New Orleans Saints linebacker Vilma could set new standard for NFL rulings

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July 28, 2010; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma talks with the media during a press conference prior to the start of training camp at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and his attorney have been arguing his season long suspension is unjust.  The reason why could set new standards for rulings handed down from the NFL in the future.

In a nutshell, Vilma and his attorney have asked one simple question, “Where is the evidence?”  Or more importantly, where is the due process in the investigation?

In the criminal justice system, a defendant doesn’t have to prove their innocence.  The burden of proof rests upon the district attorney’s office who must prove their case “beyond a reasonable doubt”.

The defendant also has a right to face their accusers and also have complete access to all evidence and any witnesses that could be called to testify.  Vilma and his attorney say that they haven’t been given that.

This is where the opposite is occurring with Vilma and the other players named in the  investigation.  It seems that burden is resting upon them to prove their innocence.

At the risk of sounding biased, I’m not.  It’s just that no one should have to go this route to prove themselves.  If this works for our justice system, then why not the NFL?

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  • larryjames836

    I’m glad that other teams fans have seen the real NFL and what its all about even the public cannot mess with the gangster NFL to much outside help to much money being pour in to the NFL. All 32 teams must stand together against the NFL because if not every team are going to suffer sooner or later like I said it not about a bounty hunter its about the Super Bowl. With the Saints hosting the game the NFL Don’t want them to host it and win it to but he can’t stop that Super Bowl win this is where the Saints will get Roger Goodell when he must come on that stage and hand the Saints that championship trophy to Tom Benson or Sean Payton if the Saints fans don’t put a rope around his neck. This means Roger Goodell are going to do what he want to do not the Saints only but every team in the NFL all you 31 teams fans get ready your team might be next. Roger Goodell you will represent the Saints in the 2013 Super Bowl you know who the best team in the NFL that is why you trying to pull the Saints down but we are stronger than last year you going to serve us that trophy in 2013 mark this on your calendar.

  • larryjames836

    All you Saints haters I must give it to Vilma he stood up to Roger Goodell, Vilma knew he had Goodell where he wanted. But somewhere the NFL and owners, and players made some kind of agreement wish gave Roger Goodell a lot of power and day so this was a bad move. No team are safe with the power and say so he has Roger Goodell is about as bad as the attorney general do whatever he wants to anyone. All you haters talking about the Saints going to have your year with Goodell punishment on your team.

  • JoePetitjean

    The owners might want a change after what Goodell has put this league through. 

  • LI Saint

    We’ll all see what’s going to happen but Goodell seems to operating under his own set of rules and really really believes that he is beyond reproach. If Vilma takes this outside the realm of the NFL league offices then something might change (or if it goes to arbitration). Goodell is doing everything he can to block all kinds of appeals. I think that I read somewhere that the 50,000 pages has shrunk down to 18,000. What is really going on with Goddie and his Mob?