Jonathan Vilma accuses NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of hiding evidence
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has shed light on new information regarding NFL’s investigations on New Orleans Saints’ bounty system. According to Jonathan Vilma, he refused to cooperate with the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell because he wouldn’t show him evidence that was filed against him.
While talking to NFL.com on Thursday, Jonathan Vilma gave reason for his noncooperation with the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jonathan Vilma explained that when he was informed about his alleged misdeeds he requested for the evidence against him but was surprised to see that there was no strong response.
“We asked for evidence and he wouldn't give it to us,” Jonathan Vilma said in the interview to NFL.com at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. “How can I defend myself when I don't know what I'm defending against? It's just logical, things that people decided to ignore.”
Jonathan Vilma refused to share whether it was the NFL Players Association that asked him not to cooperate, but he did label the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for all the mess.
Jonathan Vilma has been suspended from the NFL for the 2012 season for his alleged role in New Orleans Saint’s bounty system. Unlike the majority of accused from this saga, Jonathan Vilma is appealing the decision.
Jonathan Vilma’s legal team has also filed in a defamation lawsuit against the NFL. According to the lawsuit Jonathan Vilma’s punishment and the NFL’s way of handling the bounty scandal has made it difficult for Jonathan Vilma to work in the NFL.
“There was no bounty program in place,” Jonathan Vilma said. “I never paid anybody, intended to pay anybody, that's the truth. Never sought out to injure people. That's the truth. That's really it. I can't really go into detail.”
After the hearing, Jonathan Vilma updated his followers about the saga through a post on Twitter.
“Roger goodell has asked for a delay to respond to my defamation suit. He was granted until july 5th to respond. Interesting,” Jonathan Vilma tweeted.
Meanwhile, NFL’s spokesman Greg Aiello came up with a response to Jonathan Vilma’s comments with an email to NFL.com.
“He was invited to come in with his attorney to discuss the evidence prior to any decision on discipline. He declined. He has another opportunity to do so in his appeal. The union has been shown evidence,” Greg Aiello wrote.