“If anybody’s keeping a scorecard here, let’s take a look at this. At no point in time did our players ever cross the white line with the intention of injuring, maiming or ending the career of another player. That never took place.”
-Joe Vitt, assistant head coach, New Orleans Saints
Acting head coach says the truth will set him free
When asked about the defamation lawsuit filed by Jonathan Vilma, the Saints linebacker, against Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, assistant coach, and interim head coach, Joe Vitt, told a YouWager news source that the truth about the pay-for-pain system may finally come out when the case goes before U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans. Vitt said witnesses lied about him, his team, and the Saints franchise. Vitt believes these witnesses will likely change their stories in a federal court of law.
Vitt is still mad about what’s been said, and he says, unlike those who discredited him, he he has nothing to fear. “I’ve testified before a federal judge with my hand on the Bible,” Vitt told YouWager’s source. “What’s going to happen now is all participants, all these accusations, are going to go to federal court. They’re going to go to a judge, and from top to bottom, she’s going to hear testimony, and the penalty for perjury with her is going to be jail time.”
In recent the NFL appeal hearings, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified that he attempted to stop the Saints’ bounty program, but that he was overruled by Vitt. The transcripts from the closed-door hearings, according to YouWager’s source, show that Vitt denied Williams’ allegation and said he was willing to take a lie detector test. Vitt called Williams a liar, saying, “There’s a lot of lying going on right now.” Vitt said Williams “has lost his mind in some situations.”
Saints quarterback Drew Brees has pointed out to the sports betting public that the league based its case on testimony from Gregg Williams and former defensive assistant Mike Cerullo. Brees called them “two disgruntled employees that were fired here because they did not fit the mold of what we are about.”
As YouWager’s serious football bettors surely know by now, Goodell appointed Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue to oversee the players’ appeals, and he overturned their suspensions.
After his suspension, for six games, Vitt became the interim head coach for the Saints in the 2012 NFL football wagering season. His boss, head coach Sean Payton was suspended the entire season. General manager Mickey Loomis was out for eight games.
Under the collective bargaining agreement, the players were aided by their union. “Myself, Sean and Mickey didn’t have that right,” Vitt said. “I’ve already served my time. Mickey has already served his time. And to be quite frank with you, I don’t know what door to knock on Park Avenue (at the NFL headquarters) to get my reputation back. But again, I’m going to defend our players, I’m going to defend this organization and I’m going to defend our ownership.”
When he was asked if he might pursue legal action against the NFL or the commissioner, Vitt told YouWager’s source, “There’s nothing. It’s history. We’ll all be before a federal judge. That’s coming. We’ll all be before the federal judge. And the one great thing about this country — the truth is going to prevail.”