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NFLPA says NFL has yet to provide 'detailed evidence' of bounty system

National Football Post

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, ex-Saints linebacker Scott Fujita and NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith are meeting with officials at the NFL offices in New York today.

Albert Breer of the NFL Network reports that on the day the suspension of Saints coach Sean Payton takes effect, the league could be working toward handing out discipline for players potentially involved in the matter.

The NFLPA, obviously, wants to carefully monitor what happens when it comes to discipline against players that were involved in the bounty program. Suspensions mean a loss of pay and that’s what we’re talking about here.

The NFLPA, in a statement Breer shares, says the league has yet to provide “detailed evidence” of a pay-to-injure scheme run by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The NFLPA says it knew of the tapes released by Sean Pamphilon of Williams speaking to the team the night before the NFC playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers.

“The NFLPA was aware of the existence of the Gregg Williams audio prior to its release," the statement read, per NFL.com. "We learned of the tape as part of our effort to obtain any and all information related to an alleged pay-to-injure scheme. We had no control of the content and did not make a determination on the method of its release. To date, the NFL has not provided the NFLPA with detailed evidence of the existence of such a program."

We’ll see if discipline for players comes soon. That is the next step for commissioner Roger Goodell.

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