- Jamison Hensley, ESPN Staff Writer
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Linebacker Jonathan Vilma received the harshest penalty, getting suspended for the entire 2012 season. In addition to Vilma, defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) was suspended eight games, defensive Will Smith four games and linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) three games.
Ridiculous, and nobody really sees why the punishments have been so severe over the past 3 4years! Lawsuits and 18 games???
Vilma suspended a whole yr FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL???? cmon man!!!!!
Even Pittsburgh safety Ryan Clark was critical of the discipline (even though Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year and general manager Mickey Loomis was banned for eight games) in a post on Twitter:
Wonder why the team got the least penalties in Bounty Gate! Think about who elects & reworded the commish, it's the owners of the trams!
The Steelers don't have any connection with the Saints, but they can relate to being disciplined by the NFL. The Steelers were fined a reported 13 times in the first 10 games last season, totaling $182,500. So you can understand why the Steelers players are coming to the defense of these Saints players.
The Pittsburgh Steelers players have been the most vocal in sounding off about the suspensions handed out to four players involved in the Saints' bounty scandal.