NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith says the NFL must release to the union all relevant information pertaining to its investigation of the New Orleans Saints' bounty program before making any recommendations or rulings on possible penalties for players.

Smith, in an interview with the sports website Pro Player Insiders, was critical of how the NFL has handled its part of the investigation.

"It's very hard to have a productive discussion about punishment when one side has kept, to itself, all the information," Smith told the website. "What I would expect is to have a conversation soon and certainly it would be our expectation that the request for all information, as it relates to particular players, will be provided before any discipline takes place."

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