Found September 07, 2012 on
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At last, the war between the players and the league is over. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated broke news this afternoon that all players involved in the NewOrleans Saints bounty scandal have had their suspensions overturned by a three member panel.
BREAKING: A 3-member appeals panel has overturned the player suspensions in the Saints bounty case, says a source. Details coming.
— Jim Trotter (@SI_JimTrotter) September 7, 2012
The ruling came after days of deliberation for Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita. All suspensions were overturned and those players will be eligible for a week one return to their respective teams.
The panel determined that Roger Goodell can reconsider discipline only if there is evidence of intent to injure beyond just a performance pool. In laymans terms, they can still be held to their suspensions if, and only if, Roger Goodell can prove that there was an intent to injure another player that went beyond the scope of a bounty pool.
The news came across shocking to most, and Jonathan Vilma couldn’t be happier. He tweeted “Victory is mine!!! – Stewie Griffin”
All players will be able to line up on Sunday.
The suspensions were not overturned for Saints Coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt or for General Manager Mickey Loomis. They will remain suspended.
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If you thought that Jonathan Vilma was excited after winning his appeal against the NFL, all you needed to do was check Twitter to confirm it:
(Courtesy of Off The Bench)
This, I did not see coming. Will Smith and Jonathan Vilma both have come off suspension as a three person judge panel ruled to overturn their sanctions. That means Scott Fujita will play for the Browns this weekend, Vilma could play but won't because his knee his injured - so he'll be on the PUP list but present at the game, Will Smith will suit up for the Saints, and Anthony...
The suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and three other players in the NFL's bounty investigation were lifted Friday by a three-member appeals panel and the league reinstated those players a few minutes later.
The panel said Commissioner Roger Goodell did not have jurisdiction to hear the players' appeals of their punishment for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty program...
Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith are back.It should be interesting to see what happens now.Smith, a defensive end, should not have much of a problem. He was allowed to practice with the team, and should know the defense quite well. He is also a strong all-around end, having been used in both a 3-4 and 4-3. Smith will be a big asset for the Saints as the face rookie QB sensation...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist Jonathan Vilma probably declared victory a bit too quickly, though you have to like how he went about it. Quoting a character out of the cartoon ''Family Guy'' seemed appropriate, if only because there is something a bit cartoonish about the whole NFL bounty scandal.
Roger Goodell was supposed to be the superhero...
The suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, and Will Smith have been wiped off the books for now, thanks to a three-person appeals panel.
Leave it to Vilma to quote "Family Guy" on his Twitter feed:
"Victory is mine!!!! -stewie griffin"
The panel believes that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell overstepped his...
In a shocking turn of events in the ongoing New Orleans Saints Bountygate saga, a three-member arbitration panel has lifted the suspensions of four players who allegedly sought to injure opponents for cash payments from 2009-2011.
Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove (free agent) and Scott Fujita (Cleveland Browns) are now permitted to return to their respective teams...
A collective bargaining agreement appeals panel overturned the NFL's suspensions of four players involved in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" program.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can still suspend the players if he proves there was intent to injure. The four players are eligible to play this Sunday.
"Consistent with the panel's decision, Commissioner...
All four players associated with the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal had their suspensions unanimously overturned Friday by a three-man arbitration panel, and are eligible to play this weekend, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. While Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove can now suit up with their respective NFL teams, they may still subjected to suspensions...
A three-man arbitration panel called for the lifting of suspensions for the four former and current New Orleans Saints’ players accused in the alleged bounty scandal Friday afternoon. The league reinstated those players soon thereafter.As a result, all four players are eligible to play this weekend, and thus have not missed any regular season games.The players affected are Saints...
Roger is not going to be happy about this
In a shocking turn of events the player suspensions that resulted from the Saints’ ” Bountygate” scandal were overturned on Friday afternoon by a three man arbitration panel. Because of this Saints’ defensive end Will Smith and middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma, as well as Browns’ linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive...
The suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove has been placed on hold. Friday a three man panel lifted the suspensions and the NFL reinstated the players, making them eligible to play in Week 1.
The suspensions aren’t voided, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can still impose a penalty that could result in the players being suspended or fine.