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Thoughts on June 18, 2012, players’ hearing before Roger Goodell

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Ginsberg using an example of Ornstein emails one that Ornstein states was a joke (one would assume this is the email from prison) and the other regarded a contribution to Williams’ charity.

He states using these emails as evidence distorts the record.  Ginsberg then refers to Williams’ declaration the terms “cart off, whacks, and kill the head” refer to legal hits and not to a bounty program.  He also states Williams and Cerullo have both

“retracted directly and affirmatively and without equivocation any claims they have previously made about a bounty program. You have not disclosed to us those retractions. You have certainly not included it in any of your untimely evidence.”

Ginsberg then refers to ledger leaked to Jason Cole of the media that detailed payments purportedly related to one game and then was corrected by Cole to refer to another game.  He states this leaked memo then did not make it into the official record.  Ginsberg then makes a strongly worded affirmative statement:

“Jonathan Vilma has never participated in a bounty program. He has never put up any money designed to hurt an opposing player. He has never received any money for hurting another player. He has never intended to hurt another player. And he has never in any way provided any incentive for any of his teammates to have [sic] hurt another player.”

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