Thoughts on June 18, 2012, players’ hearing before Roger Goodell

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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

There is no substitute for the real thing, but there is also no substitute for the quick thing.  Below are the impressions I formed from the reading of the hearing transcript as well as condensed narrative.

Quotes have been provided as necessary because there is nothing like the real thing.  At the bottom of the article is a link to the full transcript – so you have the benefit of the real and the quick.

The hearing consisted in large part of declarations by attorneys for Vilma (Ginsberg et al); attorneys for Smith, Fujita and Hargrove (Kessler-NFLPA) and a presentation by Mary Joe White outside counsel for the NFL of the NFL’s evidence.

Pash, NFL Exec VP, functioned in an administrative capacity during the hearing.  Although the hearing is before Roger Goodell, he only makes an opening remark.  None of the players spoke during the proceeding.

To begin, Pash explains the format, which will consist of White’s presenting the evidence, and then the players’ attorneys would be given an opportunity for opening statements and to call witnesses.

But before he can complete his explanation, Kessler interrupts him to pute a procedural point forth.  However, Kessler’s point is pre-empted by Ginsberg who explains he wishes to address the validity of the proceedings and Kessler will follow up with the NFLPA objections.

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