(NEW YORK) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet with all four players suspended for their alleged involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
The dates of the meeting have not been scheduled just yet, but Goodell will meet with Anthony Hargrove, Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and Jonathan Vilma sometime before next week.
“Each player suspended in the Saints bounty matter has declined multiple opportunities to meet with league representatives to present information,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We have reminded each of those players that we remain willing to meet with them prior to the commissioner making the determination called for by the CBA Appeals Panel. We intend to conduct any such meetings that are scheduled per our normal process under the CBA.”
Vilma like the rest of the players are hoping for a fair meeting with Goodell and so are their attorney’s.
“We want to see the evidence and confront the witnesses,” Peter Ginsberg, an attorney who represents Vilma said. “When the commissioner produces less than one percent of the evidence gathered in the investigation, it became abundantly clear we were not being offered a fair opportunity to present to him in a very strong and detailed manner what in fact took place and decided not to participate in what was clearly a charade.”
“We hope that now as we regroup that we are provided a fair and appropriate avenue to a just resolution,” he continued.
The Saints placed Vilma on the PUP list earlier this week.
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