Sept 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell before the game between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma will attempt to change the mind of Roger Goodell


Since New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma isn’t out of the woods yet concerning his season-long suspension, his lawyer Peter Ginsberg said that Vilma would be willing to meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discuss the matter further.

Vilma, along with Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove, had their suspensions appealed on Friday and for the moment are “free”.  But the matter is being sent back to Goodell to review the matter.

The appeals board said the bounty suspensions were more of a conduct issue concerning the players which Goodell does have the authority to pass punishment on.  This leaves some thinking Goodell will simply reinstate the suspensions for all four players.

In an effort to once again broker some sort of resolution, the NFL set today as the deadline for the players to present any information to the NFL, or more accurately, Goodell.

Ginsberg stated this about Vilma wanting to meet with Goodell:

“Jonathan has been and continues to be willing to cooperate in any way that helps the truth come out.  We hope the Commissioner keeps an open mind and doesn’t feel restricted by his previous and clearly erroneous conclusions.”

In short, Ginsberg and Vilma are simply asking for a fair shake from the Commissioner.  Vilma has contended all along that he never put a bounty on any player.  But Goodell still says that even the pay-for-performance the players admitted to constitutes as a “bounty” and unacceptable conduct from a player.

The only thing that Vilma will have working against him is that Goodell must now save face of sorts and show the players and the public that he is in control.  Of course the whole, “Victory is mine!”, tweet from Vilma on Friday may not smooth things out too much either.

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  • Larry James

    NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the back of his mind the New Orleans Saints had a bounty program. Hopefully when they meet they would come up with a fair understanding because bounty programs is in every NFL team. And its not fair to be hard on one team and they all has or had a bounty program my opinion its not all about bounty its all about hearsay. This is why its all mess-up because Roger Goodell covering up for the witnesses don’t want them to be cross examine by the lawyers. And this is not fair to the players the truth must be known before the league and players can move on. This not going to solve the concussion issues within the NFL because you can get a concussion in training camp or at practices. I thank the NFL wants the New Orleans Saints down this year, KILL THE HEAD, THE TAIL WILL DIE is a sling in a locker room. But when the NFL commissioner takes a team head coach for the entire season, on the real this is a performance because the commissioner knows this is a team weakness so Roger Goodell took Sean Payton away from his team. This was a hate act by KILLING THE HEAD COACH and hoping the New Orleans Saints goes down because Roger Goodell knows that Sean Payton are the second or third best coach in the NFL so the tail is not going to die.