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bevischief
05-02-2012, 11:37 AM
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828cf1cf/article/saints-jonathan-vilma-suspended-for-2012-season?module=HP11_breaking_news



New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the 2012 season, as the NFL handed down its player discipline Wednesday for the Saints' pay-for-performance "bounty" scandal.

Three other players -- Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith -- in addition to Vilma were notified that they have been suspended without pay for conduct detrimental to the NFL as a result of their leadership roles in the "bounty" program that endangered player safety over three seasons from 2009-2011.

“It is the obligation of everyone, including the players on the field, to ensure that rules designed to promote player safety, fair play, and the integrity of the game are adhered to and effectively and consistently enforced,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Respect for the men that play the game starts with the way players conduct themselves with each other on the field.”

The discipline breaks down, per a league release, as follows:

• Linebacker Jonathan Vilma of the Saints is suspended without pay for the 2012 NFL season, effective immediately per league policy for season-long suspensions.

• Linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns) is suspended without pay for the first three games.

• Defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) is suspended without pay for the first eight games.

• Will Smith of the Saints is suspended without pay for the first four games.

The players will have three days to appeal the punishments.

“In assessing player discipline,” Goodell said, “I focused on players who were in leadership positions at the Saints; contributed a particularly large sum of money toward the program; specifically contributed to a bounty on an opposing player; demonstrated a clear intent to participate in a program that potentially injured opposing players; sought rewards for doing so; and/or obstructed the 2010 investigation.”

“No bounty program can exist without active player participation,” Goodell added. “The evidence clearly showed that the players being held accountable today willingly and enthusiastically embraced the bounty program. Players put the vast majority of the money into this program and they share responsibility for playing by the rules and protecting each other within those rules.”

On April 16, sources close to the linebacker told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that Vilma was bracing himself for a suspension ranging anywhere from two to eight games.

Vilma was the only Saints player involved in the "bounty" scandal to see his name released to the public after the details emerged of a program in which then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams orchestrated a pay-for-performance system from 2009 through 2011 that rewarded players for cart off and knock-out hits.

Williams already has been suspended indefinitely by the league, while Saints head coach Sean Payton is suspended without pay for the 2012 season and general manager will miss the first eight games of the season. Assistant coach Joe Vitt, suspended six games for his role in the scandal, will serve as the team's interim head coach in Payton's absence.

According to a Sports Illustrated report from March, Vilma allegedly offered $10,000 to any player who could knock out then-Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre from the 2009 NFC Championship Game. During that game Favre endured a number of gruesome hits, and he suffered a nasty ankle injury late in the game.
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The Saints spent a portion of their offseason bolstering their linebacking corps, possibly in preparation for Vilma's punishment. The Saints signed middle linebacker Curtis Lofton away from the Atlanta Falcons in March, and later added former St. Louis Ram Chris Chamberlain.

Frankie
05-02-2012, 11:41 AM
The Saints are on our schedule, no? So the more suspensions the better. :thumb:

vailpass
05-02-2012, 11:42 AM
LMAO at Green Bay.

You knew these were coming. Goodell can not allow the NFL to be exposed to law suits from bounty hunting.

Rain Man
05-02-2012, 11:42 AM
Fujita, Fujita, Fujita...where did we go wrong?

Dicky McElephant
05-02-2012, 11:43 AM
Hopefully Brees won't be with them in week 2 as well.

bevischief
05-02-2012, 11:44 AM
Hopefully Brees won't be with them in week 2 as well.

We can only hope...

vailpass
05-02-2012, 11:46 AM
Glad to see Tracey Porter didn't get hit.

Direckshun
05-02-2012, 11:48 AM
Awesome.

This game is getting closer and closer to winnable.

Hoover
05-02-2012, 11:51 AM
We will have three running backs rush for 100 yards in this game! I hear we might not even play Cassel. Charles and HB, Hillis and FB, and McCluster at QB

Coogs
05-02-2012, 11:57 AM
Hopefully Brees won't be with them in week 2 as well.

