New Orleans Saints Vilma, Smith asks everyone to "hold judgement"; Hargrove confessed

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Aug 28, 2011; Oakland CA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) leaves the field before the game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the entire upcoming season effective immediately for his alleged role in a “bounty” program the team had.  But he’s asking for the public to hold their opinions for now.

Vilma has received much support from Saints fans themselves as well as other players in the NFL.  But Vilma still felt the need to clear the air a bit earlier by this tweet:

@JonVilma51:  Adversity reveals character…when the dust settles, I hope the only thing left is the truth…hold judgement until then

He released a statement following the announcement of the suspensions denying any involvement in any such program and saying that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has refused to share the alleged evidence in the case.

Vilma also said that Goodell has not met with him in regards to the investigation or the suspensions.  Up until today Vilma thought he would receive an eight game suspension at the most.

Along with Vilma, the Saints will be missing the services of defensive end Will Smith who will be suspended for four games.  Smith also denies any involvement in a “bounty” program.

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  • Backup Quarterback Blog

    Not sure either suspension will hurt the Saints much in 2012.  Having said that, Vilma changing his Twitter avatar to the SI Bounty Cover is disrespectful.

  • Backup Quarterback Blog

    Not sure either suspension will hurt the Saints much in 2012.  Having said that, Vilma changing his Twitter avatar to the SI Bounty Cover is disrespectful.  http://www.backupquarterbackblog.blogspot.com/2012/05/saints-player-suspensions-wont-hurt-too.html

  • LI Saint

    Another informative piece from the “Who Dat Dish” as usual. I believe that the only way anything will be made public is if the players involved take the NFL through the civilian court system and I don’t know if they will do that. What are the chances, Gene? On another note, this is behind us now and we have to move on and make the best of what we have. It could have been a lot worse. We can cover the loss of both Vilma and Smith (at least I think so). I still see the Saints winning the NFC South. What’s the latest on the Brees signing? The major outlets are only reporting “unnamed sources” and we all know how that works out as far as the truth is concerned. Keep up the good work!!

  • larryjames836

    @LI Saint ; This is what I’m waiting on for his signing of contract what if he sign tended on the tag would this set his salary cap if sign the one year this will not cover what he looking for.

  • Gene Higginbotham

    LI Saint: thanks for the compliment. This onion has many layers to it. Not over by a longshot! Thanks for reading WDD!