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PostSubject: Vilma sues NFL   Fri May 18, 2012 2:14 pm

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/jason-whitlock-new-orleans-saints-bountygate-jonathan-vilma-right-to-challenge-roger-goodell-supreme-rule-arrogance-051812 (opinion piece)

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Hell, yes, Jonathan Vilma should sue Roger Goodell.



Someone has to stand against the NFL's well-intentioned, but wildly out-of-control, dictator. The elite NFL media, seduced by access and/or high-paying jobs on the television networks partnered with the national pastime, won't dare chop down Goodell to appropriate size, power and influence. And the NFL Players Association seemingly lacks the courage and resolve to regularly tussle with a commissioner corrupted by absolute power.



So, yeah, in an effort to get justice, Jonathan Vilma has no choice but to drag Goodell into a courtroom. On paper, Vilma is suing for defamation. In reality, Vilma is suing to overturn a grossly excessive yearlong suspension for his limited and largely unproven role in the Saints bounty scandal.

Sean Payton, Gregg Williams, Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt — the New Orleans power structure that orchestrated, cultivated and embraced the bounty culture — confessed to and apologized for their email-documented and/or player-corroborated roles in the forbidden activity. Vilma has offered no confession or apology, and Goodell has yet to counter with hard and public evidence. Even if he has it, the yearlong suspension of Vilma is unfair, devoid of common sense and sets a dangerous precedent.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/new-orleans-saints-jonathan-vilma-defamation-lawsuit-against-roger-goodell-051712 (article)

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Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football.



The suit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell, ''relied on, at best, hearsay, circumstantial evidence and lies'' in making comments 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 hits which took out opposing teams' star players from 2009 to 2011, including $10,000 each on then-Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner and then-Minnesota quarterback Brett Favre during the playoffs in 2010.

''Commissioner Goodell opted to make very public and unfortunately erroneous allegations against Jonathan,'' said Vilma's attorney, Peter Ginsberg. ''By making these false and public statements, he has significantly harmed Jonathan's reputation and ability to make a living.

''By suing Commissioner Goodell in court, Jonathan opted to use a fair playing field where he has procedural rights and protections to remedy the harm Commissioner Goodell has done to him.''

For years I've believe Der Kommish has stretched his role into areas that aren't necessarily his to control. He's proven that he lacks consistent discipline across the board and his mantra of 'Player Safety' is nothing more than folly.

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PostSubject: Re: Vilma sues NFL   Fri May 18, 2012 2:33 pm

I thought it was Anthony Hargrove who ratted out Vilma, but I may be mistaken.

Someone should tell Hargrove that snitches get stitches.

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PostSubject: Re: Vilma sues NFL   Fri May 18, 2012 3:26 pm

if you can't do the time don't do the crime
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PostSubject: Re: Vilma sues NFL   Fri May 18, 2012 3:48 pm

@effyou515 wrote:
if you can't do the time don't do the crime

To me this is about the NFL not having a checks and balance in place to avoid his judge, jury, executioner mentality. Let's face it, he has definitely shown favoritism towards which teams he will punish (or lack there of), as well as his consistency in doing so.

I have no problem if Vilma is suspended for the entire year. What I have a problem with is why didn't he strong arm Suggs when he put the bounty of Ward?

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PostSubject: Re: Vilma sues NFL   Sat May 19, 2012 12:48 pm

@stlrtruck wrote:
What I have a problem with is why didn't he strong arm Suggs when he put the bounty of Ward?


It's the repeat offender issue. The Saints were warned by the league before after word of their bounty program got around. They also lied to the league about it when it resurfaced as an issue again. I'm sure the Ravens were sternly warned about Suggs' comments by the league. Any evidence of them continuing and lying to cover it up will more than likely be dealt with harshly.

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PostSubject: Re: Vilma sues NFL   Sat May 19, 2012 1:47 pm

@stlrtruck wrote:
To me this is about the NFL not having a checks and balance in place to avoid his judge, jury, executioner mentality. Let's face it, he has definitely shown favoritism towards which teams he will punish (or lack there of), as well as his consistency in doing so.
You're right. One person (or a small group of people) shouldn't be the judge, jury, and executioner. The NFL should have separate committees ... one dealing with infractions (charges), one dealing with punishments (fines and suspensions), and one dealing with appeals. And they should be made up of executives and players and operate independently of each other. I know that's a lot of people that would have to be involved, but the NFL is a billion-dollar business ... they can afford it. It just doesn't make any sense that players have to file an appeal with the same person who handed out the punishment. Just imagine if our court system worked that way ... On appeal: "Your honor, are you sure your ruling was correct? ... It was? OK."

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