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Vilma Sits Down with Goodell; Gets Affidavit from Williams Thrown at Him

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma had a sit down today with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about his suspension that was temporarily lifted.

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 Adam Schefter of ESPN.

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.

Before his meeting on Monday, Vilma said “I’ve got no expectations right now,” as he entered NFL headquarters with his lawyer, Peter Ginsberg.

They came out a little more than three hours later, and Vilma called the meeting “very frank, very truthful.”

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