GLENDALE, AZ - FILE: Linebacker Jonathan Vilma #51 of the New Orleans Saints stands on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona. It was reported on May 2, 2012 that linebacker Jonathan Vilma along with three other players have been suspended by the NFL for their role in the New Orleans Saints' bounty system. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Jonathan Vilma's attempt to appeal his bounty scandal suspension—he's currently out for the year thanks to the "bountygate" evidence that got erstwhile St. Louis Rams and New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended indefinitely—looks like it could turn into exactly the kind of spectacle the NFL, dealing with the fall-out from Junior Seau's death and the growing concern about concussions, doesn't need. Over the weekend his lawyer, calling the appeals process "a kangaroo court," demanded the evidence the NFL had be shared with his client.
Which, of course, makes perfect sense; if Vilma hasn't seen the evidence, or hasn't been given some idea of what it entails, he deserves it. But whether he has or hasn't is, right now, irrelevant—the important thing is that he appears to have not been given it, which gives the NFL still more to worry about as it stumbles through an offseason that's brought a lot of quiet concerns about professional football out into the open.
Hopefully the end result will be a more transparent, safer NFL. But the interim result is not pretty.