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Report: Goodell struck deal with union to punish repeat offenders like Talib



NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell agreed not to discipline approximately two dozen players for conduct during the lockout in exchange for punishing eight players he regards as repeat offenders, according to Michael Silver of

If true, it's further evidence that Goodell intends to suspend Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib, who met with him in New York Tuesday.

Talib was suspended one game last season for assaulting a St. Petersburg cab drive in 2009. He is scheduled to stand trial on charges of assault with a deadly weapon next spring for his role in a shooting March 21 in Garland, Texas.

Talib delined to comment Wednesday on his meeting with Goodell. He missed the Bucs two preseason games with a hamstring injury but is expected to play Saturday against the Miami Dolphins.

According to the report, "one source familiar with the negotiations claims Goodell, before resolving the issue of whether personal conduct violators during the lockout could be disciplined, “wanted eight names off the top who would definitely get punished, and apparently he got his way.”

'This was confirmed by a high-level union source, who said that in return for Goodell agreeing not to discipline approximately two dozen players for conduct during the lockout, he retained the right to hand down punishment to eight players he regards as repeat offenders.''



[Last modified: Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:05pm]


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