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Vilma posts phone number, email address of ESPN “character study” producer


Last night, we explained that ESPN is preparing a “character study” of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, and that ESPN Feature Producer Barry Abrams is sending letters to players in an effort to dig up some information.

Thereafter, Vilma posted a copy of the letter on Twitter, along with Abrams’ phone number and email address.

“Why is ESPN secretly conducting a character study on me?” Vilma asked on Twitter.  “They really think I wouldn’t find out?”

Vilma’s Twitter timeline since last night has some funny stuff, including messages encouraging Saints fans to contact Abrams.

We wonder whether Vilma’s reaction will now be used as part of the character study.  In the end, that may be all the dirt they manage to dig up.

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55 Responses to “Vilma posts phone number, email address of ESPN “character study” producer”
  1. ceschatz says: Sep 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    I don’t think that really helps your “character”

  2. geewhiz23 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    So much self-serving and headline grabbing by all involved parties…so when does Lebron get invovled??

  3. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2012 11:04 AM

    Vilma is out of control, he crossed the line a long time ago now.

    Take out the trash.

  4. siege911 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:05 AM

    Doesn’t a stunt like this just show he has little character?

  5. draftazoid says: Sep 27, 2012 11:07 AM

    Is Vilma offering $10,000 for the fan who can make the most phone calls?

  6. dreadpiratesteve says: Sep 27, 2012 11:12 AM


  7. samoanjungle says: Sep 27, 2012 11:14 AM

    Now I know why the Jets wanted to get rid of this guy.

  8. sbc85 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:16 AM

    Meh, it was the guy’s work number and work email. ESPN is probably already done changing both…

  9. timrush says: Sep 27, 2012 11:20 AM

    Vilma is nothing more than a bully. His actions and defiance indicate to me that he has something to hide. So he is reverting to type and trying to intimidate people into stopping their reporting or their investigation.

    If the players would just take their punishment and get on with their lives, people would forget the bounty mess. And the Saints might be better off as well. Have you wondered why Payton & Williams are not fighting their suspensions? Because they know its best to “take their medicine” and go on.

  10. gobigjake077 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:22 AM

    i tried calling the number this morning, didn’t get an answer from anyone on the other end.

  11. truthfactory says: Sep 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    Why does he assume it was a “secret”?? This guy is a loose cannon. If you say you want to protect your name and character, then you shouldnt have a problem when people start looking into your character…

  12. mdd913 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:27 AM

    Got to give it up for Vilma. Guy is a fighter.

  13. nmrdr795 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:31 AM

    Nice vilma. Screw espn and there lousy coverage. Cant even watch highlights anymore because the anchors are all trying to grab the spotlight. Van pelt is an old man who thinks hes a frat boy and better then the athletes. Schlereth was a nobody and all of a sudden acts like hes superior to every other athlete. They anaylize and breakdown every dumb thing they can. They try to get drama from nothing with all these dumb shows they have. Skip bayless and stephen a. Are the two biggest jokes for anchors. They rip off everyone else and are all about drama instead of sports now. Vilma was just doing what every other footballer is trying. Look at the jets this week.

  14. theirishtexan says: Sep 27, 2012 11:32 AM

    Wow, they honestly thought he wouldn’t find out? Silly…

  15. jaredb2 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:32 AM

    Wow really Vilma? I guess you want people to go after anyone who says anything against you huh? I only hope that you get brought up on charges of threatening after doing this

  16. panamon says: Sep 27, 2012 11:36 AM

    Vilma just failed the character study, what a pathetic and sad man.

  17. zaggs says: Sep 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    Since Vilma’s first reactions is always the same, to lash out, I get an idea what a character study would reveal. Guess truth hurts for Vilma.

  18. scotchrocks says: Sep 27, 2012 11:37 AM

    The love-hate relationship between media and the people they cover is hilarious. If ESPN (and other outlets) didn’t highlight Vilma over the years, it’s possible that he may not have been able to accumulate some of the wealth and privileges he has.

    Doesn’t mean he should let the media dictate who he is, which in this case means they should have included him in this uh… character study thingy.

  19. AB in DC says: Sep 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    So basically, ESPN wants to do a story on Vilma, and he responds by threatening the producer in charge of the story? That’s beyond pathetic.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 27, 2012 11:38 AM

    So far they have been unable to uncover any “character” at all in Vilma. Which most fans could have told them was the case before they started the search.

