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Ex-NFL LB Barrett Green Suing Redskins for Injury Suffered Due to Bounty Program

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - 2005:  Barrett Green of the New York Giants poses for his 2005 NFL headshot at photo day in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

It looks as though the NFL is about to get hit with another bounty controversy. 

Former NFL linebacker Barrett Green is levying a lawsuit against the Washington Redskins, Gregg Williams and Robert Royal according to Gabe Feldman, Director of Tulane's Sports Law Program:

Barrett Green is suing the Redskins,Gregg Williams & Robert Royal for knee injury he suffered as a result of Redskins bounty program in 2004

— Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) July 8, 2013

Complaint:"Redskins coaches directed their players to disregard criminal&civil laws, as well as NFL rules,to intentionally injure opponents"

— Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) July 8, 2013

Green is suing Royal for battery for low hit to knee and 'Skins and Williams for a variety of bounty-ish-related claims (h/t @TDRKristi)

— Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) July 8, 2013

Crux of Green's claim: "Vicious and unprecedented battery was outside the rules of the game and was in violation of criminal & civil law"

— Gabe Feldman (@SportsLawGuy) July 8, 2013

Green was a member of the New York Giants at the time. Meanwhile, Royal was playing tight end for the Redskins, while Williams was the team's defensive coordinator.   

A four-year player for the Detroit Lions, the team that drafted him in 2000, Green was cut from the Giants in 2006 after playing only 11 games in two seasons with the team, missing time due to knee injuries. 

Williams, of course, was deeply embroiled in last year's "Bountygate" scandal that involved several players and ultimately resulted in New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton's one-year suspension last season.  

For his role in Bountygate, Williams served a one-year suspension but was reinstated and signed by the Tennessee Titans in February as a senior assistant to defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.

In that scandal, the NFL accused Williams of organizing a bounty program to pay players if they injured members of the opposite team or forced them to leave the game. Four players were implicated in the allegations: Will Smith, Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita.

All four were suspended by the league, but after a lengthy appeal process that included CBA arbitrators, an appeals panel and eventually former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the suspensions were overturned

However, it now appears that the NFL will face more accusations of a bounty program involving Williams and one of his former players.

 

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