Jonathan Vilma Files New Lawsuit, Sues NFL
A little over a month ago, New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma sued NFL comissioner Roger Goodell for defamation of character. Over the weekend, Vilma filed a second lawsuit in federal court, this one against the NFL, claiming Goodell did not make a timely appeal ruling in regards to Vilma’s season-long suspension for his alleged involvement in “bountygate.”
Vilma filed the suit Saturday in New Orleans, requesting a restraining order. If granted, a temporary restraining order would allow Vilma to play football this season, even if Goodell upholds the suspension.
In the latest suit, Vilma and his lawyers point to a statement in the new CBA that claims Goodell should have ruled as soon as possible after the June 18 appeals hearing.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello released a statement on behalf of the league office regarding Vilma’s lawsuit:
“”We have not yet had an opportunity to review Mr. Vilma’s improper effort to litigate a matter that is committed to a collectively bargained process. There is no basis for asking a federal court to substitute its judgment for the procedures agreed upon by the NFL and NFLPA, procedures that have been in place, and have served the game well, for decades.”
Vilma maintains that the league altered documents of evidence because they could not substantiate his suspension. And that’s not all Vilma is claiming.