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Text Wednesday of the statement released by the NFL on penalties for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program:
Four players - Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma - were notified today that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program that endangered player safety over three seasons from 2009-2011. Participation by players in any such program is prohibited by the NFL constitution and bylaws, the standard NFL player contract, and the collective bargaining agreement.
The specific discipline was determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell after a thorough review of extensive evidence corroborated by multiple independent sources. Under Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement and the standard NFL player contract, a player is subject to discipline by the commissioner for conduct detri...
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Penalties issued Wednesday by the NFL to players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty program:
- Jonathan Vilma, linebacker: Suspended without pay for 2012 NFL season, effective immediately.
- Anthony Hargrove, defensive lineman (now with Green Bay): Suspended without pay for first eight games of 2012 regular season. May participate in offseason activity, including preseason...
Four players for the New Orleans Saints have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their roles in the team's bounty program that endangered player safety over three seasons.
Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the entire 2012 season, Scott Fujita for the first three games, Anthony Hargrove for the first eight games and Will Smith for...