Found May 02, 2012 on
The Saints Nation:
The bounty gate waiting game may have finally met it's end. Even if you are outraged, or agree, with the latest, I think we can all find some relief in the concept that this could all be over now and we can move on. The suspensions are the following: Jonathan Vilma for an entire year, Will Smith for four games, Anthony Hargrove for 8 games and Scott Fujita for 3 games. How Roman Harper escaped suspension is a shock to me, but it also proves the NFL had little to no proof on the player. We already knew Hargrove's guilt based on the words caught on tape following Brett Favre's injury in the NFC Championship game. We already knew Vilma's guilt based on the reported bounty he made on Favre. Fujita had extended meetings with the NFL, and we all know he's honest, so all the evidence they got on him was probably hand delivered. Lastly, we can assume Smith was likely implicated due to his captaincy.
In the end the Hargrove and Fujita suspensions mean nothing since neither player is on the team. The Vilma suspension for the year is what it is... it doesn't surprise me Goodell was harsh on him. He did himself no favors by putting the Sports Illustrated Bounty Gate story cover as his twitter picture, and constantly taking a defying approach to authority in this investigation. I will say I think it's absolutely ridiculous when you consider Donte Stallworth got one year for killing a man while driving drunk and high, but I'm not going to waste time whining. Goodell will do whatever he wants. At least the Saints signed many linebackers to cushin this blow. As far as Smith, that one hurts more. You'll remember how big of a mess the defensive ends were last year when Smith was on suspension, and the Saints have largely done nothing to repair the lack of depth at that position. We'll have to hope veterans Junior Galette and Cam Jordan, among others, can really step up.
Now that this is over the Saints can focus on getting the Brees deal done.
BEST OF MAXIM
While linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith prepare to challenge their suspensions, the Saints finally are able to start planning for next season, knowing their defense, although hurt, won't be decimated.
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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 [...]
It's probably safe to assume there won't be any more bounty programs in the NFL, at least not for a long time. Roger Goodell and the league took their latest steps in disciplining the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday, and it's not good for the players involved. The league announced the suspensions of four players on Wednesday morning. The biggest ban came down for Saints...
The NFL has handed out penalties stemming from the New Orleans Saints “bounty scandal.” As promised, Commissioner Goodell came out swinging. Scott Fujita, whose currently with the Browns, suspended three games, Anthony Hargrove suspended eight games, Will Smith suspended four games, Jonathan Vilma suspended for the entire season. “It is the obligation of everyone, including [...]
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 suspended...
Roger Goddell has already handed down plenty of punishment in connection with the New Orleans Saints "Bountygate" scandal. On Wednesday, the sanctions got just a bit worse. Three current Saints players and one former player were all handed suspensions for their role in connection to the "pay for pain" scandal. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma got the worst of it, being...
Text Wednesday of the statement released by the NFL on penalties for players involved in the New Orleans Saints' pay-for-performance/bounty program:
Four players - Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, and Jonathan Vilma - were notified today that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the New Orleans...
The New Orleans Saints relished the chance to deliver knockout blows to opponents. In response, the NFL has slapped the team with enough suspensions to make them woozy.
The final tally of penalties for the Saints' play-for-pay bounty scandal includes administrators, coaches and, now, players. In all, New Orleans was dealt suspensions without pay for a total of 50 games (plus...