Anthony Hargrove Appeals Saints Bounty Suspension

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09: Anthony Hargrove #69 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates with fans in the stands after the Saints won 14-9 against the Minnesota Vikings at Louisiana Superdome on September 9 2010 in New Orleans Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Green Bay Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove is appealing his eight-game suspension, and he might have good reason to. The defensive end received a longer suspension than former New Orleans Saints teammates Scott Fujita and Will Smith because he lied to NFL investigators about Saints' bounty program, but his appeal seems reasonable for a couple of reasons.

First of all, Roger Goodell technically does not have the power to punish players for actions committed before August under the new CBA. The NFL Players Association believes that an arbitrator, not the commissioner, should have decided the suspensions for the Saints' players who participated in the bounty program.

That's Fujita and Smith's only reason for appealing, but Hargrove has another. As we noted when the suspension was handed down, Hargrove claims that the Saints asked him to lie to NFL investigators about the bounty program. Yahoo! Sports has obtained Hargrove's declaration to the league, in which he provides an account of a specific meeting with Joe Vitt and Gregg Williams, where they asked him to lie about the bounty program.

The NFLPA might have a legitimate gripe about Goodell suspending players for actions prior to the new CBA's ratification, and if their appeal is successful, an arbitrator might take Hargrove's declaration into consideration when reconsidering suspensions. This is far from over.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Acme Packing Company

You must be a member of Acme Packing Company to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Acme Packing Company. You should read them.

Join Acme Packing Company

You must be a member of Acme Packing Company to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Acme Packing Company. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9341_tracker