Four Players Suspended for Bounty System Roles

By KBJR News 1

Four Players Suspended for Bounty System Roles

May 2, 2012 Updated May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM CST

(Northland's NewsCenter) --- The NFL on Wednesday suspended four players for their roles in the New Orleans Saints' bounty system,
including current Green Bay defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove.

The penalty was harshest on current New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season. Current Saints defensive end Will Smith received a four-game ban.

Hargrove, meanwhile, has been suspended eight games and current Kansas City linebacker Scott Fujita three games for "willingly and enthusiastically" embracing the team's pay-for-hits bounty system.

All four of those suspensions will be without pay, but the NFL Players Association has pledged appeals of all four suspensions, saying NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not produced "any detailed or specific evidence."

New Orleans management has already come under heavy fire for the bounty scandal. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, no longer with the team, was suspended indefinitely, head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, general manager Mickey Loomis was banned eight games, and now interim coach Joe Vitt received a six-game suspension.

The team also forfeited two second-round draft picks and was fined $500,000 as part of the league punishment.

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