The lawsuit, filed Saturday night in U. District Court in New Orleans, also asks for a temporary restraining order to allow Vilma to continue working if Goodell upholds the suspension. Brandt: Saints will contend in Despite all the offseason turmoil, the Saints made a huge impression on Gil Brandt with focused team workouts. It is the second lawsuit Vilma has filed in the matter.
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The lawsuit filed Saturday night in U. District Court in New Orleans also asks for a temporary restraining order to allow Vilma to continue working if Goodell upholds the suspension. It is the second lawsuit Vilma has filed in the matter. The first, filed in May and also in federal court in New Orleans, seeks unspecified damages from Goodell for defamation of character. Because players, in protest, declined to present new evidence or argue their case in the hearing, Goodell should have been able to rule by June 25, the first business day after the record was closed in the matter, the lawsuit argues.
His suit also claims that the few key pieces of evidence the league shared are flawed, including printed reproductions of handwritten notes. The lawsuit seeks to discredit a key piece of evidence outlining bounty pledges from before the NFC Championship Game against Minnesota in January , and also takes aim at fired assistant coach Mike Cerullo, who, according to Vilma, produced the document for the league.
Cerullo had a vendetta against the Saints after his firing following the season, and resented that the Super Bowl ring he received had been made with imitation cubic zirconia diamonds, the lawsuit contends. The lawsuit claims Cerullo created the document "well after the NFC Championship Game and in an effort to gain revenge against the Saints. However, Aiello has denied that key witnesses in the bounty probe have retracted statements. Aiello also has said the NFL has not issued any gag orders.
The NFL has said that Williams, who is suspended indefinitely, organized a bounty system that offered cash for hits that injured opponents, and which ran during his three seasons as defensive coordinator in New Orleans from The same associate confirmed that Goodell ordered Williams not to speak about the bounty matter with other punished individuals, the lawsuit said.
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Among the player suspensions, linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for a period of one year without pay. Vilma has filed ten claims alleging basically slander and libel claims, along with one claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Vilma is clearly trying to avoid triggers in his labor agreement that could damage his bringing a lawsuit against the NFL. Vilma could be seeking to get "discovery" from Goodell. The argument will be fairly simple and will likely assert Vilma has to pursue his rights and remedies within his collective bargaining agreement.
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During his rookie campaign, he recorded tackles, two sacks, and three interceptions, one of which was returned for his first NFL touchdown. Vilma also replaced Zach Thomas at the Pro Bowl. He compiled tackles, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one interception. He suffered a season ending knee injury during the New York Jets week 7 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.
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