 7.
Vilma and Smith’s suspensions remain intact. Vilma was suspended for the entire season, while Smith is suspended 4 games.
All 4 players have 72 hours to appeal. In the event of an appeal, all 4 player suspensions would be temporarily lifted.