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Appeal fodder likely to include text

Updated: June 18, 2012, 12:12 PM ET
By Adam Schefter | ESPN

The NFL's evidence against the suspended New Orleans Saints coaches, players and former players included emails that Sean Payton's close friend and confidant, Mike Ornstein, sent from prison, offering up bounties for hits.

Yet according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, Ornstein insisted his emails were jokes, and he unsuccessfully attempted to convince NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of this during their conversations.

Ornstein received support from former ...

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