The NFL’s Investigation Into Bruce Arians Gets Substantial Update

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It sounds like Bruce Arians will skate without getting punished by the NFL for the Saints/Bucs brawl.

The Saints and Buccaneers got into a massive melee Sunday, and Mike Evans ended up getting hit with a one-game suspension.

Given the fact Arians is on video on the sideline appearing to possibly have played a role, people have wondered whether or not the league would hammer him amid an ongoing investigation. It’s not expected to happen.

The NFL sends a letter to Bruce Arians.

Instead of hitting Arians with a heavy punishment for whatever role he might have had, the NFL sent a “warning letter” to the former Buccaneers head coach, according to ProFootballTalk. Arians also spent most of his time in the appropriate area of the sidelines.

As for why Arians was on the sideline instead of the press box or suite, there are dueling narratives. The Bucs claim there wasn’t a suite available.

However, the Saints claim there was a suite for the Bucs and plenty of seats in the press box. So both sides seem to be pointing the fingers at the other.

Judging from the fact Arians only got a letter, the league must not feel any of his conduct played a serious role in the situation. At the very least, the NFL doesn’t have much evidence he did anything wrong.

The NFL sent Bruce Arians a letter. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, fans have probably seen the last of Arians on the sidelines for the season. After Sunday’s fireworks, odds are high his time on the field is over.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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