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Old 02.05.2012, 04:17 PM
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Default 'BountyGate' player suspensions.

Scott Fujita suspended three games, Anthony Hargrove suspended eight games, Will Smith suspended four games, Jonathan Vilma suspended 1year.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d..._breaking_news
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The word was Vilmas punishment was going to be a severe one and so it's proved. That may well be him done as a force in the NFL.
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It'll be interesting to see exactly what comes to light about the players, clearly Vilma is suspended for being the organiser, but what about the rest? Did they help organise? Were they the ones delivering the late hits and attempting to injure the opposing players?
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Shame too about Vilma, by the way, he's been a top player and respected figure throughout his career.
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Wonder if they get reduced on appeal because we all know that is coming next!
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Did Hargrove sign with the Packers as a free agent or trade, as I take it GB can void the contract if they want
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Did Hargrove sign with the Packers as a free agent or trade, as I take it GB can void the contract if they want
Free Agent i think? Guess they would just cut him, if the ban is upheld? Think it was only a year contract he signed?
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Shame too about Vilma, by the way, he's been a top player and respected figure throughout his career.
But maybe only respected because we the fans did not know the real Vilma. Maybe the real Vilma is the one who offered colleagues $10,000 to maim opponents.
If that is the real Vilma then he got what he deserved and long may he be remembered for it.
As Titletown states this is all subject to appeal.
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Well that could have been a lot worse, I feared that more players would get suspended. Smiths was
probably an add on to the starcaps thing and Vilma was always going to get slaughtered.

Vilma restructured his contract a couple of weeks back , does anyone know how a years ban
without pay affects the cap? It could be important with the Brees contract still un-decided.

I am relieved hat Greer and Jenkins escaped punishment. I really thought Roge was going to
decimate our D but as I said we got off lightly in that respect.

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Vilma: ?The investigation concluded that while a captain of the defensive unit Vilma assisted Coach Williams in establishing and funding the program. Multiple independent sources also confirmed that Vilma offered a specific bounty -- $10,000 in cash ? to any player who knocked Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner out of the 2009 Divisional playoff game and later pledged the same amount to anyone who knocked Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game the following week (played on Jan. 24, 2010). Vilma is eligible to be reinstated after the Super Bowl in 2013.??

Smith: ?Smith, a defensive end, assisted Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in establishing and funding the program during a period in which he was a captain and leader of the defensive unit. Multiple independent sources also confirmed that Smith pledged significant sums to the program pool for 'cart-offs' and 'knockouts' of opposing players.?

Hargrove: ?Actively participated in the program while a member of the Saints. Hargrove submitted a signed declaration to the league that established not only the existence of the program at the Saints, but also that he knew about and participated in it. The evidence showed that Hargrove told at least one player on another team that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was a target of a large bounty during the NFC Championship Game in January of 2010. Hargrove also actively obstructed the league?s 2010 investigation into the program by being untruthful to investigators.??

Fujita: ?The record established that Fujita, a linebacker, pledged a significant amount of money to the prohibited pay-for-performance/bounty pool during the 2009 NFL playoffs when he played for the Saints. The pool to which he pledged paid large cash rewards for 'cart-offs' and 'knockouts,' plays during which an opposing player was injured.??

From the league as an explanation for each individual players suspension
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