NFLPA cites 1996 bounty program allowed by NFL

NFLPA cites 1996 bounty program allowed by NFL

Credit: JOE PICCIOLO/AFP/Getty Images

GREEN BAY, WI - NOVEMBER 1: Green Bay Packers defensive end Reggie White (92) celebrates after the Packers recovered a San Francisco 49ers' fumble during the fourth quarter of the Packers 36-22 win 01 November in Green Bay. White had three of the Packers nine sacks in the game.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on October 18, 2012 at 9:51 PM

NEW ORLEANS  -- The NFL Players Association has filed papers in federal court pointing out that the NFL permitted a 1996 incentive program for big hits funded by former Green Bay defensive lineman Reggie White.

The union questions why NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell should now be able to suspend former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita for offering teammates rewards for big plays during the 2009 season.

The filing Thursday cites media reports about White's "smash-for-cash" program that paid $500 for big plays, including big hits. The reports include other teams discussing similar pools.

The NFLPA says Goodell's decision to suspend Fujita for behavior never before punished or prohibited by the NFL violates the league's labor agreement and demonstrates the commissioner's bias against players punished in the bounty probe of the Saints.

 

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