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CharityMike 05-17-2012 02:46 PM

Jonathan Vilma sues Roger Goodell
 
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NEW ORLEANS -- Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.


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The lawsuit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell has made false statements about Vilma while discussing the NFL's bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

Goodell has said Vilma was a leader of the team's bounty program that put up thousands of dollars for bounties on opposing team's star players, including on then-Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner and then-Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre during the 2009-10 playoffs.

Goodell has also suspended Vilma for the entire season. Vilma and three other players who received shorter suspensions all have appealed their punishments.

Vilma denies putting up money to knock any player out of a game.

His lawsuit asks for unspecified monetary damages.

New Orleans Saints' Jonathan Vilma sues commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation - ESPN

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ChrisXVI 05-17-2012 02:55 PM

Oh my... Time to put up or shut up Goodell. Lay your cards on the table and show us that you have more proof than just hearsay from a disgruntled former employee. If he doesn't then I don't see how he can be allowed to remain commish.

saintfan 05-17-2012 02:55 PM

HELL TO THE YES! Go get his ass Vilma!

Euphoria 05-17-2012 02:57 PM

WOW... finally someone takes action!!!

hagan714 05-17-2012 03:09 PM

now it gets fun.
:broccoli::broccoli::broccoli::broccoli::broccoli: :broccoli::broccoli::broccoli:

nfl has to provide the proof in court, love it!
:lightsabres:

two thumbs up.
:itsgood:

AsylumGuido 05-17-2012 03:11 PM

The suit demands a trial by jury, as well, which is his right. I am so loving this!!!

NOLA54 05-17-2012 03:12 PM

Out frikin standing! I think the citizens of the state, especially New Orleans should file a lawsuit. Goodell's claims & statements about our team, which represents us & is identified with the city & it's citizens, have defamed us as a state, a city & has cast a shadow over the Super Bowl being hosted by New Orleans. I'm certain there is more than one lawyer who would be willing to represent us in a glass action suit.

It is time for us to fight back! Let's get the ball rollong now!

hagan714 05-17-2012 03:15 PM

class action suit by the fans? remember we paid for the saints based on income the saints bring to the city. now the nfl is damaging the revenue the state can obtain. we do have the right to protect our tax based investment

any lawyers out there?

what is it 250 sigs to get the ball rolling

Jankman8 05-17-2012 03:16 PM

Sue he his A**!

SapperSaint 05-17-2012 03:30 PM

This is awesome. I think the new name for this will be call GoodellGate!

or PettyBSGate

or IfalsifiedinfoGate


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