Report: Benson, Goodell meet
August, 14, 2012
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com
Let the speculation begin.
Adam Schefter reports that New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson spent Tuesday morning meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Schefter reports that Benson wanted to discuss the way his team was treated for its role in what the league has called a bounty program. Coach Sean Payton was suspended for the season. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt will be suspended for the first six games of the regular season and general manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for the first eight games.
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the season and defensive end Will Smith for the first four games. Two other Saints, currently playing elsewhere, also have drawn suspensions.
The news of the meeting between Benson and Goodell comes at a time when a Louisiana judge is waiting to rule on Vilma’s lawsuit against Goodell. There have been previous reports that the league had offered to reduce Vilma’s suspension to half a season, but that would require him dropping the lawsuit. The league quickly denied that any such offer had been made.
But the judge urged the parties to engage in settlement talks last week.
The fact that Goodell and Benson sat down and talked at least makes you wonder if some sort of settlement might be in the works.