Report: Vilma, attorney cut appeal hearing short
That didn’t take long.
Jonathan Vilma’s appeal hearing or his full-season suspension was “cut short,” according to Bob Glauber of Newsday.
According to Glauber, Vilma and his attorney Peter Ginsberg truncated the session because they claimed NFL commissioner Roger Goodell did not provide evidence to them in time.
Ginsberg called the process a “sham” and now it would seem there is little chance for Vilma’s suspension to be reduced. As if there was much of a chance in the first place.
Presumably, Vilma will now turn his focus to the defamation lawsuit he has filed against Goodell, a suit that Ginsberg will be handling. The appeal hearing for Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith will continue. Based on a joint statement issued this morning, they do not seem very hopeful that a positive outcome will be realized.
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