On Saturday night, we pointed out that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams may be hinging his potential testimony in the upcoming bounty appeal hearing on the league’s willingness to move his reinstatement hearing from February to December.
The article caught the attention of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma.
“‘Reinstate me in [December] or I wont testify’ and now we have Gregg’s incentive to lie,” Vilma says on Twitter. ”Boom. Too easy.”
Vilma already isn’t happy about the likelihood that Williams and former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo will testify when Vilma won’t be available to attend in person, given that the Saints play in Atlanta on Thursday night. And it’s much more than Vilma having a chance to stare them down when they utter things he regards as untrue. Vilma is in unique position to give his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, information about follow-up questions and other strategies in response to things the witnesses say, since Vilma not Ginsberg lived the events. Ginsberg and Vilma have every right to insist that they testify when Vilma can be present.
Regardless, one thing remains clear — Vilma remains very motivated to vindicate himself.