  21. djmcba says: Sep 27, 2012 11:41 AM

    Why does he think they were operating under the premise that he wouldn’t find out? I don’t see where they tried to make it a secret. Does he want to be notified before they air potential highlights of him in upcoming seasons.

    I love all the ESPN haters on here. Sometimes their coverage can get overbearing (see Tim Tebow) but it’s no different than other media outlets. ESPN is the unchallenged king of sports television and the anchors just have fun- as they should, they have the best job in the world.

  22. themightymunchkin says: Sep 27, 2012 11:45 AM

    Where oh where do y’all get “threat” from this story or Vilma’s timeline? I don’t get it.

    Sure, he’s responding in a juvenile way through the Twitters, but if a major news outlet’s putting together a profile of Vilma and doesn’t request an interview with him, it seems like they’re asking for it. There’s plenty we don’t know, but it appears he (and I’m guessing Gregg too) wasn’t contacted.

  23. ndizzl says: Sep 27, 2012 11:46 AM

    Ban Vilma from the NFL. This guy is a vindictive scumbag

  24. hehateme2 says: Sep 27, 2012 11:49 AM

    NFL Network is superior to ESPN these days.

  25. alewatcher says: Sep 27, 2012 11:51 AM

    “Just because you are a character doesn’t mean you have character.” – Winston Wolf

  26. saintsfan26 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    Vilma is the only person in the NFL with the cajones to take out Roger Goodell*. And Vilma is winning.

  27. purpleguy says: Sep 27, 2012 12:15 PM

    How can a character study be done on someone that has none?

  28. theralph2012 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:17 PM

    Character study? This idiots character can be summed up in 2 words “The U”.

  29. kmacle says: Sep 27, 2012 12:17 PM

    Posting someone’s phone number or contacting someone’s colleagues to try to dig up dirt on them – which is the bigger invasion of privacy?

  30. mohazway says: Sep 27, 2012 12:23 PM

    didnt clay mathews do the same exact thing to roger goddell? why wasnt that story on PFT? too many biases in sports nowadays.

  31. matthewcarlson1 says: Sep 27, 2012 12:29 PM

    Haha Saintsfan26 if he’s winning then I’d hate to see what losing looks like.

  32. vikesfansteve says: Sep 27, 2012 12:30 PM

    Why not just hit the guy with your rattle?

  33. electionconfidential says: Sep 27, 2012 12:31 PM

    I’m so sick of this clown. I’m ready to star listening to McNabb and Brees again…

  34. silentcount says: Sep 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    ESPN’s definition of a “character study” is trying to dig up dirt on you. Who could pass that test if it included rumors and hearsay from your enemies. I’d rather see a character study on Goodell, because he clearly abused his power for suspending Sean Payton and Vilma a year over nothing.

  35. nispikers says: Sep 27, 2012 12:34 PM

    So if its not a secret then ESPN shouldn’t mind Vilma posting the information so that anyone could contact them. Why should that bother any of you? Someone stated earlier that Clay Matthews posted Roger Goodells phone number. Didn’t see anyone calling Clay Matthews “characterless”. ESPN is going to basically do to Vilma and Williams, the exact same thing they did to Sean Payton, whether or not any of you think they deserve such a story. No matter what I think, or you think, ESPN will not make this an attempt to show the good side of anyone. It will be a character assassination!

  36. riverhorsey says: Sep 27, 2012 12:39 PM

    If you call or write the guy and say nasty things Vilma will give you 100 bucks.

  37. kaferwerks says: Sep 27, 2012 12:42 PM

    I think the point that vilma is making is that ESPN is doing a character study based on hearsay and the opinion of others without any involvement from vilma. If you’re doing a character study on someone doesn’t it make sense to interview them as well? ESPN chose not to as they want to base their story on rumor and opinion and second hand information. Shady journalism at its finest folks…..

  38. 4evrnyt says: Sep 27, 2012 12:45 PM

    How do you study something that doesn’t exist.

  39. hrmlss says: Sep 27, 2012 12:54 PM

    So, how does being a social media terrorist reflect on you character?

  40. borophyll says: Sep 27, 2012 12:57 PM

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

  41. whodattn says: Sep 27, 2012 12:58 PM

    For those of you feigning outrage over Vilma posting the guy’s ESPN contact info, give it a break. Abrams has his contact info listed directly under his photo on Twitter. How much privacy was this guy expecting?

  42. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    Haha that’s awesome. I never knew much about Vilma before this fiasco but I like him more and more. Fearless.

