Saints' Jonathan Vilma Leaves Hearing with Roger Goodell After Only an Hour
According to ESPN, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma left his hearing with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday after only an hour, calling the process “unfair.” Vilma was there to appeal his suspension, trying to make the case that he wasn’t involved in the bounty scandal that has dominated all news related to the Saints franchise this summer.
The linebacker’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said the NFL requested an adjournment to Monday afternoon, but he and Vilma refused. Ginsberg called the hearing “a sham” and said Goodell failed to present the evidence on which he based his decision to impose Vilma’s season-long suspension.
“Roger Goodell has taken three months to tear down what I built over eight years. It’s tough to swallow. I have been linked to a bounty and it simply is not true,” Vilma said.
“I don’t know how I can get a fair process when he is the judge, jury and executioner. You’re assuming it will be fair, but it’s not.”
Three other players were scheduled to have their appeals heard Monday afternoon: Saints defensive end Will Smith, docked for four games; Green Bay defensive end Anthony Hargrove, suspended for eight games; and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita, set to miss three games.
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