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SBD/July 5, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFLPA Asks Court To Overturn Suspensions Of Players At Center Of Saints' Bounty Scandal
Published July 5, 2012
GOODELL FEELS STRONGLY ABOUT THE EVIDENCE: Goodell on Tuesday upheld the suspensions, and ESPN’s John Clayton reported Goodell "felt very strong about the evidence, evidence right now that the players don’t believe in." Clayton: "He was also very poignant in his letter to the players, telling them, ‘Hey, you had opportunities to try at least to get interviews and try to do some things. It may not have been to your satisfaction,’ but it was one where they had opportunities and they didn’t do it. He was also trying to be a little defensive in that letter where he says that he didn’t take this very lightly” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 7/3). NFL Network’s Steve Wyche noted Goodell indicated in his letter to the players that he does have the “power to reduce or takeaway the suspensions if any evidence is provided to me that should make me change my mind." Wyche: "Once again, he asking the players, as he has done throughput this process, to try to cooperate with and try to defend themselves.” NFL Network's Mark Kriegel said Goodell is “all but begging the players to come forward” and is “trying to be evenhanded” (“NFL Total Access,” NFL Network, 7/3).