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Saints Suspensions: Do Penalties for Jonathan Vilma and Others Fit the Crime?

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Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire season by Roger Goodell and the NFL disciplinary committee, which—as best we can tell—is Roger Goodell.

Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, was suspended for three games, while Anthony Hargrove, now with the Packers, must sit for eight games. Will Smith will be sidelined for four games for New Orleans.

All four players will be suspended without pay and may appeal. Appeals are heard by Goodell.

Are the fines too harsh?

Sure, the league is trying to make an example out of the Saints players, and we can understand three or four games, but is an entire year without pay really fair for Vilma? And is half a season for Hargrove too much?

Or is this the message the league needed to send?

 

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