New Orleans Saints

Roger Goodell Reportedly Agrees to Meet with Saints Suspended in Bounty Scandal

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 20:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell participates in a news briefing after his meeting with U.S. Senate Majority Whip Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) June 20, 2012 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Goodell was on the Hill to discuss bounties in professional sports.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Richard LangfordCorrespondent ISeptember 12, 2012

In the latest turn of events in the Saints bounty scandal, it is being reported that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will meet with the four players who received suspensions in the wake of the scandal.

ESPN's Ed Werder issued the report:

In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, Goodell will meet with Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove.

Werder also passes along that it is not known when this meeting will take place, but it is not likely to happen before the conclusion of the Week 2 schedule. 

Goodell had presented a deadline of Tuesday for suspended players to contact him to set up a meeting to discuss the suspension.

Earlier on Tuesday, as Werder points out, Vilma's attorney Peter Ginsberg "notified the league office via email and was to send a formal notification by the end of business Tuesday."

Apparently, the other three involved took similar measures, but it is Vilma who has been the most visible player throughout this process. 

He received a lot of press after walking out on the appeals hearing, and he has made it abundantly clear that he does not feel this has been a fair process. 

There are no assurances that this meeting will do anything to change Vilma's perception of the fairness. Among the chief concerns of Vilma and his attorney, again according to Werner, is the fact that they have not been given a chance to "review evidence or cross-examine witnesses."

This process is already in the drawn-out stage, but it may just be getting started.

If the players' sense of fairness is not appeased, there is sure to be more legal action forthcoming. The ultimate decision involving this case may mean far-reaching ramifications for the authority commissioners have over their respective sports leagues. 

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