There has been a lot of news recently involving the New Orleans Saints alleged bounty scandal. During his meeting yesterday with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Jonathan Vilma was presented with two signed affidavits. One of the signed affidavits was from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the other from former Saints assistant coach Mike Cerullo.
In both affidavits it claims that Vilma did contribute to pay-for-performance pool. All of this news is supposed to help determine whether or not Goodell can still inflict a suspension on Vilma. Vilma along with teammate Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Anthony Hargrove have been eligible to play this season after a panel of three overturned their suspensions.
In Williams’ affidavit he stated that Vilma did in fact put a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre back in the 2009 NFC championship game. In Cerullo’s affidavit it was confirmed that he was the “whistleblower” on the Saints bounty scandal, and this was something that Vilma stated early on in the bounty investigation. However, it has been said that Cerullo’s affidavit contradicts some things that were stated in Williams’.
Vilma filed subpoenas last week against Williams and Cerullo and is standing by his stance that he did not put up a $10,000 bounty on Favre. With all of the on-going legal battles it is becoming more difficult to determine who is lying and who is telling the truth.
Vilma believes that Williams was bullied into signing an affidavit that stated Vilma did put a $10,000 bounty on Favre. Furthermore, Vilma’s lawyer, Peter Ginsberg, stands by his client and also believes that Williams is lying about the alleged bounty.
Williams and Cerullo’s motives are questionable and it definitely hurts their credibility. Vilma and Ginsberg insist that Vilma did not put up money for an alleged pay-for-injury pool in New Orleans and that Williams is still providing false claims.
It is also believed that Cerullo was acting out of revenge when he came to the NFL in 2011 and presented them with the “bountygate” scandal. Cerullo had been fired by Joe Vitt and he may have been seeking revenge against Vitt and the Saints.
Whatever the case may be it is starting to look like Vilma has been telling the truth the entire time while Cerullo and Williams looking more suspicious. With all of this new information the question still remains, who is telling the truth? What do you think?