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Charges of Resisting Arrest and Other Crimes Against Vilma Dropped

Good news today for linebacker Jonathan Vilma, as prosecutors dropped charges of resisting arrest and other crimes today against him as the linebacker agreed to give money to charity and clear up outstanding tickets.

The former University of Miami player was arrested last month during a traffic stop and charged with felony resisting arrest with violence and misdemeanor counts of reckless driving and obstruction of justice.

Vilma will donate $1,000 to a hospital trauma center, said Ed Griffith, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office. The officer involved agreed with the decision not to press charges, Griffith said.

In a statement released by the Saints, Vilma thanked prosecutors for their decision.

“As I have indicated in the past, I would vigorously fight any charges filed against me surrounding the incident that occurred,” Vilma said. “I believe the State Attorney’s office did the just and right thing in this matter.”

Defense attorney Michael Tein said his client is relieved and is looking forward to focusing on football again.

Vilma will be a free agent this winter but has said he would prefer to stay in New Orleans. He led the Saints in tackles in his first season with New Orleans after spending his first four years with the New York Jets.


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