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Vilma hearing ends without a ruling

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Roughly eight hours after a hearing regarding Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s effort to lift his one-year suspension pending the outcome of his lawsuit aimed at reversing it began, the hearing is over.

But a ruling has yet to come.

According to Tulane law professor Gabe Feldman, Judge Helen G. Berrigan ended the hearing with no ruling.  She said she plans to wait to hear from the NFLPA, whose brief opposing an effort by the league to dismiss lawsuits filed by Saints defensive end Will Smith, Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove, and Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is due on Friday, August 3.

If that’s what happens, it means that Vilma will miss more than a week of training camp.  Even if a ruling is issued on August 3, it’s highly unlikely that he’d suit up and play on Sunday, August 5, when the Saints kick off the preseason against the Cardinals in Canton.

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11 Responses to “Vilma hearing ends without a ruling”
  1. goodellgotohell says: Jul 26, 2012 6:35 PM

    August 5 I mean.

  2. vikings28 says: Jul 26, 2012 6:39 PM

    Not Good for Mr. VILMA. Just take the punishment, you’re gonna lose. Goodell is a lawyer and he knows, you don’t. that is all.

  3. goodellsadouche says: Jul 26, 2012 7:32 PM

    Uh Oh!!!

  4. mrlaloosh says: Jul 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    Idiot Vikings fan trying to make an intelligent comment. The oxymoron to end all oxmorons.

  5. vikes69 says: Jul 26, 2012 8:25 PM

    Dont do the crime if you cant do the time!

  6. thetokyosandblaster says: Jul 26, 2012 9:53 PM

    It’s a shame that the Saints will probably end up last in their division this year.

    And by “it’s a shame” I mean “hahahahaha.”

  7. sfsaintsfan says: Jul 26, 2012 9:57 PM

    There was more actual evidence today presented on behalf of Vilma than all of Goodell’s 50,000 pages of evidence. All of the evidence was submitted as sworn testimony under penalty of perjury and all of the evidence supported Vilma and the FACT that he never offered anyone any money to intentionally injure anyone and there was no pay to injure program.

    About time there is some real evidence and not some transcriptions of hand written notes prepared at some point by a disgruntled and fired former employee….

    Vilma and Vitt also explained what “Kill the Head” referred to. It was a description of a play where a defender stopped a ball carriers forward progress in such as a way as to not allow the ball carrier to fall forward. Instead, the ball carrier was forced backward, i.e. the head went back with the body and not forward and ahead of the ball. Sounds like good Defense to me.

  8. jigga757 says: Jul 27, 2012 12:33 AM

    4 some odd reason i got a small lil feeling Vilma might win..who knows…anything can happen…just like anything happened when Manny Paquio somehow lost that fight when everybody knew he won it

  9. purplengold says: Jul 27, 2012 12:45 AM

    Crash and burn.

  10. houndog50 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:37 AM

    Wow, what have we got here, 3 or 4 Viking fans? I didn’t know the Vikings had that many fans.

  11. gunit69 says: Jul 27, 2012 7:22 AM

    Dont do the time if you didn’t do the crime.

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