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NFL denies offering reduction of suspension deal to New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma

In an update to an article last night, the NFL is denying a report by ESPN that they have offered a deal to suspended New Orleans Saints linebacker JonathanVilma.

The report alleged that the NFL was offering Vilma the chance to have his season long suspension reduced to only eight games(nine weeks with a bye week added) if he were to drop his defamation suit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

As expressed in the previous article, I thought that even if this were true that Vilma would turn it down based on principle and also because it would be a plea bargain where he would be admitting some form of guilt.

If ESPN is not relenting, then it could mean that the NFL never meant for the story to reach the light of day and is putting on a united front.  In other words, “Hey we were just playing…I mean unless you’re serious”.

If anything this will only give Vilma and his legal team more ammunition since blood is in the water now.  Of course ESPN is also the one who reported on the alleged eavesdropping allegations on Saints general manager Mickey Loomis without doing the necessary fact checking.

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