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Mike Cerullo maintains a low profile

Mike-Cerullo

Now that Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has blown the whistle on the man he claims in a federal lawsuit was the Saints whistleblower, it’s time to take a closer look at Mike Cerullo.

The 45-year-old spent three seasons with the Saints, from 2007 through 2009.  Vilma alleges in his lawsuit that Cerullo was fired after the team won Super Bowl XLIV, following a pair of incidents in which he disappeared during the season and provided false excuses upon returning.  Vilma also alleges that Cerullo received a Super Bowl ring with fake diamonds, and that he vowed revenge on the team — and specifically on assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt.

A league source with knowledge of the situation contends that Cerullo didn’t receive a Super Bowl ring containing fake diamonds.  Another source described Cerullo as “a little unstable and erratic at times,” and that Cerullo “definitely” was unhappy with the team following his termination.

Cerullo currently serves as director of football operations at Princeton.  He spent 2011 as a football aide to Connecticut head coach Paul Pasqualoni.  Before that, Cerullo served as an offensive assistant with the Miami Hurricanes.

Obviously, Cerullo hopes to keep a low profile.  But even if he commenced the process of sharing information with the league office regarding one of the biggest scandals in league history with assurances from the NFL that his name never would be publicly leaked or disclosed by the league, Cerullo had to realize that there was a good chance someone would connect the dots back to him — especially once suspensions began to be handed out.

Cerullo now has to decide whether to maintain his Fight Club-style silence in the face of allegations from Vilma that Cerullo embellished and/or lied about a bounty program and that Cerullo has since recanted.  If Cerullo continues to say nothing, some will believe that everything Vilma has said is true.  If Cerullo talks, and if he’s questioned extensively about his role, he could make things better — or make things worse.

And if the league remains intent on helping Cerullo, the time arguably has come to divulge any information in its possession that would contradict Vilma’s claims.  The time for shielding a man who has been dragged into the public eye by Jonathan Vilma has ended.  Cerullo’s integrity and honesty need to be defended, and the league presumably has the ability to do, since the league presumably believes that he is honest and trustworthy, if he indeed supplied key information like the handwritten notes reflecting bounty pledges for the 2009 NFC title game.

And if Cerullo wasn’t involved in the bounty investigation in any way, the NFL needs to say that, too.

At this point, the league’s ongoing refusal to share information obtained from Cerullo isn’t helping Cerullo or anyone else.  Other than, perhaps, the league.

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15 Responses to “Mike Cerullo maintains a low profile”
  1. lightcleric says: Jul 4, 2012 9:48 AM

    Did he also provide them the ledgers that weren’t accurate for the games they supposedly tracked?

  2. theashleyguy says: Jul 4, 2012 9:55 AM

    Here is my problem with this angle. I don’t know if Vilma alleging that Mike Cerullo is any more credible than when Jeremy Shockey was put forth as the leak. It might have been Cerullo but how do we know?

  3. thcnote says: Jul 4, 2012 10:07 AM

    Vilma will do everything he can to lie about his involvement just like every player in every sport does when they get caught cheating or breaking the rules.

  4. geauxjay says: Jul 4, 2012 11:09 AM

    Vilma will do everything he can to lie about his involvement just like every player in every sport does when they get caught cheating or breaking the rules.
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    Wrong. He just wants somebody to prove that he broke the rules, which still has yet to be done.

  5. goodellgate says: Jul 4, 2012 11:40 AM

    ***I don’t know if Vilma alleging that Mike Cerullo is any more credible than when Jeremy Shockey was put forth as the leak. It might have been Cerullo but how do we know?***

    Well the players asked for Cerullo’s presence during their appeal, so we can assume they’re pretty confident with this one.

  6. domehead says: Jul 4, 2012 11:49 AM

    ***Another source described Cerullo as “a little unstable and erratic at times,”***

    Unstable and erratic…What are you talking about. In three years he’s gone from N.O. to Conneticuit to Princeton. Everyone wants this guy to work for them.

