New Orleans Saints Vilma unlikely to win appeal and avoid suspension

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August, 16, 2009; Metarie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) walks off the field during the Saints training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma gave it a good try but from recent rulings, it looks like the team’s starting middle linebacker will be out for the season.

I’ll say that I was really impressed with the way the player’s union tried to find a good loophole for their recent grievance against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

The union claimed that Goodell had no right to punish a player for incidents that occurred prior to the signing of the new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) last August that ended the lockout.

Not only Vilma, but fellow defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and Green Bay Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove have garnered suspensions as well for their alleged involvement in a “bounty” program while with the Saints.

Goodell stated that the investigation shows that the program started in 2009 and continued through last season.  He claims to have close to 15,000 pages of documents, including witness testimonies, to support the suspensions.

The union tried to render the first two seasons null saying that since the CBA was signed in August 2011, the prior two seasons would be the “fruit of the poison tree” and Goodell didn’t have the right to punish the players.

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Tags: Anthony Hargrove Cleveland Browns Green Bay Packers Joe Vitt Jonathon Vilma Mickey Loomis New Orleans Saints Roger Goodell Scott Fujita Sean Payton Will Smith

  • JoePetitjean

    Goodell is a ass anyway and he has it out for the Saints at any cost. 

  • larryjames836

    @JoePetitjean; A lot of people’s think Goodell is doing the right thing I disagree with all of his calling. If he going off of hearsay man the whole NFL is in trouble because he has the power to do what he wants that’s not right. But my hat goes off to Vilma for standing up to Roger Goodell its going to take someone like Tom Benson to control Goodell because he is really trying to pull the Saints organization down off of hearsay mess. I want to see if he going to suspend Harper because of hearsay if he do its call for Tom Benson to put his foot down on the NFL, if not NFL commissioner Roger Goodell going to destroy his organization.

  • JoePetitjean

    Tom Benson needs to remind Goodell that he commissioner is appointed by the owners,so he can lose the job at anytime.