Sport Illustrated has reported that Jonathan Vilma (who is facing the longest suspension of four players punished in connection with a pool that rewarded Saints players with improper cash bonuses for hits that injured opponents)
is asking (again) a federal judge to overturn his suspension in the NFL’s bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints.
His legal papers, as quoted by Sport Illustrated, state inter alia:
“Most fundamentally, Vilma has not and could not receive a fair hearing as long as Goodell presides. The supposedly fair and neutral arbitrator at the Appeal Hearings has prejudged the evidence, publicly proclaimed his conclusions in advance of the Appeal Hearings, and so vehemently endorsed the allegations against Vilma publicly and in advance of the Appeal Hearings that he could not possibly have acted in a fair and neutral manner.”
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