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Saints Bounty Scandal: Monday Appeals Last Only An Hour

The four suspended players from the New Orleans Saints' infamous "bounty" scandal, along with their attorneys, left Monday's appeal with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell with things still left unsettled and unresolved in what has become quite the cantankerous series of events.

It's being reported at that Peter Ginsberg, the lawyer for suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, said after a few opening remarks and challenges, Goodell asked to adjourn the meeting and reconvene Monday at 1:45 p.m. ET. Vilma, currently suspended for the entire 2012 season, had no plans of returning.

The meeting lasted only one hour before all four players - Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith - were gone.

These are some comments from Ginsberg following the meeting:

"There were two fundamental issues that came to the forefront today. One is a question on how we ended up in a place, a proceeding where the commissioner so unilaterally in a Draconian fashion believes he can take over control of a proceeding like this, putting aside the how we got here...

"Even with regard to the fundamental rules, he cannot abide by them."

As it pertains to the fundamental rules of the proceedings Ginsberg is referring to, that's about the NFL not providing documents 72 hours before Monday's appeal, he said.

Check out the full video of that interview right here.

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