Report: NFLPA retains high-profile law firm to assist in bounty scandal

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will likely rule any day now on appeals to the bountygate suspensions for New Orleans Saints coaches Sean Payton and Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis.

The next step in the process for Goodell will likely be levying punishment against players involved in the situation. The initial report released by the NFL said as many as 27 players could be involved. To that end, the NFLPA has retained the law firm Fulbright & Jaworski to assist in representing players.

NFLPA spokesman George Atallah told the NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that the law firm was added to “provide the best possible representation” to the union. Obiously, the NFLPA doesn’t want to see players punished in a significant way.

The guess here is the players will likely claim, in large manner, that ex-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams ran the show and they feared retribution if they spoke out against him. What is interesting here, at least to us, is that Goodell has spelled out to Williams that he must cooperate with the NFL if he hopes to have his indefinite suspension ended at some point. That means Goodell may call on Williams to describe how and to what level individual players were involved in the process.

That is why some high-profile representation may be in order. Stay tuned.

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