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Should Goodell cut bounty penalties?

He probably won't waver, despite thin evidence presented so far against players

Originally Published: June 21, 2012
By Ashley Fox | ESPN.com

The players were eloquent. They were thoughtful. And they were rather convincing.

But just because Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove passionately defended themselves against bounty charges doesn't mean that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will lift their suspensions or that of Will Smith. This judge-jury-executioner thing doesn't work that way.

Goodell didn't rescind suspensions of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton (a year), general manager Mickey Loomis (eight games) ...

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