NFLPA will file motion asking Paul Tagliabue to recuse himself from bounty appeals hearing

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The NFL Players Association recently asked Roger Goodell to recuse himself from the bounty appeals hearings because Goodell issued the original punishments. Shockingly, Goodell acquiesed to the request, stepped aside and appointed former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to hear the appeals in his place.

But the NFLPA didn't think Tagliabue represents a clearance of the conflict, and as's Jason La Canfora reported Tuesday, sent a letter to Tagliabue asking the former commish to recuse himself as well. On Wednesday, the NFLPA formerly announced its plan to file a motion asking for Tags' recusal.

"To comply with the Court-ordered schedule, we will be making a motion under the CBA to recuse Paul Tagliabue today, and will be subsequently filing those papers with the Court," the NFLPA said in a statement. "We will have no further comment related to these filings."

It shouldn't be a tremendous shock that the NFL doesn't think Tagliabue is an impartial party either. He is the former commissioner of the NFL, as well as Goodell's mentor.

The NFL will have until 5 p.m. ET Friday to file a response to the NFLPA's motion, with the NFLPA having until Monday to respond to the NFL's answer.

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