When Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season for not only allegedly participating in the BountyGate scandal, but also funding it, he immediately appealed the suspension. Today, he took things one step further, sueing Roger Goodell for defamation of character. Vilma believes Goodell made public statements that were “false” and “injurious” to his professional reputation. Vilma also says that Goodell did not turn over any evidence to the accused.
It’s unclear if this lawsuit will be successful, but it probably won’t help him get on the field in 2012. The Saints are moving forward as if Vilma will not be a member of their team in 2012 and maybe never again. They signed 3 starting caliber linebackers this offseason in Curtis Lofton, Chris Chamberlain, and David Hawthorne and also have 2011 3rd round pick Martez Wilson in the mix. If Vilma plays again in the NFL, it might be in a different uniform.