Saints News 2/20/13: NFLPA Head Says Players Trust Goodell Much Less After Saints Bounty Scandal

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Union leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust Commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular. The NFLPA president adds he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.

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Foxworth said that bridges between the union and the league that were built during labor talks were undone by "events that kind of broke that bridge again" -- most notably the discipline originally imposed on players allegedly involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. The player penalties were ultimately overturned by former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, who was appointed by Goodell as the appeals officer, following months of legal wrangling. "When things like that happen," Foxworth said, "it's hard for our players to believe that the league has their best interest in mind."

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Union leader Domonique Foxworth says NFL players don't trust Commissioner Roger Goodell because of the Saints bounty case, in particular. The NFLPA president adds he wouldn't be able to persuade players to have faith in the league even if he wanted to.

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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