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NFLPA Warns Players May Face Criminal Charges In Bounty Scandal

The NFL Player’s Association has warned players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation that they may face criminal charges, according to Yahoo! Sports.

For the players involved in the bounty scandal from 2009 to 2011, the NFLPA has suggested that they have a lawyer and union representative when they are interviewed by NFL investigators.

Many legal experts have maintained that prosecution is unlikely for on-field acts as it is very difficult to prove an injury was caused by a tackle for a bounty rather than a regular tackle.

The union is planning to meet with the league security staff in New York to review additional evidence.  NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has already banned saints head coach Sean Payton for a year and indefinitely suspended former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.  The only player named in the report thus far is Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma.  No punishments have been issued to any players as of yet.

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