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The four players in the Saints bounty scandal have added a bit of a twist to their suspension appeals: According to an ESPN report, they have requested that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recuse himself from the process. Should Goodell acquiesce to their request?

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the suspensions of two players involved in the Saints' bounty scandal while lowering two others. Was this a fair approach?

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An appeals arbitration panel has overturned the suspensions of four players involved in the Saints' bounty scandal. Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith of the Saints, Scott Fujita of the Browns and free agent Anthony Hargrove all can play immediately. Was this the right decision?

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The NFL has reportedly offered a deal to Jonathan Vilma in which it would reduce his yearlong suspension to a mere eight games. Vilma's suspension came as a result of his role in the Saints' bounty scandal; he was the hardest-hit player in the whole ordeal. A reduction could significantly benefit the Saints, who will already be missing Sean Payton for the majority of the season. Knowing what you know about Vilma and the bounty scandal, what do you think would be an appropriate punishment?

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On Friday, "First Take" debated whether Jonathan Vilma has a point in his case against the NFL in regard to returning to the league after being suspended for his role in the bounty scandal. Stephen A. Smith isn't buying any of what Vilma is selling, while Skip Bayless is more on Vilma's side than you might believe. What's your take?

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