They most likely heard the news on the radio, by word of mouth or on TV. It turns out that's how Saints star linebacker Jonathan Vilma found out, too.
Vilma has been banned from the NFL for an entire season while teammate Will Smith, a defensive end, has been suspended four games. Packers defensive end Anthony Hargrove, with the Saints from 2009 to 2010, was given an eight-game suspension, and Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is out for three.
Vilma was rumored to be a lead offender in a team program that paid players cash for hard hits and knocking opponents out of games. When Vilma's suspension was handed down Tuesday, the NFL said he had offered $10,000 for a hit on Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner in 2009 and the same amount for a hit on Brett Favre in 2010.
If anyone doubted that the league's decision showed what NFL leaders thought of Vilma's actions, the way he found out may have been even more telling.
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