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Jonathan Polynice Vilma (born April 16, 1982 in Coral Gables, Florida) is an American football linebacker for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League. He was originally...

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Jonathan Vilma suspended for 2012 season for role in Saints bounty system

Jonathan Vilma suspended for 2012 season for role in Saints bounty system The NFL continued doling out punishment for the New Orleans Saints bounty program on Wednesday, suspending linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season for his role in the team's pay-for-hits system. Defensive end Will Smith will sit out four games. Anthony Hargrove, a former Saints defensive end who signed with the Green Bay Packers in March, was given an eight-game suspension. Cleveland Browns linebacker Scott Fujita was suspended for three games. The NFL found that Vilma offered $10000 of his own money to any team member who knocked Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre out of 2009 playoff games. The linebacker agreed to a rare pay cut last month. He was scheduled to make $3.3 million salary and bonuses in 2012. His suspension is without pay, but it's immediately unclear whether he'll receive the $1 million roster bonus. Fujita was also found to have pledged his own money in the bounty system. Analysts had expected the players to receive lengthy suspensions. A one-year ban for Vilma was a mild surprise, but fits with Roger Goodell's strict handling of the bounty scandal. Saints head coach Sean Payton began serving his season-long suspension last month. The team's interim coach, Joe Vitt, is suspended for eight games but will be allowed to coach at offseason minicamps and in the preseason. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, the <b>...</b>
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