Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove attended the appeal of his eight-game suspension––under protest, in essence––on Monday in New York for allegedly taking part in a bounty program as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Peter King of Sports Illustrated sums of the proceedings: “The four players — (Jonathan) Vilma, linebacker Scott Fujita (now with Cleveland), defensive end Will Smith and Hargrove (now with Green Bay) — due to have their appeals heard at NFL headquarters left in the morning because of a procedural issue. They felt they hadn’t had the 72 hours the Collective Bargaining Agreement mandated to examine the evidence in the case, and the NFL offered to adjourn the case till the afternoon, by which time the 72-hour window would be valid. Vilma and Ginsberg chose to leave and not return, protesting the forum. Fujita, Smith and Hargrove returned for the afternoon session, just long enough to hear White’s case against them. Then they left, apparently because they considered the probe unfair.” King later explains that the NFL will not rule on the appeal immediately and will keep the case open the remainder of the week hoping the players will make statements in their defense.
Before the appeal even began, Hargrove along with Smith and Fujita, released a statement via the players union describing how they disagreed with the NFL’s appeals process. The statement directly from the NFLPA reads: “We are in attendance today not because we recognize the Commissioner’s jurisdiction to adjudicate regarding these specious allegations, but because we believe the League would attempt to publicly mischaracterize our refusal to attend. We will not address the substance of the NFL’s case because this is not the proper venue for adjudication, and there has been no semblance of due process afforded to us.”
Putting together today’s Daily Links was a difficult task due to the complicated nature of the appeal and the high amount of commentary about the proceedings (check out ProFootballTalk.com for several entries). I’ve tried to pull together the most comprehensive reports and those that have a connection to Hargrove, being as this site is focused on the Packers.
The Associated Press report of the appeal and reaction from the key figures is written by Barry Wilner.
That concludes our coverage of Anthony Hargrove and his appeal for the day. As a hot-button topic in the world of sports and little else going on during the offseason, so-called “Bountygate” coverage is dominating the headlines. There’s plenty more out there to read out there for you to read. I only attempted to provide the most relevant reports and analysis.
Safety Charlie Peprah visited Kiel Middle School in Wisconsin on Monday to speak to more than 350 children, parents and community members about the importance of reading on behalf of the Kiel Public Library. “Stepping into a full gym to wild applause, Peprah talked for about 20 minutes about how important it is to read, stay in school and develop a love of learning,” writes Janet Ortegon of the Sheboygan Press. After minicamp concluded, Peprah traveled to Alabama over the weekend, then back to Wisconsin for Monday’s event. Impressive for him to go to those lengths for a community appearance.
The Packers lost to the Bears 10 to 2 in the Rivalry Cup, a Ryder Cup themed golf competition at Medinah Country Club near Chicago pitting current and former members of the Packers against the Bears. “Medinah is an incredible place, and I think all of us – Packers and Bears – were a little bit in awe of the Ryder Cup course,” kicker Mason Crosby was quoted as saying. “The setting definitely gave a little extra spark to our rivalry, and it was fun to see how good some of these football guys are out there.”
Fullback John Kuhn was the only player who won a match in the Rivalry Cup, according to Packer Report.
Center Jeff Saturday made a comparison between Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning who Saturday played with for several years in Indianapolis in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Comments from Aaron Rodgers made during a recent television round table taping are pulled in a blog post at JSOnline.
Wide receiver Greg Jennings talks about a trip he made to Africa in an article on the Packers official website.
Charles Woodson and his speculated move to safety is a topic examined by Andrew Garda at Bleacher Report.
Some pre-training camp thoughts are shared by Tyler Dunne at JSOnline.
Video: Andrew Garda ranks the NFC North offenses for Bleacher Report…
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