Somebody PLEASE point out where Goodell ordered Vilma to be somewhere to meet him, and Vilma flat out refused!!! Did I miss this HUGE story??? Because that within itself is considered insubordination and he should have been suspended for that alone.
Again please provide the link where he refused to see Goodell
It's referenced on the first page of this very thread, specifically post 17 (link
The full statement released by the NFL can be read here (link
Here's the pertinent info, with an important point in bold:
A number of current and former players, including each player disciplined today, were offered the opportunity to be interviewed with counsel present. One player (Hargrove) submitted a written statement in which he did not dispute the existence of the program, but no player agreed to be interviewed in person.
So they were offered the chance not only to defend themselves, but to do so with their lawyers present
, and turned it down. And again, everything was reviewed by a former US Attorney who actually now works for a defense firm (link
"We also took the step of engaging Mary Jo White, the former United States Attorney for New York, at an early stage of the investigation in order to ensure both the fairness of the process and the reliability of the information on which our decisions were made in the Saints** matter," Goodell wrote. "Following a process that she has frequently undertaken on a wide range of matters in recent years, Mrs. White provided an independent view of the investigation from the perspective of an experienced and highly respected law enforcement officer.
"After her review, she expressed a high degree of confidence in the fairness of the investigation, the reliability of the findings, and the quality of evidence that supported those findings."
That's independent review
. She is not
a league employee. And as a former US Attorney and a practicing defense lawyer, I'd say she's got pretty good legal qualifications.
In short, the NFL has done an excellent
job of covering their bases.