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Jonathan Vilma Suspended for Season for Involvement in Saints Bounty Scandal

Alex KayCorrespondent IMay 2, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 23:  Linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints in action during the game against the Indianapolis Colts on October 23, 2011 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Jamie Squire/Getty Images

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the season, according to The New York Times’ Judy Battista.

NFL.com has confirmed the suspension and found that Vilma has the right to appeal the punishment to the league office within three days.

Adam Schefter is reporting that Vilma and the three other players suspended all plan on making an appeal and are preparing for a messy legal battle.

Vilma was one of the team members implicated in the bounty scandal that cost Gregg Williams his career in the NFL, got coach Sean Payton suspended for the year, and saw numerous other punishments and fines given out to the organization, GM Mickey Loomis and then-assistant and now-interim coach Joe Vitt.

The linebacker was the only played explicitly named in a league memo sent out in March about the findings of the bounty investigation.

It was reported that Vilma offered up $10,000 to anyone who knocked then-Vikings starting QB Brett Favre out of the NFC Championship Game.

We will update you right here with any further findings on the Jonathan Vilma suspension. 

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