Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/21/12
After playing his first regular-season game of the year on Sunday, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma reportedly said he's satisfied that his appeal in the bounty case suspensions will be handled by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue. "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator," Vilma told NFL Network's Jeff Darlington. "We expect that he'll do things in a neutral capacity that will allow us to cross-examine some of the witnesses, that will allow us to see some of the evidence." Vilma doesn't know what to expect. "The old cliche, 'One week at a time.' I'll just focus on the week at hand," he said. "Even if I knew what to expect, I'd still only be focused on one game." Current NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the appeals process. The hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30. There is some debate about whether Tagliabue would be a neutral party. But the league does not seem to suggest Tagliabue is a "neutral" arbiter.. "He's the commissioner's designated appeals officer per the CBA process," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told Mike Florio of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk. "It is the system negotiated with the union for commissioner discipline. He is appointed by the commissioner. He is no different from any other commissioner designee to hear appeals of various disciplinary matters. Those people have included Jeff Pash, Harold Henderson, Bob Wallace and Jay Moyer, and courts have agreed that those individuals, all of whom are affiliated with the NFL, are entirely appropriate for that role."
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Jamaal Charles’ workload won’t be limited if healthy

Report: Westbrook doesn’t want trade, will think about extension

Chargers don’t know if Joey Bosa will report to camp

Report: RG3 to be given four out of five first-team reps

Chris Sale says White Sox put business over winning

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Peterson likely entering last season with Vikings

Cubs trade for Chapman a risk, but potential payoff too hard to ignore

White Sox fan wears a fantastic taped-up Chris Sale jersey

Wisconsin kicker will wear 27 to honor Nebraska's Sam Foltz

Dennis Schroder wears disguise to play in German streetball tournament

Browns indicate they will give Josh Gordon another chance

Chris Sale’s so-called ‘apology’ was anything but

Ten hottest golfers heading into 2016 PGA Championship

Five NFL sophomores poised to break out in 2016

Tre Mason's family concerned about RB's mental health?

Dion Waiters' deal signals the end of the 2016 money grab

Tom Jackson could leave ESPN after almost three decades

Cavs sign coach Tyronn Lue to a five-year extension

More than 10,000 people registered for Jaguars Pokemon Go night

NFL issues new concussion protocol

Angels listening to offers on Hector Santiago

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

Kevin Durant’s OKC restaurant will be closed, rebranded

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Effect of ban on Russia could span beyond the Olympic Games

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

QUIZ: Name every city to host the NBA All-Star Game

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker