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Vitt appeals his suspension, too

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On the same day that Saints coach Sean Payton appealed his one-year suspension, Saints assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt did the same.

Vitt is represented by David Cornwell, who also serves as executive director of the NFL Coaches Association.

“Vitt and I discussed our concern that his appeal be consistent with the association’s view that coaches also coach sportsmanship and fair play,” Cornwell said by email.  “Based on these discussions, I am confident that Joe’s appeal and his long history in the NFL are consistent with our belief that there is no place at any level of football for bounties that target players.”

Vitt was suspended six games for his role in the team’s three-year bounty system, a punishment that was imposed also for multiple instances of lying to NFL investigators about the use of bounties.

If his suspension is overturned, Vitt could become a candidate to serve as the interim head coach.  But with the appeal being heard by the same person who imposed it, a reduction would serve only to make Commissioner Roger Goodell seem wishy-washy.

In 2010, Vitt’s name emerged in a lawsuit filed by former Saints director of security Geoff Santini, who alleged that Vitt was caught on videotape stealing Vicodin from the team’s in-house supply of medications.  The case was referred to arbitration, and it’s unknown whether the league ever took any specific action against Vitt.

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18 Responses to “Vitt appeals his suspension, too”
  1. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 30, 2012 3:01 PM

    Vitt’s name coming up for all the wrong reasons. He wishes he could go back to just being and another Joe.

  2. weswelkerspornstash says: Mar 30, 2012 3:06 PM

    There goes a quiet off season

  3. mogogo1 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    “If his suspension is overturned, Vitt could become a candidate to serve as the interim head coach. ”
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    Wow, that’s a stretch. Parcells is the first pick and Carmichael and Spagnuolo are the internal guys who have a real shot.

  4. fulanekiffin says: Mar 30, 2012 3:15 PM

    I don’t care if they are an NFL franchise, having a facility in house of controlled substances like pain killers and such should not be allowed.

  5. sj39 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:25 PM

    They just don’t seem to think what they did was all that bad. Goodell is gonna be pissed.

  6. eballa1 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:26 PM

    mogogo1 says:
    Mar 30, 2012 3:07 PM
    “If his suspension is overturned, Vitt could become a candidate to serve as the interim head coach. ”
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    Wow, that’s a stretch. Parcells is the first pick and Carmichael and Spagnuolo are the internal guys who have a real shot.

    Why is that a stretch? Vitt was interim head coach when Payton was hurt last season, and was the obvious 1st choice until he was suspended this year.

  7. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Mar 30, 2012 3:28 PM

    that sounds like a great opportunity for vitt to take advantage of easier access to narcotics

  8. wtfru2 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:28 PM

    So much for taking responsibility…..

  9. cowboycjn says: Mar 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    Gonna be interesting how this all works out.

  10. godofwine330 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:30 PM

    Which is why it isn’t good to have the person who imposed the suspension be the same person who hears the appeal. Wishy-washy. I can think of a few other names for The Commish.

  11. blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    mogogo1 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:07 PM

    “If his suspension is overturned, Vitt could become a candidate to serve as the interim head coach. ”
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    Wow, that’s a stretch. Parcells is the first pick and Carmichael and Spagnuolo are the internal guys who have a real shot.

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    No Vitt was the first pick to replace Payton… until he got suspended. I’m still curious to see how many Saints defenders will get suspended.

  12. chachanola says: Mar 30, 2012 4:18 PM

    seems wishy already… what type of company has evidence of something lays out discipline and never shows the evidence to the people envolved. With all rule books written..You never wrote a rule book on HR policies of employees….wow

  13. catquick says: Mar 30, 2012 4:25 PM

    Dream on fella’s, you’re cooked. You got less than you deserved, and Goodell would just look weak and ineffective if he caved. Not a chance.

  14. jason1980 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:39 PM

    I can’t wait for the Saints to spank them some rear end this season. Winning, smash mouth franchises, sure do attract the jealous haters. Who Dat Nation wears your scorn like a badge of honor. Keep it coming, because the Saints are coming to get ya!

  15. thraiderskin says: Mar 30, 2012 4:47 PM

    He needs to appeal, he is an assistant coach in all this… even if he didn’t like it, what could he really do, run to the owner and lose all credibility with the rest of the staff? I’m not saying he should win, but what can it hurt to try… same with Payton.

  16. musicman495 says: Mar 30, 2012 5:00 PM

    fulanekiffin says: Mar 30, 2012 3:15 PM

    I don’t care if they are an NFL franchise, having a facility in house of controlled substances like pain killers and such should not be allowed.
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    Right, because what would a football team need with pain killers?

  17. saintsvstheworld says: Mar 30, 2012 5:09 PM

    Loomis and the Saints are appealing theirs too…this is America people…we are all afforded these rights. By the way…beware of Saints Vs The World and they know full well where the SB is in 2013…don’t be shocked when they come out the gate on fire. Don’t expect to see this team, much less a city like New Orleans put their tale between their legs over this. Expect them to embrace it…Saints will raise hell this season. Thumb it down all you want…just watch what happens come Sept, Oct…Dec, Jan and yes, maybe even February! You’ll remember this post when it happens.

  18. rabbdogg says: Mar 30, 2012 11:53 PM

    sean payton says “hi haters!”

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