Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Vilma among three Saints Players Suspended for Bounty Participation

The National Football League has announced that New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma will be suspended for the entire 2012 season for his participation in the bounty scandal. Vilma, the heart and soul of the Saints defense, was among four players total to face a suspension.

Defensive end Will Smith, four games, defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (now with Packers), eight games, and linebacker Scott Fujita (now with Browns), three games, are the remaining players to be hit by the league with a suspension. They will have three days to appeal their respective suspensions, though I find it highly unlikely they will be able to overturn the ruling.

Following a thorough investigation, the league has discovered that Vilma was the ring leader and helped run the bounty program with then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

An entire season sounds like a lot, but if you ask me I believe it was warranted. If head coach Sean Payton gets a season, then there's no doubt Vilma should be penalized for assisting Williams and leading the NO defense in the program. Not to mention providing some money in the program.

Williams has been suspended by the league indefinitely already, so disciplining the players looks to be the final step in the suspension process.

Again, I do not expect any of the four to win the appeal, and unfortunately we will miss out on watching Vilma play until 2013.

Is it possible that we can finally put this behind us and focus on preparing for the 2012 season? I sure hope so..

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