Will the punishment for New Orleans Saints players be announced today?

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December 4, 2011; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) and safety Roman Harper (41) celebrate following a missed field goal by Detroit Lions place kicker Jason Hanson (not pictured) during the fourth quarter of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

It’s a question that everybody is ready to move on with and is beginning to wear out it’s welcome especially with fans of the New Orleans Saints.

For the past month and a half, this lingering question has produced much speculation and aggravation among the media and Who Dats.  The aggravation coming more from the Who Dats than anyone.

Fans are frankly ready for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to make his ruling on the punishments for the 22-27 players allegedly involved in a “pay for performance” investigation for the past three seasons.

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been in the spotlight as being the one who allegedly offered a $10,000 “bounty” on quarterback Brett Farve during the 2010 NFC Championship Game.

Vilma recently said he is preparing to receive a two to eight game suspension from the league.  Now whether Vilma has been advised of the league by this or not hasn’t been determined.

Of course, it’s not impossible for the league to suspend Vilma for the entire season considering that head coach Sean Payton got blindsided by his one year suspension from Goodell.

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  • larryjames836

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell done setup the New Orleans Saints in believing he had some evidences talking about a bounty program. And had everyone believing what he were saying they was apologizing to something that may not have been true. More people’s, lawyers, and the media need to start asking Roger Goodell to show some proof of evidences see Drew Brees bust his bubble when he ask Roger Goodell to see some evidences. Roger Goodell think just because he is the NFL Commissioner know one should question his action and I really believe that the media, NFLPA and their lawyers are afriad to tackle the NFL Commissioner this man haven’t show know one proof of evidences and I thank its about time. Roger Goodell is backed in a corner trying to think of another move because if he had that much power and evidences on the player’s he have been made a move. Players not talking so he can’t do like he did Greg, Sean, Vitt, Mickey, they spoke to fast maybe because he is the NFL Commissioner I believe they all are being railroaded.

  • LI Saint

    I don’t think the “punishments” will come today (if at all)….Goodie and his Mob are up in Minn. trying to ramrod the city into building a new stadium (and driving them into bankruptcy)….He’s too busy to fool with the Saints right now….besides I think he is in a quagmire on how to deal with this since so many players from other teams have said that they were doing it also

  • larryjames836

    LI Saints; He always up to something to put more money in hls pocket, do you think there are really documents on the Saints on bounty program give me your honest opinion.

  • LI Saint

     @larryjames836 Sorry about getting back to you so late ( the o’night shift is a bear) but to answer your question…yes, I do believe that there is some documentation, but 50,000 pages is real real hard to fathom. Over a 3 year period that amounts to a little over 16,666 pages a year. To put things in perspective the entire Watergate Scandal from the break-in to the resignation of then Pres. Nixon only lasted from June of ’72 until Aug of ’74…The Warren Commission only lasted from Nov.of ’63 until Sept of’ ’64 and they were investigating the assassination of the president of the US. The final report issued to the public was only 888 pages long (true, there are 26 volumes still sealed but we wont live long enough for that release-but think about it-they did 26 volumes and a 888 page report  in less than 2 years). I honestly don’t think that Goodell expected the fan reaction (for/against) that he received when he issued his so called “punishment” and I really don’t think that he even perceived that players (current and former) would come forward and say that was status quo on defenses around the league. Even the Giants defense has come out and said that they were targeting the 49ers punt returner. So…what to do?…what to do? How do you punish one teams players and let the other teams players slide? I do not think that he has any proof of money actually changing hands between players for “bounties” He has a lot of hearsay and macho defensive player talk. Otherwise something would have happened by now. The longer he drags this out, the worse he is looking. In my opinion, he runs the league office with an above the law attitude. Refer back to the “Spygate” investigation and aftermath. When information was requested, he and his cronies informed everyone that all material pertaining to “Spygate”  was destroyed. But hear me out on this one…his day is coming and the way that he is running the NFL it might be sooner rather than later (the people in Minn. might show him and let him know that he doesn’t walk on water, but we shall see.