New Orleans Saints Vilma unlikely to win appeal and avoid suspension

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The union also wanted the appeals to the suspensions by the four players to not be heard by Goodell and instead an independent arbitrator that would be impartial.

Unfortunately, an arbitrator for the union’s grievance ruled that Goodell does have the right to suspended the players and also hear their upcoming appeals on the matter.

If it’s anything like the appeals for suspensions of head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis then the appeal hearing scheduled for June 18 shouldn’t take long.

In general, Goodell will want to hear any “new” evidence or material that would contradict his current player discipline.  He made this very clear after hearing the other appeals and everyone saw how that turned out.

Unless Vilma and the other players are holding something close to a shattering piece of evidence such as audio or written statements that prove their innocence, Goodell’s mind is pretty much made up.

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  • 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.