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Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

Vilma’s lawyer says NFL’s process “has had no decency”

profootballtalk.com ESPN.com Updated Oct 9, 2012
The Commissioner’s re-issued bounty discipline resulted in, as a practical matter, a $564,000 gift to Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, given that his one-year ban has been reduced to 10 games without pay, following the completion of his six-week stint
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  • Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    Hall of Fame gets Brees' record-setting football

    ESPN.com nytimes.com Oct 9, 2012
    The Pro Football Hall of Fame has received the football Drew Brees threw to eclipsed Hall of Fame quarterback Johnny Unitas' record of 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
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  • Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL inves…

    Will Smith complains about “arrogance and agenda” of NFL investigators

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Of the four players who received renewed discipline for their involvement in the Saints’ alleged bounty program, only Saints defensive end Will Smith had no changes made to his penalty. He initially was suspended four games, and he once again has been s
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  • Opinion: New Orleans Saints punishments still too severe, but a…

    Opinion: New Orleans Saints punishments still too severe, but at least NFL being open with its evidence

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    There's no debating that Saints' crimes existed -- only whether punishment fits the crime
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  • Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Wri…

    Roger Goodell Reinstates Saints Bounty Program Suspensions, Writes Prickish Letters To Those Involved

    deadspin.com Oct 9, 2012
    Roger Goodell, having tripped all over his dick as regards the Saints' bounty program, is back to swinging the stupid thing in our faces again. Today, he reinstated the suspensions of all four players, although three of them were given more lenient puni…
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  • Goodell: Saints targeted Panthers in 2010

    Goodell: Saints targeted Panthers in 2010

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    In a memo to all 32 NFL teams announcing the revised punishment from the alleged three-year bounty program run by the New Orleans Saints, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell revealed a significant detail about a 2010 game with Carolina. In a previous memo, G…
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  • NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    NFLPA fires back after bounty discipline announcement

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    If you think the drama surrounding the Saints bounty penalties is going to die down anytime soon, think again. The NFLPA released the following statement, moments after the NFL released Roger Goodell’s slight changes to the punishments of four players:
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  • NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    NFL cuts Fujita’s suspension, will allow Vilma to get paid

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has altered the suspensions of three of the four players who were disciplined as a result of the league’s investigation into the Saints’ bounty program. The player who got the best result was Browns linebacker Scott Fuji
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  • Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums…

    Outside the Game: Kyle Turley hopes to get back to NFL stadiums - this time, with his band

    yahoo.com Oct 9, 2012
    As a football player, offensive lineman Kyle Turley was best-known for one incident. When Turley's Saints played the New York Jets at the Superdome in November of 2011, there was a play in which Jets defensive player Damien Robinson was trying to twist …
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  • NFL reduces many original penalties for players connected to Ne…

    NFL reduces many original penalties for players connected to New Orleans Saints bounty scandal

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Jonathan Vilma suspended for remainder of the season
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  • Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own words

    Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own words

    ESPN.com Oct 9, 2012
    Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
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  • NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    NFL re-issues bounty discipline

    profootballtalk.com Oct 9, 2012
    Four weeks and three days after an internal appeals panel vacated suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, Saints defensive end Will Smith, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove, the league has re-…
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  • New Super Bowl book will interest New Orleans Saints fans

    New Super Bowl book will interest New Orleans Saints fans

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Veteran NFL writer Bob McGinn says Saints were aggressors in Super Bowl XLIV
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  • New Orleans Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer from Monday's pre…

    New Orleans Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer from Monday's press conference: replay

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Aaron Kromer goes over the Saints' plan for the bye week
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  • New Orleans Saints chat with beat writer Nakia Hogan at noon

    New Orleans Saints chat with beat writer Nakia Hogan at noon

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Join New Orleans Saints beat writer Nakia Hogan for a chat, as the Saints settle into their bye week following Sunday's 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers. The chat will begin at noon, and it will continue for about...
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  • New Orleans Saints finally produce a pass rush, even when they …

    New Orleans Saints finally produce a pass rush, even when they weren't blitzing: Film study

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Saints blitzed on 13 of the Chargers' 51 drop-backs in 31-24 victory
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  • Drew Brees one of three finalists for FedEx Air Player of the W…

    Drew Brees one of three finalists for FedEx Air Player of the Week

    nola.com Oct 9, 2012
    Drew Brees' record-breaking performance has him up for weekly honor
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  • Video - Countdown Daily Insight: Record-Breaking Brees 02:14

    Countdown Daily Insight: Record-Breaking Brees

    Oct 9
    Prim Siripipat and Eric Allen break down Drew Brees' performance on Sunday and talk about the Saints' season outlook
  • Video - Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty 04:50

    Goodell Upholds Vilma Penalty

    Oct 9
    Roger Goodell has reduced the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.
  • Video - NFL Live OT: Saints' Suspensions 03:10

    NFL Live OT: Saints' Suspensions

    Oct 9
    NFL Live OT on Roger Goodell reducing the bounty-related suspensions of two players while upholding the punishment of two others.

Sports Columnists

  • Peter King: Unless he plays smarter, RGIII will lose to Luck in long-term;…

    Oct 9
    "I read your story,'' Robert Griffin III told me the night of the NFL Draft in New York. "Interesting."
  • Suspended New Orleans Saints snared by own words

    Oct 9
    Roger Goodell used the suspended Saints' own words against them in the bounty case, writes Jeffri Chadiha.
  • Don Banks: In Newton's regression, shades of another recent fall from grac…

    Oct 9
    The comparison grows a little more obvious and well-defined as the weeks pass, and so do the concerns. When you watch the early-season struggles of last year's rookie sensation quarterback, Carolina's Cam Newton, it's hard to fight the feeling that perh…
  • Jim Trotter: Awards Watch: Week 5

    Oct 9
    The pulse of the NFL season changes weekly. Every Tuesday, SI.com will break down the front-runners for the major NFL awards.