New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma asks court to inquire about breach of confidentiality
NFL offering him a reduction of his yearlong suspension to eight games, conditional upon dropping his defamation suit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Vilma entered into settlement discussions with the NFL in good faith," Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg, said in the filing. "Vilma is well aware of, and has absolutely complied with, his obligations to safeguard the existence and substance of all such discussions, as have all of his representatives.
"Media reporting of settlement discussions, attributed to "NFL sources," coming the day after the harsh and unfortunate comments from Goodell, some of which are identified above, reflect a long-standing media campaign by Goodell and the NFL in this matter. Vilma respectfully requests the Court to make inquiry regarding the breach of the obligations to retain the confidentiality of settlement discussions."
ESPN's report said that the offer was made late last week in the process of ongoing settlement talks involving the NFL, Vilma and three current and former suspended Saints players represented by the NFL Players Association.
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Goodell needs to fight this in the court of public opinion. Gag orders aren't conducive to his fighting style. He's counting on people accepting what he says as gospel and that reporters won't go checking into the facts of the case as long as he keeps feeding them with enough words to fill their daily quotas for print.
When it doesn't happen, people start asking questions like "What ever happened to the other 49,880 pages of evidence Roger?" or "Is there anything else that might show that these players were funding a pool for injuring specific players like you said Roger?" or "What was it again that showed Vilma, Fujita, Smith or Hargrove specifically did... well anythng Roger?". When he doesn't answer, they might start thinking for themselves or checking the facts, which doesn't bode well for his case.
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