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New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma released a statement through his attorney regarding his 2012 season suspension for his actions in the saints bounty program.
I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the NFL’s decision to suspend me for the 2012 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell has refused to share any of the supposed evidence he claims supports this unprecedented punishment. The reason is clear: I never paid, or intended to pay, $10,000, or any amount of money, to any player for knocking Kurt Warner, Brett Favre or any other player out of the 2009 Divisional playoff game, 2010 NFC Championship Game or any other game.
I never set out to intentionally hurt any player and never enticed any teammate to intentionally hurt another player. I also never put any money into a bounty pool or helped to create a bounty pool intended to pay out money for injuring other players. I have always conducted myself in a professional and proud manner.
I intend to fight this injustice, to defend my reputation, to stand up for my team and my profession, and to send a clear signal to the commissioner that the process has failed, to the detriment of me, my teammates, the New Orleans Saints and the game.
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Today the NFL handed down its long anticipated punishments of Saints players involved in "bountygate." As was widely believed, Jonathan Vilma was the player hit heaviest, getting a one year suspension. Here's exactly how the suspensions break down.
LB Jonathan Vilma is suspended for 2012 NFL season, effective immediately.
LB Scott Fujita (now with the Browns) is...
The news just keeps getting more grim for Saints fans this off season. Per NFL insider Mike Freeman the league has suspended star linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his participation in the bounty system that was uncovered earlier this year: Vilma, who was a Saints team captain, allegedly offered a $10,000 [...]
Affect the head.
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The NFL has issued the long awaited player penalties for Bounty Gate.
Saints MLB Jonathan Vilma as expected will get hit with a year-long suspension.
The league concluded that as defensive captain, Vilma aided DC Gregg Williams in the implementation of the program. His suspension is effective immediately.
For the complete list and a recap video of today's punishments please...
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