NFL statement on Saints player suspensions
Text Wednesday of the statement released by the NFL on penalties for players involved in the New Orleans Saints‘ pay-for-performance/bounty program:
Four players — Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma — were notified today that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans Saints’ pay-for-performance/bounty program that endangered player safety over three seasons from 2009-2011. Participation by players in any such program is prohibited by the NFL constitution and bylaws, the standard NFL player contract, and the collective bargaining agreement.
The specific discipline was determined by Commissioner Roger Goodell after a thorough review of extensive evidence corroborated by multiple independent sources. Under Article 46 of the collective bargaining agreement and the standard NFL player contract, a player is subject to discipline by the commissioner for conduct detrimental to the integrity of and public confidence in the NFL. The discipline imposed today for such detrimental conduct is as follows:
Read more and see suspensions at SI