New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma strikes back at NFL with defamation suit

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Jan 16, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) near the end of the game aginst the Arizona Cardinals at the 2010 NFC divisional playoff game at the Louisiana Superdome. The Saints defeated the Cardinals 45-14. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker is showing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell that not only can he play defense, but offense as well with a defamation lawsuit that was filed today.

Vilma, in a lawsuit filed in Louisiana today, is suing Goodell for defamation in regards to the “bounty” investigation.  Vilma stated that the term “Bounty” will be associated with his name for a long time to come.

He also stated that people will “remember his name with ill repute”.  Vilma has been singled out during the entire investigation although he claims there is little to no evidence to support the allegations against him.

Goodell has argued that revealing key evidence along with witness statements and witness names would only hinder others from coming forward in the future to report wrongdoings within their team or organization.

The due process for the NFL drastically strays from the criminal law aspect where you have to have probable cause and the prosecution must share evidence with the defense and allow the defense to face their accusers and question a witness for the prosecution.

Vilma also currently is appealing his year-long suspension from Goodell which was heard yesterday.  If Vilma wins the appeal and lawsuit, he will literally change the balance of power that some think Goodell has too much of.

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  • DARKTHRONE

    Well Gene…
    No way am I, a Saints FREAK gonna take Goodell’s word on this.
    Show the evidence of a “bounty program”… that’s all.
    And if Vilma and the Saints are proven 100% guilty, fiiiiine.
    Vilma obviously feels like he’s been slighted enough (and I agree) to rebut.  I’ve said all along to my lady when this thing first started, “Wow, they (the media/TV/websites) sure are plastering Vilma’s face all over this thing like a poster child..”
    I’d love to see Jon win this, for himself, for the Saints org, and for us fans.
    How I would LOVE to see the screeching about face comments on trash sites like PFT.
    Hell yes I’m biased (!), but this just feels warm in my guts, and that’s a good thing.
    Makes me wanna turn up a cold sip for Vilma!
    SAINTS WILL DESTROY
    PA

  • steelersnh

    Oh I believe it happened, I don’t think it was just the Saints though. But they got busted for it. I love the fact that he is going after Goodell..lmao. That is one guy the leaque would be better off with out. This may be a step in that direction.

  • DARKTHRONE

     @steelersnh -
    Thank you for NOT being a troll…. like the pricks on PFT… 
    See, I NEVER go to another team’s website for jack shit… I could give two humps.
    But you are an AFC advocate, and good on you for showing some class.
    And HECK YES “something” happened…
    “Something” that happens/happened every second, of every year, since the dawn of the game itself.
    Be cool there Steeler lover-
    Hope we meet in the big game.
    PA

  • LI Saint

     @steelersnh I agree with you and hope that what you say is true