League meeting with NFLPA about Saints
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league is meeting with players’ union officials about possible player punishments in the New Orleans Saints bounty case.
Goodell said that after Monday’s meeting he hopes ”we’ll have some information and hopefully a recommendation from the NFLPA.”
The union has asked the NFL to provide it with all the information from the league’s investigation that revealed 22 to 27 defensive players were part of the Saints’ pay-for-pain bounty pool, which awarded thousands of dollars of cash bonuses from 2009-11 for vicious hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games.
Goodell also said the meeting on Saints coach Sean Payton’s appeal of his one-year suspension will take place this week, but was unsure when. Also appealing their suspensions are assistant coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis. The team is appealing its $500,000 fine and the loss of draft picks.
”I think we all need to move forward,” Goodell said.