NFL turns over evidence - a SLIDESHOW of GW quotes
The evidence the NFL provided to New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on Friday in no way links the player to any "bounty" program, according to his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg.
The league, per rule, had to provide evidence for the basis of its discipline toward four suspended current and former Saints players by Friday since they have appeals hearings before NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Monday.
Ginsberg said the majority of the evidence centers around a PowerPoint slideshow of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' directives and speeches to players. Ginsberg said there is other evidence besides the slide show, but none of it links Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita or Anthony Hargrove -- all suspended for part or all of the 2012 season by Goodell -- to putting bounties on opposing players.
I know this will get me red-thumbed but at this point, Goodell has ticked me off to the point that I would be willing to trade a playoff appearance this year if it meant that Vilma's lawsuit made it to the discovery process stage, Goodell got exposed and was found guilty of every charge made against him.
"If you mad we're on top, then wish us gone, If you mad we're on the road, then wish us home. And if you mad that we're right, punks wish us wrong, but after your three wishes - BLOW IT OUT YA ***!"
This is insane. I know this isn't a court of law, but it's wrong to ignore evidence that exonerates the players, which, according to the story on the SR News page, the NFL is doing. In that story Ginsberg also states that those who have testimony to contradict the NFL are afraid to testify for fear their careers will be affected. It's obvious that Goodell rules by fear. However, because he got the owners (and himself) a great CBA to replace one that was in the players' favor, he will remain in power.
Everyone keep in mind that this is the same commissioner who has suspended players who were not even employees of the NFL yet for things they did before they became employees (the suspension of college players before they were drafted). If that isn't having a God complex, I don't know what is.
^Goodell on reports Giants players targeted K Williams due to concussions: "Video evidence doesn't support the claim."
^Goodell on video evidence exonerating the Saints: "The video evidence doesn't mean anything." Yeah that makes sense.