Kind of sad when we want to play the opponents JV team? Not bagging on you either Pestilence, it's just the prevailing thought that if the other team is at full strength... we are probably in trouble. Can't wait until those days are behind us.

scho63
05-02-2012, 11:57 AM
I am stunned by this-Roger Goodell doesn't f*ck around!

Garcia Bronco
05-02-2012, 11:58 AM
Dude...the saints could sign Joe Mo in his prime and they are still going to get abused this season.

Cave Johnson
05-02-2012, 11:59 AM
I am stunned by this-Roger Goodell doesn't f*ck around!

Ginger Hammer'd.

Count Alex's Losses
05-02-2012, 12:04 PM
Awesome.

This game is getting closer and closer to winnable.

Don't be retarded.

They still have Drew Brees, we still have Matt Casshole.

It's game fucking over.

Iowanian
05-02-2012, 12:15 PM
Brett Favre should text Vilma a pic of his pickle.

Frankie
05-02-2012, 12:17 PM
Don't be retarded.

They still have Drew Brees, we still have Matt Casshole.

It's game ****ing over.

We'll run the ball and Brees won't see the field that much.

DJJasonp
05-02-2012, 12:17 PM
Don't be retarded.

They still have Drew Brees, we still have Matt Casshole.

It's game ****ing over.

Eh....somehow, we beat aaron rodgers and the undefeated pack last year with a 'b' squad.....anything can happen.

SNR
05-02-2012, 12:25 PM
Don't be retarded.

They still have Drew Brees, we still have Ricky Stanzi.

It's game fucking over. Chiefs win.
FYP

keg in kc
05-02-2012, 12:25 PM
Ricky Cassel.

Bump
05-02-2012, 12:27 PM
I'm starting to turn around to Goodell. He does look out for the health of players. Which is good.

Rain Man
05-02-2012, 12:30 PM
Vilma will be sitting at home all year watching football and offering his son quarters to take out his wife's knees.

the Talking Can
05-02-2012, 12:33 PM
vilma got f'd in the a

Okie_Apparition
05-02-2012, 12:35 PM
Beating the Chiefs with Cassel/Palko/Orton at QB still counts
don't see the problem

Bump
05-02-2012, 12:36 PM
Beating the Chiefs with Cassel/Palko/Orton at QB still counts
don't see the problem

um, yeah, Orton went to Dallas.

Okie_Apparition
05-02-2012, 12:38 PM
Good thing Palko is still around then

Xanathol
05-02-2012, 12:58 PM
I'm starting to turn around to Goodell. He does look out for the health of players. Which is good.

LMAO No he doesn't - he's making the Saints the fall guys so while he's in court with all the law suits for head injuries, he can use this as a vain example to say "see - we care, we really do!"

The fact he / the NFL has advertised this whole ordeal ( compared to sweeping Spygate under the rug ) and blatantly refuses to address the admissions of other teams / players trying to hurt players or running similar programs proves the point ( San Fran, NYG, Redskins, Bills, Titans, Jags, Green Bay, etc ). And don't forget - he refuses to display any of the evidence he claims to have, even to the NFLPA. Roger & the NFL are going to get sued.

Coogs
05-02-2012, 01:01 PM
Good thing Palko is still around then

:shake: Afraid not. He's gone too!

Thig Lyfe
05-02-2012, 01:16 PM
Drew Brees

Setsuna
05-02-2012, 07:15 PM
BAHAHAHA bout time someone from the U gets their just desserts after going to the NFL.

listopencil
05-02-2012, 07:19 PM
I'm starting to turn around to Goodell. He does look out for the health of players. Which is good.

NSFW



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Frankie
05-02-2012, 10:47 PM
I'm starting to turn around to Goodell. He does look out for the health of players. Which is good.

He's much better than that freaking Bronco loving Paul Taggybooboo.