NFL Head Steps Aside In Saints Bounty Suspensions Appeal

Law360, New York (October 19, 2012, 6:51 PM EDT) -- National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell announced Friday he would recuse himself from hearing an appeal by four New Orleans Saints players seeking to overturn suspensions for allegedly participating in a bounty program that rewarded knocking out opponents, appointing predecessor Paul Tagliabue to handle the matter.

Goodell said he made the decision after consulting with National Football League Players Association Director DeMaurice Smith. The NFLPA has been critical of the suspensions, alleging in a statement earlier this month that Goodell and the league ignored facts and...
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