New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and according to ESPN.com more evidence was released.
In Monday’s meeting, the NFL gave Vilma a sworn affidavit from former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams that the New Orleans linebacker offered $10,000 to any teammate who knocked quarterback Brett Favre out of the January 2010 NFC Championship Game, a source with knowledge of the meeting told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
In the same affidavit, Williams confirmed the Saints had a pay-for-performance pool funded by the Saints players, the source said.
Williams, according to the source, said he knew the pool violated league rules, but they never had the intent to injure or commit any on-field misconduct, they never rewarded any conduct that the refs flagged as a penalty, and any penalized conduct — such as roughing the passer, or an illegal hit, was penalized — not encouraged — and the player responsible had to pay money into the pool.
The source also said that Williams admitted he was not forthcoming with the league when it first approached him about the issue in 2010.
What’s interesting is that the sworn affidavit that Williams signed, was signed on September 14, 2012, which was just last Friday.
The sworn affidavit from former Saints DC Gregg Williams that the NFL presented today to Jonathan Vilma was signed Friday, Sept 14, 2012.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 17, 2012