October 3, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (69) pumps up the crowd during the second half against the Carolina Panthers at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints defeated the Panthers 16-14. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove will be heading to a meeting on Tuesday to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to present further information regarding the NFL’s bounty investigation. Hargrove however doesn’t foresee his suspension status changing or much actual face-time with Goodell.
Former New Orleans Saints teammates Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, and Scott Fujita are also scheduled to meet with Goodell to present their side as well. All four players had their respective suspensions overturned over a week ago by an appeal board and the matter is being brought back to the commissioner.
In all, Hargrove doesn’t feel that the eight-game suspension that he was issued for allegedly lying to NFL investigators will be lifted completely. He stated in an interview with ESPN’s Outside the Lines that he probably has a better chance of “hitting a hole in one”.
In that interview Hargrove was also asked what level of involvement Goodell would have in the meeting to which he responded, “I’ve been told he may poke his head in.”
Hargrove said who he mainly expects at the meeting to be is NFL general counsel Jeff Pash and Aldolpho Birch III who is the NFL Senior Vice President of Law and Labor Policy. ESPN’s Adam Schefter stated he was told by a source that Goodell would be an “active and engaged participant” in the meetings.
This would only be fair since as Hargrove also stated that if Goodell is going to issue out the punishments, then he should also be the one in the room hearing what the players have to say.
The only downside that remains for Hargrove is that even if he is cleared in the matter, his current situation leaves him in a career limbo. After being released by the Green Bay Packers recently, he hasn’t been contacted by any teams and some would wonder if he will be with the season already in full swing.