Saints’ bounty suspensions overturned
On Friday, the NFL league had overturned its decision to suspend New Orleans Saints players who were accused of participating in a bounty program.
The suspended players consisted of linebacker Jonathan Vilma, defensive end Will Smith, linebacker Scott Fujita who is now with the Cleveland Browns, and free agent defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove, according to ESPN.
Right after hearing the decision, Vilma tweeted, “Victory is mine!!!! –stewie griffin.”
The Saints players accused NFL commissioner Roger Goodell of abusing his power and following improper procedures, all without sufficient evidence.
It was definitely a big victory for the Saints, especially since they are entering the season without super bowl coach Sean Payton who is still suspended for the rest of the season along with assistant coach Joe Vitt, and general manager Mickey Loomis, reports Sports XChange.
According to USA Today, Vitt will be replacing Payton after Vitt returns from his six game suspensions. In the meantime, offensive line coach Aaron Kromer will replace Vitt.
The Saints got back two of their key defensive pieces just in time right before entering the 2012 season against rookie Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins.