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NFLPA To Oppose Tagliabue On Appeals

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Roger Goodell  and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue  at an owners meeting. (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue at an owners meeting. (credit: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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(AP) — The players’ union opposes former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case.

In a statement Wednesday, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest.

Commissioner Roger Goodell removed himself from hearing this set of appeals and appointed his predecessor last week. But the players and their union contend Tagliabue should be disqualified because of his employment by a law firm which has handled bounty-related matters for the league and represented Goodell in Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against him.

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