Domonique Foxworth, the former third round pick of the Denver Broncos and current free agent cornerback, was elected president of the NFL Players Association without opposition on Sunday. He takes over for Kevin Mawae, who was elected in March 2008 to the position. The group also elected members to the executive committee, with newcomers Matt Hasselbeck (TENN), Matt Light (NE), Brandon Moore (NYJ), and Ben Watson (CLE) joining re-elected members Charlie Batch (PIT), Drew Brees (NO), Brian Dawkins (FA), Scott Fujita (CLE), Jeff Saturday (GB), and Brian Waters (NE).
The first order of business for Foxworth and the executive committee is to investigate the Bountygate claims against 22-27 players who were allegedly involved. For those of you who don’t know, the Saints were severely punished by Commissioner Roger Goodell for operating a three-year bounty program in which players were financially compensated for big hits and injuring opposing players. Head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the year without pay, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for 8 games, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, and the Saints were fined $500K and docked two second-round picks.
No players have yet been punished for their involvement, and the NFLPA will investigate the allegations before recommending a punishment to Goodell. The NFLPA is currently conducting their investigation by interviewing the involved players. Union members have said that they would suggest suspensions if they feel such a punishment is justified.Tags: Bountygate, Law, NFLPA, Sports, Sports Law