Jonathan Vilma has appealed his year long suspension from the NFL for his alleged role in the New Orleans Saints bounty investigation. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Vilma has appealed his suspension, which is just the latest update in a story that likely won't be going away anytime soon.
That Vilma appealed his suspension isn't a surprise. It's what we expected after he released a statement indicating his intention to fight the allegations against him.
This is the first step in resolving what appears to be a potentially lengthy process, as the NFL and NFLPA continue to disagree about a number of aspects involved in the case.
The NFLPA has challenged the authority of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to discipline the players, and the NFL clearly disagrees with the NFLPA's take. The NFLPA has filed a grievance to resolve the case, but the NFL feels confident it will win that.
The NFLPA is in a tough spot, because it needs to defend players who are alleged to be trying to injure other players. They represent the players alleged in the bounty scandal, and the players who were targeted in the bounty scandal.
Is there a solution in this case that you can see?
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