Originally posted on MyTeamRivals.com  |  Last updated 9/8/12
The four NFL players who were suspended for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints Bountygate incident have had their appeals granted and are now free to play. A three-person arbitration panel overturned their suspensions on Sept. 7 and they can rejoin their teams immediately. The players are Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, and Scott Fujita. However, NFL.com reports that the players could still face suspensions if league commissioner Roger Goodell can prove they intended to injure fellow players. The Saints were accused of utilizing a system which saw players paid a cash reward if they knocked opponents out of games or injured them. The players and club deny the charges, but Goodell still handed out the suspensions several months ago. While the four players are allowed to return to their respective teams, New Orleans coach Sean Payton and his assistant Joe Vitt are still banned as is former Saints’ assistant Gregg Williams. Payton has been kicked out for the e...
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