Arbitrator rules for NFL in bounty grievance

4:37 PM, Jun 8, 2012   |    comments
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(Sports Network) - A second arbitrator has ruled against the players union in a grievance involving the New Orleans Saints bounty case.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted Friday that Shyam Das has ruled in favor of the league after the NFL Players Association had sought to have player appeals heard by someone other than commissioner Roger Goodell.

It followed a ruling Monday by Stephen Burbank saying Goodell had authority to suspend four players for their roles in the bounty system.

In the grievance ruled on by Das, players wanted Ted Cotrell and Art Shell to be part of the process because they were appointed by the league and union to review appeals for on-field conduct.

Goodell suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season, current Green Bay defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove for eight games, Saints defensive end Will Smith for four games and linebacker Scott Fujita, now with Cleveland, for three games.

All four players have appealed the suspensions.

The NFLPA claims that conduct prior to the new collective bargaining agreement reached last August was not subject to league discipline.

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