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Full text of statement from Jonathan Vilma’s lawyer regarding bounty ledger

[Editor’s note:  Peter Ginsberg, who represents Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, issued on Saturday a “Statement Regarding the NFL’s So-Called Ledger.”  The full text of the statement appears below.]

The story published by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports yesterday quoting two anonymous sources suggesting that there exists a supposed ledger showing the existence of a Bounty Program run by the New Orleans Saints is yet more evidence of how misguided and irresponsible Commissioner Goodell has been in handling this issue.  Even the sources’ own description of the “ledger” undermines the Commissioner’s allegations and accusations:

  • Commissioner Goodell accuses Saints players of putting money on the head of specific opposing players – the so-called ledger, as described by the anonymous sources, identifies no players, either Saints or opposing players;
  • Commissioner Goodell accuses the Saints defensive teams with having operated a Bounty Program – statistics of the 2009 Buffalo Bills game, which the anonymous sources first identified as the game in question, and the 2009 Carolina Panthers game, which the sources now claim is the game in question, show that opposing defensive players, not offensive players, were the brunt of any physical plays; and
  • Commissioner Goodell must know, having been told by the author of the so-called ledger as well as by numerous other people, that a Saints assistant coach passed out minimal amounts of money for good, clean, legal plays, and that the “whacks” and “cart-off,” though regrettably named, were descriptions of good, clean, legal plays, and that any dirty or penalized play resulted in fines to players, not awards.

The truth is that Jonathan Vilma gave no money, incentive or encouragement ever – not at any time in his eight-year career – to injure or knock out of any game any player with a dirty or unsportsmanlike hit. The facts are plain and simple. During the three seasons in question, Jonathan Vilma was one of the least penalized players not only on the Saints but in the NFL.  There is not one instance in which Jonathan Vilma set out to injure a player or gave any incentive to another player to injure an opposing player.

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7 Responses to “Full text of statement from Jonathan Vilma’s lawyer regarding bounty ledger”
  1. winsnlosses says: Jun 2, 2012 2:58 PM

    Vilma’s lawyer talks a good game. should be interesting when all of this heads before a judge

  2. vendictar says: Jun 2, 2012 3:22 PM

    ” a Saints assistant coach passed out minimal amounts of money for good, clean, legal plays, and that the “whacks” and “cart-off,” though regrettably named, were descriptions of good, clean, legal plays,”

    Yeah, what better way to ensure that players don’t try to harm the other team than by naming an incentive “cart-off”…riiiiiiight.

  3. sdisme says: Jun 2, 2012 3:48 PM

    vendictar says:
    Jun 2, 2012 3:22 PM
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    Yeah, what better way to ensure that players don’t try to harm the other team than by naming an incentive “cart-off”…riiiiiiight.

    ___________________________

    A better term is dotting a player? Or maybe for “jacking up” a player?

  4. prmpft says: Jun 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    hey vindicatar and winslosses – did you keep your “cap of clairvoyance” from your last D&D game? – b/c the only way either of you can make your statement is if you know something – (and do you?)
    I think not – I think you are sheep and will go wherever your perceived shepherd tells you to go…keep stirring the muck – muck stirrers.

  5. caliangel08 says: Jun 2, 2012 6:55 PM

    Love it

    Keep the pressure on Goodell til he releases something to shut the NFLPA up .

    That’s if he actually has anything ….

  6. larryjames836 says: Jun 3, 2012 12:35 AM

    This that the players has they own organization to support them if not NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will run the whole show. With the NFLPA in place this is why Goodell get mad because he want to run the whole NFL everybody do what he say if it right or wrong. A lot of peoples think the NFLPA is full of mess but they are not that’s they job to protect the players. Whatever is going on with the players the NFL and NFLPA suppose to be able to set down and talk about the issues. One can’t run the whole show both sides knows the rules so both sides must correct the issues both sides should be able to see evidences or films of the games. If the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell would have shown the NFLPA what he had for evidences all of this wouldn’t be nationwide. If the NFLPA don’t put Goodell in check the NFLPA want be doing they job this is why every organization need a union to hold the big man down so stop hating on the NFLPA.

  7. themage78 says: Jun 5, 2012 12:54 PM

    So if a defensive player got hurt playing special teams, wouldn’t that count as a cart-off?? I mean cmon I still think they would pay.

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