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Jonathan Vilma knows the lockout will turn off the fans

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As the NFL’s players and owners continue their long battle over the billions of dollars that ultimately come out of the fans’ wallets, I sometimes wonder whether they realize the extent to which they’re jeopardizing the fans’ passion for the NFL.

So it’s always good to come across quotes from some of the players who do seem to get it.

One such player is Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who told the New Orleans Times-Picayune that he’s worried about how the fans will react to all the offseason news focusing on lawsuits and labor battles, instead of minicamps and free agents.

“It’s never a good look for the game,” Vilma said. “It’s never a good look for the fans to have the players and the owners arguing over money, and so hopefully we can get it worked out as soon as possible and get back playing.”

Vilma said he personally hasn’t been affected by the lockout: He’s working out on his own and has also kept busy with charity work in Haiti. But he doesn’t like the idea that this offseason is about the labor situation, not the game on the field.

“Unfortunately it hasn’t gone the way I wanted, just because I want to play football,” Vilma said. “We always talk about, ‘the business side of football,’ and we just try to get over these hurdles as quickly and as smoothly as possible.”

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12 Responses to “Jonathan Vilma knows the lockout will turn off the fans”
  1. CMH says: Apr 11, 2011 9:44 AM

    Breaking News: Ridiculously High Gas Prices Turn Off Americans

  2. nabz034 says: Apr 11, 2011 9:48 AM

    Why is this news?

  3. spikeit2times says: Apr 11, 2011 9:58 AM

    So much for the judicial order to “shut your mouths” and don’t talk to the media.

    Vilma is only stating the obvious in hopes of garnering some fan support for the players, but the judge needs to come down hard on this disregard for her rule or this could turn ugly as more decide to disregard the rule in a more uncouth maner.

  4. tombradyswig says: Apr 11, 2011 10:00 AM

    JV is a smart man, now tell your “leaders” to get back to the negotiating table… NOW.
    Oh, and please tell Drew to shut the hell up too!!!!

  5. breeshasabush says: Apr 11, 2011 10:15 AM

    gotta love Vilma

  6. gtmann says: Apr 11, 2011 10:25 AM

    At Least someone gets it

  7. nflpasux says: Apr 11, 2011 10:50 AM

    spikeit2times says: Apr 11, 2011 9:58 AM

    So much for the judicial order to “shut your mouths” and don’t talk to the media.

    Vilma is only stating the obvious in hopes of garnering some fan support for the players, but the judge needs to come down hard on this disregard for her rule or this could turn ugly as more decide to disregard the rule in a more uncouth maner.
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    Huh? When did Vilma become party to the lawsuit? His name isn’t Brady, Brees, Manning, Jackson, Leber, Mankins, Robison, Umenyiora, Vrabel, or Von Miller.

  8. bukes111 says: Apr 11, 2011 10:58 AM

    spikeit2times says:

    So much for the judicial order to “shut your mouths” and don’t talk to the media… but the judge needs to come down hard on this disregard for her rule or this could turn ugly as more decide to disregard the rule in a more uncouth maner.
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    What are you talking about? The gag order only applies to specifics stated during court. Not vague observations on the perceived fallout from fans. Vilma wasn’t pointing fingers at the owners and there was no name calling. What Vilma said was harmless and a non-story.

  9. melikefootball says: Apr 11, 2011 11:20 AM

    The more the players talk about they can’t afford this or that and more and more articles where they owe money living out of control lives,I see the owners side. NFL has got full of themselves and players are the main part, they are employees not the owners, they cry and cry yet don’t want to step up to the table and TALK. They bring Smith back with all his brash attiude, they need a meeting and look at the BIG picture and then start talks. The fans are tired of it, fans spend a whole lot of cash on their favorite teams and get nothing for it except raised prices at the gate. No player should be surprised that some fans are walking away from a sport that has lost its glamor, no less for how the players have responded to this walk out.

  10. thehighhat says: Apr 11, 2011 12:12 PM

    Good for Vilma. Now go talk to your thick-headed QB Drew Greed and tell him to shut up and get to work.

  11. puregreed says: Apr 11, 2011 1:08 PM

    Damn rights it will, I will not spend a dime on any NFL memoribilia this year, and they are the only clothes I wear. Hell I even sit on an NFL couch. NFL you will not get my 2-5 k this year it is going to the NHL, and I may never spend another dime on your product again.

  12. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 11, 2011 1:36 PM

    spikeit2times says: Apr 11, 2011 9:58 AM

    So much for the judicial order to “shut your mouths” and don’t talk to the media.

    Vilma is only stating the obvious in hopes of garnering some fan support for the players, but the judge needs to come down hard on this disregard for her rule or this could turn ugly as more decide to disregard the rule in a more uncouth maner.
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    Really? Are you that dense? So no player can say anything about football because the judge said so? Think not. They can’t talk about the case specifics.

    Think McFly, think.

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    thehighhat says: Apr 11, 2011 12:12 PM

    Good for Vilma. Now go talk to your thick-headed QB Drew Greed and tell him to shut up and get to work.
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    Vikings lost, suck it up, rebuild your stadium, and get over it.

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