In an editorial for USA Today on Wednesday, NFL Players Association president Domonique Foxworth pushed back against the league, saying that the NFL didn't give "fair and transparent due process" for the four players suspended in the wake of the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. Foxworth pointed out the NFLPA's history of championing safety, and he challenged the league to bring forth evidence that the suspended players actively participated in a pay-to-injure program.
It's a cruel insult to conclude that we would place hundreds of NFL athletes who play by the rules at risk in order to protect a handful of players proven guilty of literally gambling with the safety and livelihoods of others. Players have seen no specific, detailed evidence of player participation in a pay-to-injure program. We know a coach crossed the line, but where is the evidence that any players actually committed themselves financially or tactically to carrying out a "bounty" program?
All four players tagged with suspensions by commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL -- Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith and Scott Fujita -- have already appealed their decisions. Whether the arguments of the players and the NFLPA will actually fall on attentive ears in the NFL front offices is another question.
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