The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell has rejected the appeals of the four players he suspended for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal, as reported by ESPN.
Goodell told Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita that he retains "the inherent authority to reduce a suspension should facts be brought to my attention warranting the exercise of that discretion.
Goodell said "the record confirms that each of you was given multiple chances to meet with me to present your side of the story,"... "You are each still welcome to do so."
So nothing changes. Vilma will stay suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Smith will still miss four games. The Packers' Hargrove, eight games and the Brown's Fujita will serve three.
The NFLPA issued a statement shortly after the ruling:
"The players are disappointed with the League's conduct during this process..."
"We reiterate our concerns about the lack of fair due process, lack of integrity of the investigation and lack of the jurisdictional authority to impose discipline under the collective bargaining agreement... Moreover, the Commissioner took actions during this process that rendered it impossible for him to be an impartial arbitrator."