Appeals made in NFL bounty case

Posted May 07, 2012 @ 12:44 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

All four players suspended last week by the NFL for their participation in the Saints' bounty scandal have filed appeals, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Saints LB Jonathan Vilma (full season suspension) and DE Will Smith (four games), along with Packers DE Anthony Hargrove (eight games) and Browns LB Scott Fujita (three games), all filed paperwork to the league office on Monday.

Vilma’s appeal is especially noteworthy, given its length. When the suspensions were announced, the NFL stated that the linebacker offered $10,000 to any of his teammates if they could injure either Cardinals QB Kurt Warner or Vikings QB Brett Favre during the 2009 playoffs. In his appeal, Vilma states the league has not presented substantial evidence for these claims and that it needs to provide documentation from witnesses.

According to the AP, Smith and Fujita argue in their appeals that Goodell is without jurisdiction either to discipline the players for the conduct alleged or to determine any appeals.