Sports

NFL Responds To Vilma, NFLPA Lawsuits

Sports Fan Insider

Keep up with your favorite teams and athletes with daily updates.
Sign Up

From Our CBS Music Web Sites

185992939 10 NFL Responds To Vilma, NFLPA LawsuitsHot Halloween Costumes

3258814 NFL Responds To Vilma, NFLPA LawsuitsTop 10 Horror Films

 alt=Musicians Then And Now

452359772 10 NFL Responds To Vilma, NFLPA LawsuitsMissing Summer?

 alt=Celebrities And Their Dogs

cowb thumb NFL Responds To Vilma, NFLPA LawsuitsCowboys Cheerleaders

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The NFL is again urging a federal judge to avoid interfering in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s efforts to discipline four players for the Saints’ cash-for-hits bounty pool.

In a response Wednesday to papers the players filed earlier this week, the NFL says its labor agreement gives Goodell the power to handle discipline involving conduct detrimental to football “at his discretion.”

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan is considering the players’ request to overturn varying suspensions to Saints linebacker Jon Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita.

The players have argued Goodell’s public comments prove he cannot be impartial, but the NFL says when “all of the circumstances” are considered, no one can conclude Goodell’s rulings resulted only from bias against the players.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Also Check Out: