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Steve Geller

"WWL First News" Sports Anchor
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"Sports Talk" Producer
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Geller: Vilma appeal no surprise

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has officially appealed the suspension which Commissioner Roger Goodell and the NFL handed him a week ago.

Obviously nobody wants to sit out of their profession for an entire year and not get paid. Several players around the league voiced their displeasure about the suspension, saying it's unfair to remove a veteran player like Vilma from the game for an entire year.

It's clear that he doesn't have much football left in him and missing an entire season is obviously a huge blow to his earning potential.

Defensive end Will Smith has until the end of business today to submit his appeal, as do Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and Packers defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove - both former Saints.

How much luck will any of them have when Emperor... I mean Commissioner Goodell is the judge, jury and executioner?  Not likely... just ask Sean Payton, Joe Vitt and Mickey Loomis.  That is why the players' union is asking for arbitration for the players to ensure the commissioner doesn't have the final say.

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05/07/2012 11:05AM
Geller: Vilma appeal surprise
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