The NFL says, no that’s not the case. There is a rumor circulating that the NFL may reduce Jonathon Vilma’s year long suspension to just 8 games.
“Today’s report about a settlement offer by the league to Jonathan Vilma is completely inaccurate,” the league said in a statement. ”No such settlement offer has been made. We will continue to respect the court proceedings on this matter and have no further comment at this time.”
Lets hope Vilma’s suspension stands. Why do I say this? It’s not because I dislike the Saints. In fact, over the last several years, I’ve become an honorary member of “who dat nation.” Having Drew Brees perennially on your fantasy team will do that. So why the hate here? I dislike seeing unnecessary lawsuits, in general. If Vilma played the role in the bounty scandal which has been reported — then he deserves to be gone for all of 2012.
If the NFL reduces Vilma’s suspension in lieu of additional evidence that exonerates the linebacker, Goodell has lost a good deal of his power. This could set a terrible precedence for the NFL going forward.
Some say that Goodell is too powerful. I’m not so sure. After all, we are talking about a league in which the media finds it relevant to report on the number of “days without an arrest,” you know there have been a preponderance off the field issues historically.
Vilma is a former University of Miami Hurricane. That program has its own history of off the field shenanigans. Again, I’ve often sided with “the U.” So, no bias there either.
That said, seeing a blue chip football player like Vilma turn to suing is pathetic. That’s not how they do it at “the U.” I’d expect Vilma to wait for Goodell in an alley outside the NFL offices and shake him down there. Instead he is suing him for defamation. He’s not suing the NFL for suspending him under false pretenses. This doesn’t make me think Vilma is innocent. Not at all.
To fans, or at least to me, it simply appears that Vilma just hates Goodell (like most of the NFL stars). These superstars aren’t used to hearing the word ‘no.’ When big daddy Goodell starts punishing these guys — who have never been disciplined — they are dumbfounded. Can he do that?
Yes, Goodell can. And he should. He’s the ultimate boss of the NFL. The CEO, if you will. Welcome to the real world, Vilma. You **** up, you pay the consequences. In the real, real world, if an employee did something like this in corporate America they’d be out of the company for good. Vilma should take his medication, and shut his mouth.