October 24, 2012 |
The NFL Players Assn. said it will file a motion Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans asking that Paul Tagliabue recuse himself from hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounty scandal. In a statement, the NFLPA said Tagliabue's involvement is a conflict of interest because the former NFL commissioner works for a law firm that has handled bounty-related matters for the league, and represented current Commissioner Roger Goodell in a defamation lawsuit by one of the four players, Jonathan Vilma.
October 21, 2012 |
Not all is well with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's appointment of predecessor Paul Tagliabue as the appeals officer in the Saints bounties case. According to one report, the players union might challenge the move. The reason? A conflict of interest. Tagliabue is working for the legal firm representing the NFL in a U.S. District Court case in New Orleans regarding the bounties program. Barry Wilner of the Associated Press reported that a source familiar with the matter said the NFLPA has concerns about "ethical and legal" concerns with Tagliabue hearing the appeals Oct. 30 for the four players who were suspended -- Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith.
October 19, 2012 |
Faced with player concerns about how fair he could be in handling the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Friday handed off that responsibility to predecessor Paul Tagliabue. Goodell notified the Saints and the players' union that he has appointed Tagliabue, the league's former commissioner, to be the hearing officer to "decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion. " The four players suspended in the scandal - Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Will Smith and Anthony Hargrove - had asked Goodell to recuse himself from hearing the appeals, as had the NFL Players Assn.
October 10, 2012 |
The NFL reissued suspensions Tuesday to four players accused of involvement in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Three of the four punishments were modified. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove was reduced from eight games to seven, with credit for five games served even though he's a free agent without a team. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games.
October 9, 2012 |
The NFL handed out modified suspensions Tuesday to four players involved in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program. Linebacker Scott Fujita, who now plays for Cleveland, saw his suspension reduced from three games to one. The suspension of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, now a free agent, was reduced from eight games to seven. There is no change to the suspension of Saints defensive lineman Will Smith, who is still banned for four games. And linebacker Jonathan Vilma is still out for the season, although the league says he can keep the pay he earned for his six weeks on the physically unable to perform list.
October 9, 2012 |
There they were Sunday night, during the televised NFL game, their pictures flashed to a nation of TV viewers, with penalties incurred listed below. They were three known New Orleans Saints evildoers. They might just as well have been on the wall of a post office: --Sean Payton, Saints head coach, suspended for the season. --Joe Vitt, Saints assistant coach, suspended for six games. --Gregg Williams, Saints defensive coordinator, suspended indefinitely. They were the core of the New Orleans bounty hunters, the men who un-Saintly created or allowed their players to pool money and award it to those who knocked key opponents out of games.
October 7, 2012 |
It's often said that good writers have to find their voice. If that's so, Samuel Clemens found his in Virginia City, Nev. While working for its local paper in the 1860s, he assumed the name by which he's best known: Mark Twain. Were he alive, Twain would still recognize this town 25 miles southeast of Reno; it hasn't changed much in the last 150 years. The bed Immerse yourself in local lore at the B Street Bed & Breakfast (58 N. B St.;  847-7231) Innkeeper Carolyn Eichin, a former professor of Nevada history, is a walking textbook of information on all things Virginia City and beyond.
September 18, 2012 |
The NFL presented Jonathan Vilma and his attorney with a sworn statement from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams saying the linebacker placed a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre. Vilma met with Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday in New York about his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted. Attorney Peter Ginsberg said they were given an affidavit at the meeting. "What Gregg Williams said in his most recent affidavit is the same falsity he has previously provided," Ginsberg said.