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Jonathan Vilma’s Twitter avatar: SI mag cover with ‘Bounty Culture’ story (pic)

It was announced Wednesday that New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma has been suspended for the entire 2012 season — effective immediately —  for his role in the BountyGate scandal. Three other players (Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith) have also had their suspensions announced with each receiving less severe punishments.

Further, it is doubtful that any of those three players will choose to appear as outwardly defiant as the manner in which Vilma has been conducting himself on the day his suspension was handed down.

The image above is currently (and shockingly) being used by Vilma for his Twitter avatar, leaving one to wonder if Vilma truly gets it. Irrespective of how wronged he feels about being singled out with the harshest punishment of any player involved in the scandal, to so brazenly mock the NFL in such a manner is a bad idea at best.

Vilma also tweeted a reply to one of his followers relating to why he elected to use the Sports Illustrated cover for his Twitter avatar. You can view that below.

Oh, snap. Because Jon Vilma can. Indeed. Well, I suppose once you are suspended for an entire season, there’s no point in turning back. But what makes Vilma’s tweet even more of a head-scratcher is that it was tweeted early Wednesday morning, long before Vilma became aware of his suspension, a development seemingly confirmed by the report that Vilma learned of his punishment when he was watching SportsCenter.

Finally, for what it’s worth, the Twitter account of @ThePack_Man, the individual who originally inquired about Vilma’s unique choice of avatar, is currently suspended. Although it is unknown exactly what precipitated @ThePack_Man’s suspension. Perhaps he put a bounty on Jonathan Vilma’s Twitter account and the powers-that-be found out about it.