  7. nfloracle says: Jul 4, 2012 12:00 PM

    What does Warren Sapp have to save about this?

  8. letmesetyoustraight says: Jul 4, 2012 12:46 PM

    Cerullo, at the time of his termination, created such a scene at Saints headquarters that he had to be escorted from the building by security. The police were also called.

    Yes, he was very bitter about his firing. He may think he was blackballed by the Saints, but being terminated right after a Super Bowl victory is not going to look good on anyone’s resume’.

  9. goodolebaghead says: Jul 4, 2012 12:50 PM

    We just want the truth…nothing more, nothing less.

  10. bearnmind says: Jul 4, 2012 3:56 PM

    If Cerullo has nothing to do with this or did not provide evidence used then the NFL must publicly state so. The last thing this mess needs is anything else to muddy the water even more.

  11. refwriter says: Jul 4, 2012 4:45 PM

    Cerullo is simply going to be collateral damage for the NFL….an unfortunate casualty, but an acceptable loss in their fight for the moral high ground…

    The league took the word of an erratic (their assessment) disgruntled ex-Saints employee to “reverse engineer” their case against the team…

    Because the Saints are just more collateral damage for the league, as the NFL has had an epiphany on concussions so the suspended players and coaches have been packaged up as Defense Exhibit A in the future lawsuits against the former players….

  12. mwindle1973 says: Jul 4, 2012 5:25 PM

    Are we to buy that Cerullo is “erratic and unstable”, yet he was hired as the director of football operations at Princeton? Tell me how one who is so erratic and unstable, and burns his bridges, is supposed to get a job like that? Wouldn’t think that he’d have to have some good references to land that job? It seems you want 100% proof for some matters, yet you can drag a guys name through the mud on a rumor.

  13. mwindle1973 says: Jul 4, 2012 5:35 PM

    Florio, you missed a good article a week or so ago. It came out that Drew Brees was consulted before the Williams audio was released. Yet he’s claimed all along he has no idea what anyone is talking about. Yet, nobody except Yahoo, was willing to speculate as to what Brees is after here. He continues to play the teammate role to his team. He continues to play the innocent bystander role to fans. And then he parlaying with the film maker on the eve of the Williams audio being released? What role was he playing then. Reportedly he was advising what audio should be released and what audio would not. I believe it’s mighty suspicious. Why is Drew Brees getting a free pass? If you want to do some digging, leave Cerullo alone, and dig on Brees for awhile.

  14. cwmorga says: Jul 4, 2012 6:47 PM

    @mwindle1973 says: Jul 4, 2012 5:35 PM

    Florio, you missed a good article a week or so ago. It came out that Drew Brees was consulted before the Williams audio was released. Yet he’s claimed all along he has no idea what anyone is talking about. Yet, nobody except Yahoo, was willing to speculate as to what Brees is after here. He continues to play the teammate role to his team. He continues to play the innocent bystander role to fans. And then he parlaying with the film maker on the eve of the Williams audio being released? What role was he playing then. Reportedly he was advising what audio should be released and what audio would not. I believe it’s mighty suspicious. Why is Drew Brees getting a free pass? If you want to do some digging, leave Cerullo alone, and dig on Brees for awhile.
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    What’s your point? That Brees knew about Pamphilon’s tape? Who cares? What does that have to do with anything?

  15. whodatgirl1 says: Jul 4, 2012 11:25 PM

    I love how people keep bringing up that silly Williams audio to prove that their was a bounty program. Sure what he said was a bit on the brash side, but two aspects are rarely mentioned:

    1) In a game where there wasn’t a single penalty called on the Saints defense, the players never injured anyone in the SF game (Pierre Thomas was the only one who was carted-off in the entire game); and,

    2) Williams stated at the end of the audio: “Do not hurt anyone, play a clean game.”

    Let me understand this correctly, telling the team not to hurt people is intent to injure?

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