Jonathan Vilma Is Suing Roger Goodell for Defamation of Character

By Bryan Lutz

New Orleans Saints’ linebacker Jonathan Vilma is sick of being on the defensive side in this whole bounty scandal, so now he’s going on the offensive. Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation of character, claming that Roger Goodell has tarnished him throughout this whole ordeal.

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Needless to say, this is a complete and utter mess right now. Jonathan Vilma isn’t the only former Saints’ player who was suspended for the bounty scandal. Teammates Anthony Hargrove (now with the Green Bay Packers) received eight games, current Saints’ DL Will Smith will miss four games, and former linebacker Scott Fujita got a three gamer. Of course, head coach Sean Payton is suspended for the season, with interim head coach Joe Vitt suspended for six.

It will be interesting to see how this plays out in court, and if Jonathan Vilma and the NFL go all the way with it. Personally, I think Jonathan Vilma is a terrible person, and I have no doubts he had some part in the bounty scandal. However, he was just doing what he was told by the main headhunter in this situation, Gregg Williams.

All the people involved in this whole situation are just foot soliders for the main culprit. Now, granted, Jonathan Vilma and the rest of the Saints players did a terrible thing. But when it’s pounded in your head for years to follow the orders of your coaches no matter what they say, problems like this can occur.

I don’t think Jonathan Vilma should be suspended for the season. In fact, I think every player suspension should be cut in half because it was the coaches doing more than the players.

The you know what might hit the fan in this lawsuit. The NFL is in the downtime of their season, but with this recent news, it might be must-see TV before mandatory training camps start league wide.

Bryan is a featured writer for Rant Sports. Although he concentrates mostly on the game of baseball, you can find him covering things all over the Rant Sports Network.


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