The players suspended by the NFL for their involvement in the New Orleans Saints' bounty program have asked the NFL to compel eight current and former Saints coaches and executives to appear at their appeal hearing on Monday. The NFLPA wrote to Roger Goodell, requesting that Sean Payton and Gregg Williams, along with six others, attend the hearing.
Goodell and the league will have to present some of the evidence against the players at the appeal hearing on Monday. The Saints coaches and executives are being asked to appear so that the union can gather more of the evidence used against the players that led to their suspensions. There's no word yet on whether or not the individuals that the players want to appear would be allowed to speak at the hearing.
The players have already lost a grievance that challenged Goodell's authority to suspend players for actions taken before the most recent collective bargaining agreement was signed. They are now appealing the suspensions themselves.
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