Originally posted on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 9/19/12

The ensuing ‘Bounty Gate’ scandal took the New Orleans Saints organization by storm and turned an inspirational franchise into a nightmare. Everyone already knows the casualties of the scandal included Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma. When the NFL handed down his season-long suspension this past offseason, it was a punishment based on symbolism. If the accusations were true, then every player on the Saints would have known or been involved in the scandal, but the league didn’t believe the public could accept punishments against everyone on the Saints organization. On 9/7/12, a Federal Court appeals panel overturned the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. However, there is no victory for Jonathan Vilma, whose career is hanging on threads .… Read more

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