Saints bounty suspensions: Jonathon Vilma suspended a year, Smith four games
Jonathan Vilma has been suspended an entire year and Will Smith four games for their roles in the Saints bounty program. The suspension length for Vilma in particular comes as quite a shock, however, he seems to have been the main instigator of the 2009 incident involving Kurt Warner.
Here’s a brief excerpt from the Roger Goodell’s statement:
“It is the obligation of everyone, including the players on the field, to ensure that rules designed to promote player safety, fair play, and the integrity of the game are adhered to and effectively and consistently enforced,” Commissioner Goodell said. “Respect for the men that play the game starts with the way players conduct themselves with each other on the field.”
The evidence conclusively demonstrated that from 2009-2011 Saints players of their own accord pledged significant amounts of their own money toward bounties, that players accepted payments for “cart-offs” and “knockouts” of injured opposing players, and that the payout amounts doubled and tripled for playoff games.
Let me sum that up for those who don’t want to read through it. In short, Jonathan Vilma, “F-ck off for a year.” And Will Smith, well, “Bienvenido a suspension.” (I couldn’t help myself, sorry)