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Saints bounty scandal: Players react strongly; is punishment too harsh?

View Photo Gallery:The harshest player penalty handed downby Roger Goodell in connection with the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal was given to Jonathan Vilma. He will miss the entire season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended four players for their roles in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith still play for the team; Vilma learned from TV that he will be suspended the entire season, effective immediately, and Smith will serve a four-game suspension, beginning at the end of preseason. Anthony Hargrove, now with the Green Bay Packers, will serve an eight-game suspension and Scott Fujita, now with the Cleveland Browns, will be suspended three games.

This isn’t over yet, though, with the league promising to quickly hear appeals and legal action a possibility. What’s your take? Are the penalties too harsh? Not harsh enough?

I was standing right next 2 @jonvilma51 when he found out abt his suspension ON @SportsCenter. Really? He has to find out about it that way?

— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) May 2, 2012

I bet you won’t find one NFL Player who agrees with these suspensions

— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) May 2, 2012

Just saw player suspensions from “bounty gate”, WOW! #fb

— Kurt Warner (@kurt13warner) May 2, 2012

Wow @JonVilma51 that’s insane bro!! Can’t believe that!!

— NickBarnett (@NickBarnett) May 2, 2012

I think the discipline handed down by the commissioner is just. The message Vilma and company sent is not one I want my children learning.

— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 2, 2012

WOW! Couldn’t imagine missing a year of an already short career nor could I imagine taking money to end 1! What can you do? #bountygate

— ryan clark (@RealRClark25) May 2, 2012

Still can’t believe Vilma got a year. Wow.

— Kirk Morrison (@kirkmorrison) May 2, 2012

Damn! A whole year though! Geeeesh!

— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) May 2, 2012

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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