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Bounty hearings get started again with more testimony on Monday


Jun 12, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Brad Childress watches his quarterbacks during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

After the bounty appeal hearings got kicked off last week, it included some testimony from two people(Gregg Williams and Mike Cerullo) who are considered to be Public Enemy #1 by New Orleans.  Today will feature even more individuals set to give their side of the story.

According to Larry Holder  of The Times-Picayune, interim head coach Joe Vitt is scheduled to testify at the hearing while New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith will once again be in attendance.

The hearings are now being held in New Orleans after convening in Washington, D.C. last week.  This should make it easier for all three as the team gets ready to travel to take on the New York Giants on Sunday.

Holder also reported that former Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress arrived this morning saying,

"I’m here for some business and then I’m headed back to Cleveland."

Childress is also not popular around the New Orleans area since he is viewed to be the main person to get the bounty investigation started after he alerted league officials that he heard that the Saints had a bounty program in play during the 2010 NFC Championship game.

Allegedly former Vikings defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy, approached Childress and told him of hearing about the bounty system from Saints players.  Kennedy called the claim “a lie.” 

Arbitrator Paul Tagliabue says that he expects to make an expedited ruling after the hearings are concluded with December 4th being a date that was mentioned at the start as being the day he’d like to be finished.

Vilma is reported to testify either today or tomorrow at the latest.  A quick resolution would be a breath of fresh air after the initial hearing dragged on for what seemed like an eternity.