Jonathan Vilma wants all the evidence NFL has on him in appeal
Not only has New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma appealed his year-long suspension for participating in the bounty scandal, as expected, he has requested the NFL provide to him all of the evidence it has on him.
James Varney of the New Orleans Times-Picayune has a copy of the letter Vilma and his representatives have sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. You can see the entire letter right here.
Vilma requests “all documents and communications evidencing a ‘pay-for-performance/bounty’ program, including, but not limited to, any ledger, notebook, record or record book, payment slip, note or entry of any sort, or evidencing that no such ‘pay-for-performance/bounty’ program existed and/or involved Mr. Vilma” and more.
Basically, Vilma’s party wants to see hard evidence Goodell and the NFL have against him in suspending him for the entire 2012 season. It remains to be seen how the league will respond. What is pretty clear, based on the appeals Goodell heard from coaches involved, is that Vilma doesn’t have much of a chance here.
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