Found May 04, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance against the league challenging suspensions handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell in the New Orleans Saints "bounty" case, NFL.com reported Friday. Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season for his role in the bounty scandal. Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith also were suspended. Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, got three games. Smith was suspended for four, and Hargrove (Green Bay Packers) got eight games for their actions while with the Saints. The NFLPA contends that the punishments issued to the players circumvented procedural requirements of the collective bargaining agreement, including limits on Goodell's authority. The league has maintained that the ultimate decision on any discipline rests with Goodell. The NFLPA wants the matter resolved through system arbitration. The union reportedly intends to argue that much of what was uncovered in the bounty investigation is not subject to disciplinary action because part of the collective bargaining agreement signed last summer stipulates that the league agrees to overlook any conduct matters from prior to last Aug. 4.
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