The NFLPA has filed a grievance against the NFL, questioning Commissioner Roger Goodell’s authority to suspend the four NFL players for their alleged roles in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty system, according to Andrew Brandt of ESPN.
The NFLPA has filed a grievance vs. the NFL challenging Commissioner Goodell's authority to suspend the four players he did. More to come.
— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 4, 2012
NFLPA grievance: "In connection with2011 CBA, the NFL released all players from conduct prior to execution of CBA on August 4, 2011."— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 4, 2012
The NFLPA is arguing that the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, which was signed to end the 2011 NFL lockout, releases all players from conduct prior to the institution of the agreement last August. The grievance also reportedly argues that Goodell does not have the authority to punish the players, but rather a “CBA System Arbitrator,” should be able to levy suspensions. On Wednesday, Goodell levied hefty suspensions for Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Jonathan Vilma.