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“Why did you state that Anthony “admitted to lying” when he has done no such thing?” Phil Williams‘ statement said.

Williams said the NFL should be sympathetic to the fact that Hargrove was in the process of trying to resurrect his career after a yearlong drug suspension and was put in a “remarkably difficult position” by his coaches.

Williams added he did not understand why Goodell insisted on his right to hear the appeal in the bounty case, rather than stipulating to the NFL Players Association’s request that a more neutral arbitrator hear appeals.

“Do you care about NFL players enough to be above board with them?” Williams‘ statement said. “Is there anything to be lost by allowing those who are impartial to have a say-so in whether these judged men are truly given a shot at justice?”