Saints LB Jonathan Vilma met with commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday and received a sworn affidavit from his former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.
According to ESPN, the league gave Vilma the affidavit from Williams that Vilma offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked QB Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC title game. Williams confirmed the Saints had a pay-for-performance pool in the affidavit.
When the bounty punishments came down, Williams was suspended indefinitely. Vilma was originally suspended for one year, but an Appeals Panel vacated the suspension. Goodell must prove that there was an intent to injure by the players in order to re-determine his original punishments. He plans to meet with Saints DE Will Smith, Browns LB Scott Fujita and free-agent DE Anthony Hargrove on Tuesday.
Vilma, who sued Goodell for defamation in the summer, wanted to have his meeting individually, separate from the other players. After the meeting, Vilma told reporters that the session was “very frank, very truthful.”
“We appreciate Jonathan Vilma taking the time to meet today and look forward to seeing the other players tomorrow,” league spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement.
- Jonathan Vilma
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