The four players – including the Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Scott Fujita - implicated in the New Orleans Saints bounty allegations will have their appeals held on June 18, but the signs are not looking good for a victory in their favor.
The most recent setback comes from arbitrator Shyam Das, who ruled in favor of the NFL, dismissing the National Football League Players Association’s grievance against the league. It’s the second major setback for the NFLPA, which also lost a major decision by arbitrator Stephen Burbank, who ruled that commissioner Roger Goodell does have the authority to discipline the players involved in the bounty case.
The NFLPA continues to fight these rulings and likely won’t back down, even after the final rulings are given. However, it doesn’t look likely that any of the suspensions, such as Fujita’s three-game suspension to start the season, will be lifted.