2. what Roger is clearly saying to Saints Nation.
Am I biased? Sure. Do I bleed black and gold? Yeah you right. Does any of that have any bearing on my thoughts about Roger Goodell's recently levied player suspensions? Well...probably a little.
But I can tell you this: it makes absolutely no sense. How do you suspend a player like Jonathan Vilma for the whole season, when your reasoning is that you allege he participated and funded a pay for performance program? And I stress allege. Now no one is naive enough to think that "nothing" happened, but the biggest piece of invisible evidence that Goodell bases this suspension on is a $10,000 award that Vilma suposedly put on Kurt Warner and Brett Favre.
"I am shocked and extremely disappointed by the NFL’s decision to suspend me for the 2012 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell has refused to share any of the supposed evidence he claims supports this unprecedented punishment. The reason is clear: I never paid, or intended to pay, $10,000, or any amount of money, to any player for knocking Kurt Warner, Brett Farve, or any other player out of the 2009 Divisional playoff game, 2010 NFC Championship Game or any other game." -Jonathan Vilma
I have three major concerns with this particular suspension. First, Goodell has produced zero evidence of such existence of a program to the NFLPA. Second, Goodell is stealing $4.8 million dollars in salary from one player. This is a 240% increase in the $10,000 he claims was issued for hits on Warner and Farve. Third, Goodell didn't even have the courage to reach out to the players prior to releasing the news. They found out by watching ESPN. Wow!
The Super Bowl goes through the Dome.