NFLPA doesn’t want Paul Tagliabue to hear bounty appeals


Feb 2, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith during the NFL players association press conference at the Super Bowl XLVI media center at the J.W. Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

One would think that the bounty appeals couldn’t get anymore complicated but according to NFL reporter Jason La Canfora, it certainly has.

La Canfora reports that the NFLPA sent a letter to former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue asking him to recuse himself from hearing the bounty appeals after he was appointed to do so when current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself.

The letter asks Tagliabue to essentially be a witness in the bounty appeals instead of overseeing them because the NFLPA wants to ask him questions on the “Smash for Cash” program and a video was shown with former players like Reggie White saying:

"We have guys get interceptions, fumbles.  I came out with like nine thousand and some dollars I had to pay out, because I was paying $500 each big play."

The video was a feature by Andrea Kremer and details how players offered cash incentives for big plays much like what the current players who are facing suspensions are.  The main difference was that the NFLPA was saying that the “Cash” program was accepted at the time and no one was punished.

A hint came early after Goodell recused himself and Tagliabue was appointed that the NFLPA would not be thrilled with this move and ask for a new arbitrator in the case.