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Saints News, 9/10/14: Jonathan Vilma Criticizes Goodell Over Rice

Jonathan Vilma is very familiar with Roger Goodell and his zeal for dealing out punishment. The former Saint and only player to ever have the balls to actually sue Goodell for defamation tweeted, "He should be held accountable for his lack of action just like Ray Rice has finally been held accountable for his actions" and "If the commissioner had really asked for the video, he would've made it very public & very clear that the casino refused to give it to him." In related news, lots and lots of people are bringing up the Saints Bountyfarce scandal today as they condemn Goodell and call for his resignation.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Goodell told the Saints ignorance was not an excuse in Bountygate. Now Goodell is using that very defense. <a href="https://twitter.com/DonBanks">@DonBanks</a> <a href="http://t.co/yMFQNHzbMw">http://t.co/yMFQNHzbMw</a></p>&mdash; The MMQB (@theMMQB) <a href="https://twitter.com/theMMQB/status/509775461560619008">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Keenan Lewis screamed numerous times one word before answering questions and after answering questions: &quot;TACKLE!&quot;</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/509791169883021314">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Seen the latest ESPN front page? Seems very Saints podcast focused: <a href="http://t.co/GwccfnqjkV">http://t.co/GwccfnqjkV</a> cc: <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast">@SaintsForecast</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hakimdropsball">@hakimdropsball</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsCSC">@SaintsCSC</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/509768956228689920">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Roger Goodell to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a> owners: &#39;We will be judged on our actions going forward&#39; --&gt; <a href="http://t.co/fqWSoNJEE9">http://t.co/fqWSoNJEE9</a></p>&mdash; Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) <a href="https://twitter.com/YahooSports/status/509787246720192512">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Asked Payton about the danger of falling 0-2. Scoffed at the question saying he doesn&#39;t deal with hypotheticals.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/509781017130192896">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said they are aware of Josh Gordon&#39;s situation and will be ready should he play</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/status/509779425664442369">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton: we have a chance to get back in the ring and redeem ourselves a little bit</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/status/509778448353857537">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>But when asked if he would prepare for Gordon like questionable player on injury report, Payton said less so.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/509779317039960064">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Payton said <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> will definitely emphasize missed tackles in practice. Fundamentals in individual drills ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/509778313682776064">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> returning to Cleveland for first time since 2006 opener, Sean Payton&#39;s first win as a head coach. Said feels like long time ago.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/509778065925210112">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Always be thankful for the abilities GOD gave you... Yes Sir!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/KeepPounding?src=hash">#KeepPounding</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PantherNation?src=hash">#PantherNation</a> <a href="http://t.co/SrkBbnrU6R">pic.twitter.com/SrkBbnrU6R</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/509776615380099072">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/saints?src=hash">#saints</a> paid attention to how Browns used Johnny Manziel in preseason, but won&#39;t devote a practice period to it--maybe walkthrough, SP said.</p>&mdash; Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) <a href="https://twitter.com/RVargasAdvocate/status/509776394394812416">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>&gt;&gt; RT <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter">@AdamSchefter</a>: Cardinals LB John Abraham is suffering from memory loss and has been for well over a year. <a href="http://t.co/P9mHHOnN9f">pic.twitter.com/P9mHHOnN9f</a></p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/status/509767825028677633">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Please tune in tomorrow to <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FirstTake?src=hash">#FirstTake</a> 10-12est as I join <a href="https://twitter.com/CariChampion">@CariChampion</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/stephenasmith">@stephenasmith</a> on ESPN 2.</p>&mdash; Jabari Greer (@Jabari_Greer) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jabari_Greer/status/509765218231414785">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Arredondo: Early look at Saints Forecast. Looks Nice! <a href="http://t.co/RGb8nQuzMa">pic.twitter.com/RGb8nQuzMa</a></p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/509764058145243136">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Story from <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet">@RapSheet</a> and I going up. 2 areas unresolved on drug policy, one on hGH testing protocol, the other on neutral arbitration.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/509762596741083136">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>... Lawyers from the union flagged language that had changed in the league&#39;s proposal in those 2 areas. Problematic enough to halt the vote.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/509762838442024960">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>From <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer">@AlbertBreer</a> &amp; me: Retroactive suspensions has not been divisive for potential new policy. If deal approved, new standards would apply</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/status/509761961538908161">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Good news/bad news for fantasy. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> RBs split the workload as expected. But they all thrived in versatile roles <a href="http://t.co/kjb4HYI8qz">http://t.co/kjb4HYI8qz</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/509757388480450561">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NFL?src=hash">#NFL</a> teams with the most players age 30 &amp; over: Bears 16, Titans 12, Cards 13, Raiders 11, SF 11, Steelers 11, NO 11, NYG 11, Philly 10.</p>&mdash; Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) <a href="https://twitter.com/mikejurecki/status/509752752059056128">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> LB Jonathan Vilma criticizes Roger Goodell over handling of Ray Rice situation <a href="http://t.co/rv5fcL40L8">http://t.co/rv5fcL40L8</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/509746867089833984">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Look at this perfect, by the book Falcon block <a href="http://t.co/DeiUl5KEjy">pic.twitter.com/DeiUl5KEjy</a></p>&mdash; ok awesome (@ok__awesome) <a href="https://twitter.com/ok__awesome/status/509738784930664448">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma blasts Roger Goodell in Ray Rice saga <a href="http://t.co/4SXaSGugG8">http://t.co/4SXaSGugG8</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/509735091820445696">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>MT <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51">@JonVilma51</a>: Know firsthand commissioner will go to great lengths to &quot;gather all evidence.&quot; Purposely didn&#39;t in this instance. Appalling.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/509730437141233664">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>*exceptions for dudes named Cerullo MT <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer">@AlbertBreer</a>: Goodell: &quot;We don&#39;t seek information from sources that are not credible.*&quot;</p>&mdash; Reid (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/status/509542901479534592">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Saints CB Keenan Lewis referred to bad tackling at least 20 times today, regardless of the question. Clearly it&#39;s been addressed this wk</p>&mdash; Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanFazende/status/509796205036335104">September 10, 2014</a></blockquote>

