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Vilma arrives at league headquarters for Goodell meeting

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After a few prior false starts, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has shown up for his meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Ed Werder of ESPN reports that Vilma is in the building.  As Werder points out, expectations are low.  He says the meeting could last as short as 15 minutes and as long as three hours.

We’d take the under, unless the NFL has agreed to disclose meaningful and new information regarding the allegation that Vilma offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked former Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and former Vikings quarterback Brett Favre from consecutive postseason games in January 2010.  Anything Vilma says will be used against him (and possibly contorted to fit a predetermined narrative), so he’s better off saying nothing until he knows more about the evidence of guilt that the league has developed.

That said, Vilma also knows that Judge Helen G. Berrigan ultimately will assess whether and to what extent the various parties were being fair and reasonable when she determines whether to uphold any suspensions that the NFL reissues.  And so he and the other players whose suspensions were vacated 10 days ago need to create the impression that they’re willing to take advantage of the available internal procedures, even if the end result will be the same as it was the first time around.

Vilma requested his own meeting with Goodell, which precedes the imposition of discipline and, eventually, an internal appeal hearing.  The other players — Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove — will meet with Goodell on Tuesday.

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11 Responses to “Vilma arrives at league headquarters for Goodell meeting”
  1. gcbean says: Sep 17, 2012 2:18 PM

    Hopefully he’ll give Goodell his 2 cents about how crappy the replacement refs are.

  2. randallflagg52 says: Sep 17, 2012 2:20 PM

    This should go really well with the amount of bad blood between the two. But maybe Goodell is just trying to convince Vilma to lift his ban from his resturant.

  3. kingbeason52 says: Sep 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    Why didnt you put “Report:” at the beginning of your headline? I love those..

  4. gatorbait34 says: Sep 17, 2012 2:32 PM

    Doesn’t matter, having him back won’t help them win. They need Payton back way more.

  5. waitingguilty says: Sep 17, 2012 2:34 PM

    That’s odd, I read somewhere last week that this meeting probably would not actually happen.

  6. flavordave says: Sep 17, 2012 2:45 PM

    the bad news is that when Vilma got to the front door there was a picture of him with the words “don’t let this man in”

  7. bringbacktheflex says: Sep 17, 2012 3:17 PM

    Quick show of hands – How many people are so incredibly tired of reading about Vilma and Goddell?

  8. turfrage says: Sep 17, 2012 3:19 PM

    So over this story line… Move on.

  9. kisstherings says: Sep 17, 2012 3:30 PM

    Rumor has it that Referee Union has offered Vilma $10,000 if he knock Goodell out of his office for a few weeks…..

  10. randomguy9999 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:24 PM

    Vilma got flimflammed by an attorney into thinking he has a chance… he doesn’t…. whether we believe he’s guilty or not… Goodell does…

    and that makes it end of game… Goodell is the discipline authority and the appeal venue…

    if the NFLPA wanted it differently, they should have negotiated that in to their contract just a few short months ago….

    meanwhile…Vilma’s mouthpiece is making a nice chunk of change…. and Vilma still isn’t playing…

  11. FinFan68 says: Sep 17, 2012 6:29 PM

    Guess he wants to see that sworn affidavit that specifically says he made those proclamations.

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