New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees recently submitted an affidavit in support of teammate linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s attempt in a defamation suit and a temporary restraining order (TRO) against the suspension from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The true question is will it help him or be another piece of paper that gets shoved with all the others? Will this plea from Brees really hit the heartstrings of a legal system that can be cold as ice?
The hard truth is that this heartfelt and sincere attempt by Brees as well as interim head coach Joe Vitt and head athletic trainer Scottie Patton could fail to do what is attempting to do, which is save Vilma’s career a major setback as well as with the Saints.
In all three affidavits the main theme is that Vilma’s suspension could have a major impact on the team, the community, and Vilma’s rehabilitation of his injured knee.
The linebacker is currently trying to recover from the injury that he suffered last season and forced him to miss multiple games, forcing linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar to step in for him.
At the time, the severity of the injury was unknown but the effect was evident. When Vilma did return to the field, he was not as explosive and the brute force he once had was lacking.