Roger Goodell offers olive branch to suspended players, but why?

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Feb 5, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before Super Bowl XLVI between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

In a not so surprising move by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, he upheld the suspensions to current and former New Orleans Saints players today.  He gave a silver lining to the players in an eyebrow-raising move at the end of his findings.

I don’t think too many people held out hope that Goodell was going to in a sense wipe the slate clean for linebackers Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, defensive end Will Smith, and defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove.

Their appeals for their suspensions was denied and it appears that Vilma will serve a season-long suspension, Hargrove an eight-game suspension, Smith a four-game suspension, and Fujita a three-game suspension.

Goodell ended his announcement on the upheld suspensions with the possibility of their suspensions being reduced if they can provide evidence that warrants it.

This little olive branch is a big question mark for not just players, but the general public.  Much of the evidence presented by the league has been either questionable or had several credibility issues.

Vilma called into question with his latest lawsuit saying that former Saints defensive assistant Michael Cerullo who supplied alleged “bounty” payment ledgers, actually created these after the fact and held a grudge against the Saints for being fired in 2010 and receiving fake diamonds in his Super Bowl ring.

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