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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has appointed his predecessor, Paul Tagliabue, to hear the appeals of four players suspended in the Saints bounties scandal.
Goodell says Friday that he notified Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove, as well as the players' union, that Tagliabue would be the hearing officer to ''decide the appeals and bring the matter to a prompt and fair conclusion.''
The union and the four players had asked Goodell to recuse himself, contending he could not fairly rule. Their second set of appeals is expected to be heard Tuesday.
Vilma was suspended for the 2012 season and Smith was banned four games for his role in the bounties program. Fujita, now with the Browns, was barred three games, since reduced to one. Hargrove, a free agent, had his suspension reduced from eight games to seven.
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Tweet Per NFLPA executive Director DeMaurice Smith, Roger Goodell has stepped down as NFL commissioner and will be replaced by former commish Paul Tagliabue: I have been in touch with Roger. He has formally notified me that he will recused himself. Paul Tagliabue will step in. — DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 19, 2012 Goodell has fallen [...]
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NFL PA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith tweets that he talked to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. WHAT?
I have been in touch with Roger. He has formally notified me that he will recused himself. Paul Tagliabue will step in.
— DeMaurice Smith (@DeSmithNFLPA) October 19...
The players' union opposes former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case.
In a statement Wednesday, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest.
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