Jonathan Vilma Gets Suspended For the Entire 2012 NFL Season For His Role in the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program

Jonathan Vilma Gets Suspended For the Entire 2012 NFL Season For His Role in the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program

We definitely did not see this coming. We knew NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was probably going to suspend a few players from the New Orleans Saints for their roles in the team's bounty program. But, we thought they'd get maybe—maybe!—anywhere from two to four-game suspensions for taking part in Bountygate. But, Goodell just put all NFL players on notice by handing out the following suspensions to several current and former Saints players:

Defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove: Eight games

Defensive end Will Smith: Four games

Linebacker Scott Fujita (now with the Cleveland Browns): Three games

Linebacker Jonathan Vilma: The entire 2012 NFL season

That's right. Goodell handed Vilma a suspension for the entire 2012 season. Let us say that again: The entire season! And, these suspensions are, of course, in addition to the season-long suspension given to head coach Sean Payton, the "indefinite" suspension given to former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the eight-game suspension given to the team's GM Mickey Loomis, and the six-game suspension given to interim coach Joe Vitt.

Unbelievable. Think Goodell got his point across?

[via ESPN]

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