New Orleans Saints Jonathan Vilma's injunction might be fruitless; NFL responds

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August, 16, 2009; Metarie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma (51) walks off the field during the Saints training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma recently filed an injunction for temporary restraining order to halt his suspension for the time being.  That order he is requesting could be dead in water though with a response the NFL filed.

Vilma has been at the forefront of a legal battle that Saints fans have followed so blindly and furiously that it almost will rival the battle speech in the movie “Braveheart”.  Vilma could end up like Mel Gibson did at the end of the movie as well.

I say that with no disrespect for Vilma, but as I recently discussed the issue with Josh Pacheco on ESPN 1420, at the end of the day everything that he is fighting for is covered in the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement (CBA).

Every argument that Vilma has brought forth is shot down because of the CBA allowing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to basically have the final word on player discipline.

The one thing that I have thought Vilma did have a chance at is his civil defamation suit he filed against Goodell and that’s only because the Commissioner doesn’t have control over that.

With all his legal avenues exhausted, Vilma has tried to file the restraining order with the plausible argument that any time away from the Saints trainers and doctors will severely hamper the rehabilitation of his injured knee.

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  • larryjames836

    So if this CBA gives the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that much power, so this means he can mess over these players with concussions lawsuits. If this the case people’s the NFL is mess up, now I see why Drew Brees was asking for a long term contract. This CBA must have been made just for Roger Goodell himself because its not helping the players. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell knows this CBA better than any owners and players I just wonder did the owners and players had a full understanding of what this CBA contend. This is something like a mob once you in there’s nothing you can do to hurt the mob or the NFL. This is not caring for players safety this is the NFL covering themselves come on fans over your eyes a player don’t stand a chance in front of the NFL commissioner. Know wonder why they were trying to line military up with football this CBA is almost setup like military guidelines. Make it were know one can interfere in the NFL business just like a mob they have they own judge, jury, and hangman. Really the NFL players don’t stand a chance under this CBA mess I don’t know who ideal it was but the players are limited. I just wonder about the owners with this CBA in place they might be limited and they are the owners. Right now Roger Goodell feel like he’s the ruler the owners cannot say anything he just might suspend them or fine them.