Former New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Hargrove punishment more for “lying”

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May 22, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove (95) during organized team activities at Ray Nitschke Field. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-US PRESSWIRE

Arbitrator Stephen Burbank said today that he lacked jurisdiction in the “bounty” punishments for current and former New Orleans Saints players, especially defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove.  We also see why he was punished heavily second only to linebacker Jonathan Vilma.

It’s another blow to the players trying to seek an outside ruling on their punishments and have them either reduced or even wiped out completely.

Hargrove is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season and is ranked just below Vilma’s season long suspension.  The wise thought would be Hargrove is being punished for a heavy involvement in a “bounty” program the Saints allegedly had..

However in a letter that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Hargrove, the reason for the strict discipline is more for what he did off the field than on it.

In the letter Goodell tells Hargrove that the main reason for the eight game suspension is “lying” and “obstruction” of the investigation into the Saints alleged “bounty” program.

Now it appears that Hargrove and the others will have to go before Goodell for the appeal to their suspensions.  This is not what he was counting on for a happy ending.

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  • larryjames836

    This is not good for a player to lose his for something the NFL pays these guys to do the fans need to protest the NFL. Some of these players with concussion injuries need these injuries before 2009 where these guys now has to take the punishment for what should have been stop decades ago. Let’s talk about bounty program the NFL is the bounty hunters this is why the player’s has know one to stand up for them because the NFL is the judge, jury, and hangman. Every team fanbase the NFL is just like a mob once you in you in you can’t get out only if the NFL let you out. When it mob own and operated the public can’t help they just that powerful some of theses concussion lawsuits been going for years still no settlements. People’s that been around the NFL for years knows that the NFL commissioners run the show.