Let's start off by saying this whole thing is a load of crap. If you have not heard the suspensions here they are: Jonathan Vilma is suspended for entire 2012 season, Will Smith 4 games, Anthony Hargrove suspended 8 games (Now a packer), Scott Fujita 3 games (Now a Brown). All suspensions are also without pay. This is probably one of the biggest scandals in the NFL with Roger Goodell being the judge, the jury, and the prosecutor. From the very start, I was with the players and I still am, but I will admit that I am now a little bit sketched out about Vilma's statement,
|Four Players that were suspended|
“I never set out to intentionally hurt any player and never enticed any teammate to intentionally hurt another player. I also never put any money into a bounty pool or helped to create a bounty pool intended to pay out money for injuring other players. I have always conducted myself in a professional and proud manner.
“I intend to fight this injustice, to defend my reputation, to stand up for my team and my profession, and to send a clear signal to the commissioner that the process has failed, to the detriment of me, my teammates, the New Orleans Saints and the game.’’
The way Vilma makes this sound is that he never did a thing wrong. I don't think I can 100% believe in that. Goodell obviously had to have some kind of evidence to give such harsh suspensions, but when someone stands up to Goodell like this there is an issue. I really think Goodell stepped way over his boundaries here. Many times Roger has gone with light suspensions but to go out like this and give these suspensions is a bit ridiculous. I do get it that they broke the rules and the NFL is trying to move towards flag football, but this is way to far. @RealSkipBayless made the point that the players had to listen to their superiors (Coaches) but I don't believe that. To a certain extent, players have the ability to tell their coaches "no." If the players don't want to play, the coaches are screwed. I think Gregg Williams decided to implement the bounty system for a couple games, and Goodell decided to blow all of it out of proportion. Since the players did break the rules, the do deserve suspensions, but definitely not to that extent.