  43. eyeh8goodell says: Sep 27, 2012 1:01 PM

    LOL at the bitter rival fans. As if defending himself against an obvious league driven damage control hatchet job is some sort of confirmation of poor character. I love it, finally the media is getting it right back. I used to hate Twitter, but now i’m starting to see it’ll be a useful tool to keep hack “journalists” in check.

    And i’m not even a Saints fan. Email sent, Mr. Vilma.

  44. goodolebaghead says: Sep 27, 2012 1:02 PM

    You are all so blind. ESPN has been going through hoop after hoop to try and pin a nasty story in NOLA. Fake wiretapping allegations, an un-called-for OTL segment doing it’s best to bash Payton based on out of context heresay. They are not trying to report the news. They are not worried at all about the facts. They are in the business of selling ratings, and a muck rake like this is just what the mod mentality wants. If you are so sick of this story, understand it is the media shoving it down your throat, not the Saints.

  45. bathroomben7 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:08 PM

    I can’t wait until two years from now when this piece of trash is out of the NFL, broke and miserable. This guy Lawrence Phillips 2.0.

  46. ufullpj says: Sep 27, 2012 1:37 PM

    While Vilma’s act is childish, ESPN is creeping closer and closer to TMZ. The process and approach Abrams is taking is somewhat unprofessional, as is Vilma’s response. It’s the very definition of elasticity.

  47. scotchrocks says: Sep 27, 2012 1:48 PM

    bathroomben7 says:

    I can’t wait until two years from now when this piece of trash is out of the NFL, broke and miserable. This guy Lawrence Phillips 2.0.


    I’ll skip the whole “wishing someone to be broke and miserable” part and instead focus on the Phillips 2.0 thing.

    To my knowledge, Vilma has never been convicted of domestic abuse or assault with a deadly weapon and subsequently has not been ordered to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison. However, Phillips has.

    Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see the comparison.

  48. kleppnasty says: Sep 27, 2012 1:51 PM

    I love the comments. Especially this last one. How exactly is he Lawrence Phillips 2.0?

    First, wrong position. Second, Lawrence beat women and was out of the league quickly, Vilma may have attacked football players and has been in the league for a while.

    Vilma is smart, and outside of football, a pretty stand up citizen. I think he probably is guilty of participating in the bounty, but I also believe he wasn’t made aware of the NFL’s order to stop. So the supension is probably a little too much (i thought 8 would be enough) since the coaches were suspended one year and they knew the NFL was watching, but I am not crying for him either.

    But this tweet IS funny.

    And to other people’s points, him fighting these charges is not necessarily something a guilty person would do. If I was accused of something I didn’t do, and was being punished for it, I would fight loud and often until I was proven innocent. (in this case I don’t think he’s as guilty as Roger is stating, nor as innocent as he is stating)

  49. ferrell5 says: Sep 27, 2012 1:55 PM

    grow up already. taking the high road must be too difficult for this joke.

  50. itsspideyman says: Sep 27, 2012 2:51 PM

    By showing he operates outside the lines of decency, Vilma is helping to prove his critics right, that he would offer up the safety of someone else to achieve his goals.

    Guilty as charged.

  51. justsayin973 says: Sep 27, 2012 2:58 PM

    I love how people call Vilma names on a public forum then say he lacks character.
    Gotta love hypocrisy

  52. biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 27, 2012 5:11 PM

    How exactly has he shown he operates outside the lines of decency?

  53. chad504boy says: Sep 27, 2012 5:33 PM

    Unusual ESPN isn’t worried about conducting a character study on the man getting sued for defamation.

  54. davereckon says: Sep 27, 2012 5:40 PM

    To my knowledge, Vilma has never been convicted of domestic abuse or assault with a deadly weapon and subsequently has not been ordered to serve a minimum of 26 years in prison. However, Phillips has.


    Were you aware that OJ was never CONVICTED of double homicide either? Doesnt make him a good person.

  55. staugslugga says: Sep 27, 2012 6:07 PM

    timrush says:
    Sep 27, 2012 11:20 AM

    If the players would just take their punishment and get on with their lives, people would forget the bounty mess. And the Saints might be better off as well. Have you wondered why Payton & Williams are not fighting their suspensions? Because they know its best to “take their medicine” and go on.

    You made Vilma’s point. Payton appealed his suspension. He DID fight the suspension. His sentence was not reduced. The whole problem is you’ve been force-fed false information, leading you to ignorant beliefs.

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