NEW YORK – Saints player Jonathan Vilma has left an NFL hearing to appeal his season-long suspension for participating in the Saints' bounty program, with the linebacker saying the process is not fair.
Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, says the NFL requested an adjournment to Monday afternoon, but he and Vilma refused. Ginsberg says Commissioner Roger Goodell failed to present the evidence on which he based his decision to impose the player's suspension.
Vilma says he doesn't know how he can get a fair hearing when Goodell is "judge, jury and executioner."
Three other players are scheduled to have their appeals heard later Monday — Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita.