Oct 31, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) celebrates with defensive end Will Smith (91) following a sack against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints defeated the Steelers 20-10. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints Appeals: Jonathan Vilma Says No To Adjournment


Two current, and two former, New Orleans Saints player’s are in New York to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell as they attempt to appeal varying suspensions for their alleged involvement in Gregg Williams “pay-for-performance” system.

Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith comprise the current Saints players facing suspension — Smith was suspended four games while Vilma the entire season.

Former Saints linebacker Scott Fujita, now with the Browns, and former defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove, now with the Packers, comprise the players no longer with the team.

Fujita is facing a four game suspension, while Hargrove will be forced to sit out eight games.

The appeals process was suppose to get underway this morning, but the NFL requested an adjournment for later this afternoon.

While Smith, Hargrove, and Fujita will wait patiently for their time with Goodell, Vilma declined after he and his attorney said they have yet to receive any proof of Vilma’s involvement.

Vilma and his camp have asked for the NFL’s evidence against him from the start, and they maintain that little to no “legitimate” proof has been provided as of yet.

The NFL claims to have direct knowledge that Vilma was the leader of Williams system, and not only was he instrumental in it’s foundation, but also offered up large sums of money to injure opposing quarterbacks.

Vilma adamantly denies the allegations, and has even brought a lawsuit against  Roger Goodell for defamation of character. It’s clear that Vilma is no fan of Goodell’s

Well, you’re basing that on the fact it would be a fair process, he said when asked about his decision to not speak. And I don’t know how you’d get a fair process when you have a judge, jury and executioner. He’s made a ruling, he’s obviously going to stick by that ruling. And it’s hard to go into that process assuming it’s going to be fair. You have to assume that it’s not. — Jonathan Vilma

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  • larryjames836

    Stand your ground Vilma show Goodell you not afriad of him he has everyone else in the league afriad but you stand sooner are later he will know you mean business this a the only way you going to beat him. He trying to waste your time and everyone else’s time the other players need to do the same together you stand, divided you fall don’t give Goodell know time to think. Vilma you thy man fight for your rights you has that right don’t worry what the people’s say you the one losing money the whole season.

  • LI Saint

    Do what you got to do JV and stand your ground. Goodell is really getting on my last nerve.

  • larryjames836

    @LI Saint; Do you think the paper work that were pick from the Saints computer were done by the Saints themselves. Coach Vitt think the documents is false, I believe someone been setting them up for 3 years for the coaches not opening their mouths showed love for the players and organization. All of the evidences not lining up someone else put this that computer if it were done by a coach it would have line up with what it meant. I hate that someone would want to hurt the organization this is childish whoever it maybe you are wrong for that payday is coming for whoever done these things the coaches did the right thing because they all may have been suspended for the whole year.

  • LI Saint

     @larryjames836  @LI
     Larry, who knows what is going on or what went on with this whole charade and the total breakdown of the league offices. I do think that the only way for any real truth to come out is through a lawsuit. Maybe and hopefully Vilma is on to something here that will expose everything. I do know that I am ready for some football and really ready to put this whole thing behind us