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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is being sued in federal court by linebacker Jonathan Vilma of the New Orleans Saints for libel and slander. The lawsuit stems over remarks that Goodell made publicly concerning Vilma and the recent Bountygate scandal in the NFL.

Goodell suspended Vilma for the entire 2012/13 season for allegedly putting up a $10,000 bounty reward to any of his Saints teammates who could knock quarterbacks Kurt Warner and Brett Favre out of the game while playing against New Orleans during the 2009 playoffs. However, Vilma denied the charges and said there isn’t any evidence supporting these remarks. The 30-year-old Vilma has asked for unspecified damages in his 16-page lawsuit.

Peter Ginsberg, Vilma’s lawyer, said Goodell chose to make public statements regarding the bounty incident, but the accusations he made are false. He now wants Goodell to pay for the damage his remarks have caused Vilma. Ginsberg added that the statements made about his client are very serious and he’ll be able to prove they were also irresponsible and harmful.

The NFL released a statement on May 17 which said the league hasn’t reviewed the lawsuit, but it’s committed to providing a safe environment for its players as well as protecting the integrity of the sport and realizes there will be some people who disagree with their decisions. The Saints didn’t make a public comment, but Vilma wrote a message on his Twitter account which said he has never paid anybody money or even intended to pay money to a teammate for intentionally injuring an opposing player.

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