Arbitrator Rules Against NFLPA in “Bounty” Suspensions

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An arbitrator ruled on Monday against the NFL Players Association in their appeal on suspensions handed out in connection with an alleged “bounty” program initiated by the New Orleans Saints.

According to a report on the league’s website,, the arbitrator, Stephen Burbank, ruled that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was within his authority to rule on the matter based on language in the league’s contract with players that was collective bargained.

According to the report, Burbank ruled that Goodell had authority to suspend players for behavior deemed, “conduct detrimental” to the league.

Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, then a member of the New Orleans Saints, is one of the players suspended by the league in connection with the “bounty” program.

Fujita was suspended for three games without pay. The suspension will cost Fujita $645,000.

Other players suspended include current Saints Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season, and Will Smith, four games. As well as former Saints defensive end Anthony Hargrove, who received an eight game suspension.

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