Saints Jonathan Vilma's positive meeting turns sour not long after ending; ambush by Goodell?

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If what Vilma says is true, then the league could have used this as leverage to force Williams’ hand to the pen.  What makes this conspiracy theory a little more substantial is that the declaration was signed four days ago on September 14th which is not long after Vilma agreed to meet Goodell.

Was this an attempt by Goodell to catch Vilma off guard and ambush him with this new evidence under the pretence of a peace meeting?  While you may not want to call it an ambush, you can be certain that Goodell knew what he was doing and wanted to surprise Vilma with this declaration.

Of course Williams’ declaration and Cerullo’s declaration contradict each other according to sources but this doesn’t seem to matter too much.  From the way things are shaking out now, it will very likely be that Goodell will use the “solid” evidence to reinstate Vilma’s suspension according to conduct detrimental to the league.


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  • Larry James

    This is far from over NFL digging a deeper hole how can you come that just been sign a few days before you meet with players. No judge going to go for that something wrong with this whole thang here. Take it back to the court Vilma don’t get railroaded.

  • Barry Soetoro

    vilma is guilty—the race card will be next–book it.

  • Tomeaux

    With supposedly over 5,000 pages of evidence that have never been shared, a signed declaration from a coerced witness 4 days ago — makes Goodell look kind of desperate. Vilma may be suspended, but he will certainly win his defamation of character lawsuit and damages against Goodell. How do you use a 4 day old declaration as evidence as to why you suspended someone 4 months ago?

    This stinks! Goodell is scapegoating the Saints and Vilma for activities that every team was guilty of. Hell, go back to when Buddy Ryan wasCoaching the Eaglesand Jimmy Johnson was Coaching the Cowboys, and the “bounties” in those two games annually alone were discussed on the NFL today program.