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ESPN prepares “character study” of Jonathan Vilma and Gregg Williams

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With the lockout of the officials reaching a full boil, it’s easy to forget the pot that’s bubbling over on the back of the NFL’s stove.

Bountygate lingers, and a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that ESPN plans to televise this weekend a “character study TV feature” on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

ESPN has contacted players via letters signed by Barry Abrams, a Feature Producer.  Abrams invites players to call and “chat . . . for 10 minutes or so” on the subject, explaining that the story will run on September 29 or 30.

It’s unknown whether ESPN is hoping to demonstrate good character or bad character.  Based on the recent Outside the Lines profile of coach Sean Payton, chances are that Abrams isn’t hoping to dig up marshmallows with his shovel.

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30 Responses to “ESPN prepares “character study” of Jonathan Vilma and Gregg Williams”
  1. ghjjf says: Sep 26, 2012 10:22 PM

    We already know that they are both bad characters.

  2. jonny42671 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:24 PM

    Love seeing the Saints getting what they deserve. Cheaters never win !!

  3. Always On Slightly Off says: Sep 26, 2012 10:25 PM

    Who cares, move on.

  4. lance19 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    Good character?
    Bad character?

    Why must it aim to demonstrate either?

    How ’bout they just accurately report
    what their research turns up?

  5. geauxjay says: Sep 26, 2012 10:36 PM

    Didn’t ESPN do enough when they invented the wiretapping story?

  6. capitaloffense says: Sep 26, 2012 10:37 PM

    Yeah if one act (or even multiple acts) determined the character of a man, where would you stand? Doesn’t matter what ESPN or anyone says about anyone when you don’t truly know a person; the opinion will be baseless due to lack of knowledge.

  7. sabatimus says: Sep 26, 2012 10:38 PM

    Yeah, that’ll be a real objective study. They’ll probably get Stephen A and Skip to do it.

  8. dalucks says: Sep 26, 2012 10:42 PM

    When will the media question the character of Roger Goodell or some of the greedy owners like Jerry Jones or Jeffrey Luria? Those are the guys whose character should be in question. Anyone who uses integrity as a sales pitch obviously has none. Protect the shield, C’mon man.

  9. mazblast says: Sep 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    Who pays ESPN more–Vilma and Williams, or Roger Not-So-Goodell and his gang of merry thief owners?

    Follow the money.

  10. geauxjay says: Sep 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    Vilma tweeted the letter. Look it up. Feel free to contact Abrams.

  11. dremmel69 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:47 PM

    Well, since players will have the league, owners, coaches and

  12. borophyll says: Sep 26, 2012 10:49 PM

    Vilma, The U, ’nuff said.

  13. bathroomben7 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    They’re scum, we all know that already. I don’t know that anything is going to be revealed that is going to change anybody’s mind. It’s probably just going to have guys that have played with/for them piling on.

    I can’t believe the NFL let Vilma on the sideline in week 1; that lowlife should be banned for life. Him and Williams.

  14. patfic15 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    ESPN refuses to let this story die until we all believe their lies.

  15. letmesetyoustraight says: Sep 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Oh this should be good. ESPN is still so PO’d that they were left out of the NFL leak loop concerning Bountygate, that they continue to manufacture controversy. Outside the Lines has swung and missed acouple of times already. Another corn popping announcement. :-)

  16. thelastpieceofcheese says: Sep 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Only the inbred, yahoo, redneck, republican Saint’ fans see any character in these guys.

  17. dremmel69 says: Sep 26, 2012 11:09 PM

    Players never, EVER do anything other than what is the best for the league. If they ever do anything wrong, it is most certainly due to the greed and corruption of the coaches, owners and/or Roger Goodell. Players may sometimes be jerks and do stupid things. But that is also not their fault, ever. Coaches are (directly or indirectly) to blame for any and all in-game mistakes. Coaches can always point to the greedy, manipulative owners and NFL league office as a way to explain their misdeeds. It is very easy to understand if you only listen to the pundits, columnists and bloggers.

  18. edenprairieballer says: Sep 26, 2012 11:23 PM

    Vilma did bounties at Miami and Nevin Shapiro paid him.

    Why the hell should should we believe what he says??

    Long live Chris Rix

  19. bayouranch says: Sep 26, 2012 11:44 PM

    Vilma could run for office with his character, it’s spotless, they really are grasping for news, how about doing a character evaluation of Big ben

  20. notoriousjebus says: Sep 27, 2012 12:06 AM

    Why is ESPN doing this? Is it an attempt to make up to the NFL for they way they smashed them in their post MNF coverage?

    Ty Cobb, Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, Mike Tyson, Micky Mantle, Tiger Woods and thousands of other famous athletes have engaged in acts varying from less than admirable to outright illegal activities at the height of their greatness, but it doesn’t diminish their achievements. So what’s the purpose of undertaking an expose on an above average DB that’s past his prime and a defensive coordinator that was part of only one super bowl winning team?

    Is ESPN going to show us that Gregg Williams is a jerk? News flash, if you have ever watched a football game you are probably all ready under the impression that the guys on the coaching staff are ego maniacs, control freaks, and in general not nice people to be around.

    Is ESPN going to shatter my world and report that Vilma isn’t as squeaky clean and doesn’t go to church as often as a priest? I don’t think anyone is under the impression that Vilma or most other players are the sweetest and nicest people you could ever meet.

    Give me a break ESPN. IF you want to do something interesting, why don’t you do this piece on someone who goes to great lengths to foster an image as a clean living, god fearing, do no wrong sort of person like Tebow?

  21. footballchic777 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:09 AM

    In other words, ESPN wants to try to cash in on this before it gets settled or they are barred from airing anythiung

  22. steeltuff says: Sep 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    Doesn’t the “Worldwide Leader in Sports” have all its staff getting ready for another exciting, titillating NBA season that will, no doubt, continue to send us into ecstacy on every shot from the perimeter? Oh wait, Jim Gray is available. He’ll get to the bottom of it, just like he did with LeBron’s “Decision.”

  23. ronmexico4life says: Sep 27, 2012 12:43 AM

    HAHA, ESPN reporting on character. Thats rich

  24. musicman495 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:59 AM

    ESPN’s attempt to regain their blown credibility by continuing this vendetta against the same Saints players and coaches, rehashing the same information over and over again, is pathetic.

    My question is, after the incompetence shown by the Commissioner in the players lockout, the Bountygate non-scandal, and the referee lockout, will ESPN ever have the guts to do a “character study” of Roger Goodell????????????

  25. division2lbss says: Sep 27, 2012 1:00 AM

    Jonathan Vilma is a cool dude, smart too, book wise… Idk anything bout Gregg Williams lol, whatever they report will be debated on first take the next day anyway though

  26. mwindle1973 says: Sep 27, 2012 3:09 AM

    So you mean someone is finally going to spotlight the fact that some amount of evidence exists that Vilma participated in a bounty program at Miami U? And also spotlight that some amount of evidence exists that Williams had a bounty program on 3 different teams in the past? About time! Maybe people will begin to get the big picture here if some of this info, that has already been in articles, although only in small pieces that were fleeting and spread out. But to have them all gathered and focused in towards the big picture I think might sway some minds.

  27. pottymouth777 says: Sep 27, 2012 6:57 AM

    I am for a “character study” of Roger Goodell.

  28. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    Its not a “character study”, its a character assassination.

  29. borophyll says: Sep 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    The company that employed guys like Gary Miller and Steve Phillips is going to “study” someone else’s character? Laughable.

  30. stevenfbrackett says: Sep 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    Who wants to watch 30 or worse, 60 minutes of a blank screen?

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