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Saints Bounty Scandal: NFLPA Comes Out Strongly Against Suspensions, Vows Appeal

After months of waiting, Roger Goodell's decision on player suspensions as a part of the "Bountygate" scandal has finally come down, and the NFLPA is not happy about it.

In a statement to the press Tuesday, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith criticized the lack of evidence the NFL cited to make its decision and vowed to help the four suspended players appeal the ruling:

"After seeing the NFL's decision letters, the NFLPA has still not received any detailed or specific evidence from the league of these specific players' involvement in an alleged pay-to-injure program. We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair. We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf."

While the appeals process would normally go through Goodell, the players are likely to mount a massive legal battle that may include the federal courts.

Stay tuned to SB Nation Atlanta for more information on "Bountygate" while Canal Street Chronicles has all the reaction from New Orleans.

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