Found April 02, 2012 on The Victory Formation:

Time to lawyer up. That’s the message from the Players Association to the New Orleans Saints that were named in the NFL’s investigation and were allegedly involved in the bounty program.

The Associated Press has stated the NFLPA has hired outside counsel as Commissioner Goodell weighs in on punishment for the 22-27 players that were involved in the scandal. The only player that has leaked to the media is linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Punishments for Sean Payton, Gregg Williams and Mickey Loomis have already been handed down.

The NFLPA is meeting with the league in New York, taking up the league’s offer on reviewing more evidence.

We had suggested several weeks ago that criminal charges may be filed. It is not unheard of for criminal charges to be sought in sports, and with their being bounties involved, a clear motive will be established if it heads to court. However while the NFL only needs the benefit of assumption and doesn’t need to have burden of proof to levy their punishments, a court will need slightly more evidence to make a decision. Of course, we do not know all the details of the NFL’s investigation, and something more might exist to help the prosecution in such a case.

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