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Saints bounty scandal: Union says it will fight NFL suspensions

May 02, 2012|By Sam Farmer
  • New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, shown taking down Tampa Bay running back Kregg Lumpkin, has been suspended for a year for his role in the Saints bounty program.
New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, shown taking down Tampa Bay running… (Brian Blanco / Associated…)

The head of the NFL players' union said Wednesday that the NFLPA still has not received any details or specific evidence about the New Orleans Saints' "alleged pay-to-injure program" and that it will fight the suspensions of four sanctioned players.

“We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair,” said DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFLPA. “We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf.”

The NFLPA is in a difficult position, because it represents all NFL players, among them those who were allegedly targeted by the Saints.

The league on Wednesday suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season, Anthony Hargrove for eight games, Will Smith for four, and Scott Fujita for three. Hargrove now plays for the Packers and Fujita for the Browns. 

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