In the ongoing court case set to be heard this month in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Drew Brees has filed an affidavit on behalf of Jonathan Vilma. There is a settlement conference (such conferences are normally scheduled in order to save taxpayer monies by attempting to resolve matters) scheduled for July 23, 2012.
A hearing on a restraining order against the NFL is scheduled on July 26, 2012. This hearing is an attempt by Vilma to block the NFL’s season long suspension so that he can rejoin his team for training camp and beyond. Brees’ affidavit speaks to the matter before the court on July 26.
In the affidavit, Brees avers he has no knowledge of any pay to injure scheme and has yet to see any evidence that would substantiate these allegations.
Further, Brees states he has found Vilma to be a man of integrity who passionately plays the game of football within the framework of the rules and has respect for his opponent.
Brees concludes his affidavit by noting Vilma’s absence will have a significant impact on the team and the community as the team’s ability to positively affect the community is directly related to the manner in which the team competes.
No matter the outcome of the trial before Helen “Ginger” Berrigan, it cannot be said that Vilma’s coaches and team mates did not join him in the fray.