I am so tired of the bounty gate thing but it keeps going mainly because we have the suspended players continuing to deny not only their involvement but that a bounty system even existed. Now I understand that by putting up another post on the topic is counter intuitive to what I'm railing against but I'm hopeful it might finally die down. The NFL.com finally laid out most of their evidence for reporters to see and my God how can guys like Jonathan Vilma and Tony Hargrove continue to say the program didn't exist. Here's some evidence new to me:
The PowerPoint slide collected from a sweep of the Saints' computer system, from the night before the Saints' playoff loss at Seattle in January 2011, complete with a picture of TV bounty hunter Duane "Dog'' Chapman, that said, "Now is the time to do our job ... collect bounty $$$! No apologies! Let's go hunting!''
So apparently calling this thing a 'bounty system' wasn't a media produced title but the one given the program by the Saints themselves. Vilma has three witnesses who have testified to the following:
The three sources the NFL claims to have who told league investigators linebacker Jonathan Vilma spurred the bounty on Favre by offering $10,000 himself during a night-before-the-game motivational speech by, as one of the sources said, "raising his hands, each of which held stacks of bills, that he had two 'five-stacks,''' to give to the player who knocked Favre from the game.
Would all of this so called 'evidence' hold up in a real court? Maybe, maybe not. But it doesn't matter! There is certainly enough evidence to say a program did exist, certainly enough evidence to show the intent to collect the money was there. That is a Goodell needs. If Vilma wanted to save any part of his season he should have done the honorable thing and fessed up from the start. But I guess if you are wiling to hurt people for money (chump change at that for a guy with Vilma's money) then you would certainly be willing to lie about it.
That's exactly what Vilma is doing...lying through his teeth. There is no other explanation when the Saints DC Gregg Williams confirmed the program existed along with all the other evidence. So we are supposed believe the Saints defensive caption didn't know of the program?
Specious evidence, the attorney for Vilma said in the morning, when lawyer Peter Ginsberg and Vilma walked out of the proceedings. "There is no evidence, because there was no bounty system,'' he said.
Good Lord...I don;t know who said it another thread but it fits...Jonathan Vilma please go quietly into the night...and take your attorney with you.