Saints bounties: Vilma hearing breaks up

June 18, 2012 - 10:40 AM
Saints Appeals Football

FILE - From left are NFL football players Jonathan Vilma, in 2011; Anthony Hargrove, in 2010; Will Smith, in 2011; and Scott Fujita, in 2011. The appeals hearing for four players suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for their role in the Saints bounty program has begun. On hand at NFL headquarters Monday, June 18, 2012 are all four players: Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, who is suspended for the 2012 season; Green Bay defensive end Anthony Hargrove, suspended for eight games; defensive end Will Smith, who has been docked for four games; and Cleveland linebacker Scott Fujita (three games). (AP Photo/File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Saints player Jonathan Vilma has left an NFL hearing to appeal his season-long suspension for participating in the Saints' bounty program, with the linebacker saying the process is not fair.

Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, says the NFL requested an adjournment to Monday afternoon, but he and Vilma refused. Ginsberg says Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to present the evidence on which he based his decision to impose the player's suspension.

Vilma says he doesn't know how he can get a fair hearing when Goodell is "judge, jury and executioner."

Three other players are scheduled to have their appeals heard later Monday — Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita.