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Was Vilma seeking bounty put on Gore on this play?

Four of the New Orleans Saints who were among the players exhorted by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams to go after certain 49ers players during January's NFC playoff semifinal have been suspended by the NFL, a cautionary tale that terrible consequences can ensue when good people do questionable things.

Given the alleged financial involvement of Jonathan Vilma in the New Orleans' bounty scandal, it wasn't altogether shocking that the respected middle linebacker was suspended for the entire 2012 season by commissioner Roger Goodell. What might be more surprising in hindsight is that Vilma – one of the brightest, most articulate, grounded, well educated and socially conscious players in the entire...

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