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

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Smith released this following statement in regards to the ruling:

“I am disappointed the NFL has punished me with a four game suspension,” Smith said.  “I have never in my career, nor as a Captain asked others, to intentionally target and hurt specific opposing players.  I was in no way involved in establishing or assisting Gregg Williams with implementing a bounty program.  The accusations made against me are completely and one-hundred percent false, and I plan to appeal the decision along with the help of the NFL Players Association.

Just like Vilma, Smith also stated that the Commissioner has not met with him nor has he seen any of the alleged evidence against him in the investigation before or after the rulings against them.

Both players appear to want to appeal the case although some don’t think that there will be much of a chance if Goodell hears them both, much like he did with head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis.

Of course, the players aren’t the only ones looking for evidence.  Saints fans are also wanting to see the alleged evidence against Vilma and Smith which unfortunately may never be made public.

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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!