Jonathan Vilma presented with affidavit saying he placed bounty on Favre
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday to discuss the Saints’ bounty scandal allegations and his suspension, which has been temporarily lifted.
At the meeting, Vilma and his attorney were given an affidavit signed by former Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, saying Vilma offered $10,000 to any teammate who hurt Brett Favre in the 2010 NFC Championship Game, according to NFL.com.
Vilma and his attorney Peter Ginsberg still deny that a bounty program ever existed.
“I don’t know what Gregg Williams’ motives are, but I do know that any suggestion by Williams that Jonathan put up $10,000 as an incentive for his teammates to injure another player is absolutely false,” Ginsberg said, according to the Associated Press.
Ginsberg also said the NFL has documentation that contradicts Williams’ statement, notes NFL.com.
On Monday night, Vilma tweeted he has sworn statements to support his case:
The nfl has 1 affidavit saying i did it. I have NINE saying i didnt. Do the math. Hush haters.
— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) September 18, 2012
Earlier this month, an appeals panel overturned the suspensions of Vilma, Saints’ defensive end Will Smith, Cleveland Browns’ linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove.
Williams, who joined the St. Louis Rams during the offseason, was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his part in the alleged bounty scandal.