Vilma’s Lawyer Challenges Ledger
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The attorney for suspended New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma says a ledger of cash bonuses and fines for Saints players shows no proof of bounties placed on targeted opponents.
Lawyer Peter Ginsberg says the leaking of the ledger shows how "misguided and irresponsible" NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been in handling the bounty probe.
People familiar with the ledger told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday that the document indicates payments for plays called "cart-offs" and "whacks."
Ginsberg says the commissioner interviewed the person who kept the ledger, and knows that "the 'whacks' and 'cart-off,' though regrettably named, were descriptions of good, clean, legal plays, and that any dirty or penalized play resulted in fines."
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says he has no comment on Ginsberg's statement.