Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/18/14
The NFL Players Association asked former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Tuesday to prove that he is impartial enough to serve as the objective arbitrator in bounty punishment appeal hearings for Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent Anthony Hargrove. Tagliabue was appointed last week when commissioner Roger Goodell agreed to recuse himself from the appeals process in the Saints' bounty case The NFLPA has sent Tagliabue a letter, asking him to clarify his potential conflicts of interest in the issue, NFL.com reported, citing league and union sources. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan of New Orleans gave the NFLPA until 6 p.m. ET Wednesday to file motion to ask Tagliabue to recuse himself, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. ESPN reported the union is planning to meet that deadline. The basis for the objection includes Taglibue's employment at Covington and Burling, a law firm that represents the NFL in the bounty litiga...
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