Saints Bounty Suspension Appeal: Twitter Reacts as Punishments Are Overturned

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Saints Bounty Suspension Appeal: Twitter Reacts as Punishments Are Overturned
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In a decision that shocked many, a three-person appeals court has overturned the player suspensions handed down in the New Orleans Saints' Bountygate scandal, according to Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter.

The NFL Players Association had filed appeals on behalf of Saints defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove on Tuesday.

The decision will also affect Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who had filed an appeal on his own accord earlier this offseason.

By overturning the suspensions, all four men will be eligible to play immediately, though it's unclear whether any of them will suit up on Sunday. 

As always is the case in major announcements like this, many across the globe immediately took to Twitter to give their reactions. 

Vilma, who had been suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell, quoted an infamous animated toddler to express his excitement. 

In support of Vilma, outspoken Fox Sports columnist Jason Whitlock tweeted out his reaction with a strong jab toward Goodell as well. 

Also throwing a little heat Goodell's way while keeping the situation at a lighthearted pace was parody account Faux John Madden, who has gathered a strong following with his sports witticisms.

A staunch critic of the player suspensions since they have been levied, Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted out support to his teammates upon hearing the news. 

Unfortunately for Saints fans, this decision does not come with all good news. Coach Sean Payton, who was suspended for the entire 2012 season, will not be coming back this season, according to Robert Littal of Black Sports Online. 

Even if Payton's suspension stands in the long-run, ESPN's Stats and Info shed light on how much Smith and Vilma's return will mean for the Saints.

With many prognosticators predicting doom for the Saints in the 2012 season, this is nothing less than a win for the franchise. 

Most of all, though, it's a decision that comes at a perfect time for the players. By being officially on-roster Week 1, each of the players' 2012 salaries become guaranteed, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

ESPN NFL analyst Lomas Brown appeared on Sportscenter in wake of the decision and expressed his joy for the players. 

His reaction was tweeted out by Sportscenter's Twitter feed:

Pointing out what many have over the duration of this scandal, ESPN radio broadcaster Mike Greenburg also joined in on the jubilation. 

Regardless, this story has not hit its conclusion yet. All players are eligible for Sunday, but Goodell still has some authority to alter his decision. That move will not come this weekend, according to Schefter

An initial decision has been made, but look for this situation to linger throughout the 2012 NFL season. 

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