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Roger Goodell and the Ray Rice Saga

Jonathan Vilma criticizes Roger Goodell over Ray Rice punishment - ESPN
Former New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma joined the chorus of critics of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his handling of the Ray Rice in

Roger Goodell won't be fired, but credibility has come into question | The MMQB with Peter King
Two years ago, Roger Goodell told the New Orleans Saints that ignorance was not a suitable defense in the Bountygate scandal. In the wake of the second Ray Rice video, the NFL commissioner is using that same defense, and his credibility is slipping away

DP: Should Goodell be suspended? | ProFootballTalk
"Sean Payton was suspended for Bountygate, right?" Patrick said in the opening segment of his TV/radio show, which is broadcast by among other outlets NBCSN.  "Lost a whole year. . . .  He runs the Saints.  Now, he was not involved directly in Bountygate.  But it was still his team, so he was punished.

Did Ray Rice lie to Roger Goodell? | ProFootballTalk
When it comes to the NFL's reaction to the Ray Rice video, the league has refrained from clearly and unequivocally saying that Rice lied about his actions inside the elevator.  But Commissioner Roger Goodell has strongly hinted that bad information came from Rice.

Goodell outlines Rice investigation for owners, says league didn’t "directly" ask hotel for video | ProFootballTalk
In a memorandum sent to NFL owners on Wednesday, commissioner Roger Goodell said the league did not "directly" request surveillance footage from the Atlantic City hotel in which ex-Ravens tailback Ray Rice struck his now-wife in an elevator in February. In the memo, which was posted on NFL.

Giants co-owner says Roger Goodell’s job not in jeopardy | ProFootballTalk
Giants co-owner John Mara might not have liked the way the Ray Rice case was handled initially, but he has no problems with the job NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is doing now.

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Saints News

Saints nowhere near the panic button - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
ESPN.com New Orleans Saints reporter Mike Triplett says the season-opening loss exposed legitimate concerns about the defense, but nothing that

New Orleans Saints vs. Cleveland Browns: Five Impact Players
New Orleans Saints vs. Cleveland Browns: Five Impact Players - John Hendrix looks at the five players who can make the difference in a Saints win or loss.

Sean Payton on mental toughness
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton on Monday, Sept. 8 talked about players needing to be mentally tough.

Film study: Reviewing New Orleans Saints' offense, Week 1 - ESPN
If the New Orleans Saints' offense plays the way it did Sunday, the Saints are going to win a lot of games. The offensive line was outstanding in bot

New Orleans Saints running backs less predictable, more successful - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- Both of Mark Ingram's touchdown runs Sunday for the New Orleans Saints came when he was the only back in a shotgun formation, with fo

Saints Looking to Rebound Already After Week 1 - New Orleans Saints - NFL News - Pro Football Spot - Forums
Forum dedicated to the coverage of the NFL, NFL Draft, and fantasy Football. We are an online community of NFL fans that have established a platform to provide and discuss quality football information.

Running back Ben Tate to miss 2-4 weeks, and other Cleveland Browns links | NOLA.com
Jordan Cameron aggravated sprained shoulder

This date in New Orleans Saints history: Sean Payton's first game - and win | NOLA.com
Saints facts of the day

Is corporate welfare for Tom Benson and the Saints a good deal?: James Varney/Thursday chat | NOLA.com
For every New Orleanian who took pride in Forbes magazine putting Saints owner Tom Benson on its billionaires list, there has to be one scratching his head over the corporate welfare. It looks like a bad deal for taxpayers.

Saints will be ready if Johnny Manziel, Josh Gordon play this week, Sean Payton says | NOLA.com
Payton said Manziel has been discussed in meetings this week.

Is P-Rob Really the "P-Roblem" with the Saints Defense?
Who Dat Dish Staff Writer Barry Hirstius examines whether Saints CB Patrick Robinson (a.k.a., 'P-Rob') is to blame for the poor play of the Saints defense.

Falcons win 2 of NFC’s 3 Player of the Week Awards at expense of the Saints | Black and Gold

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Other NFL News

Latest concussion may end John Abraham’s career | ProFootballTalk
One of the best pass rushers in NFL history may be ready to call it quits because of concussions. Cardinals defensive end John Abraham, who suffered a concussion on Monday night against the Chargers, has left the team and may not return, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.