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Will Smith: 'Arrogance and agenda' cloud bounty fight

The NFL re-issued modified discipline to two players involved in the New Orleans Saints bounty program, but the situation remains unchanged for defensive end Will Smith.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reduced punishments for linebacker Scott Fujita (from three games to one) and Anthony Hargrove (from eight games to seven, with five already credited to his account).

NFL reaffirms bounty discipline


The league has reaffirmed the discipline for the four players suspended in the New Orleans Saints' bounty case. **More ...**

Smith's ban remains at four games. As you might imagine, he's not thrilled.

"I remain frustrated with the continued unilateral rulings by this commissioner as he continues to disregard the facts and assault my character," Smith said in a statement released Tuesday. "Let me be clear -- I never participated in a 'pay-to-injure program,' never took the field with intent to injure another player, and never contributed any money to hurt other players.

"It was my hope that those investigating would put their arrogance and agenda aside in order to comprehend the difference between a 'pay-for-performance program' and a 'pay-to-injure program,' but until that day, I will continue to pursue my appeal options through the NFLPA, and attempt to return to work for my family, teammates, fans and the city of New Orleans."

Smith's suspension will begin immediately barring an appeal. Don't expect Smith to give up the fight just yet.

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