Found July 05, 2012 on Down and Distance:
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As a result of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s dismissal of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s defamation claims regarding ‘bountygate’, the suspended Vilma has amended his lawsuit against the commissioner and the league.  Vilma has stated that his suspension is without merit and Goodell has made false public comments that have damaged the player’s reputation and hurt his ability to make a living. Vilma asked a federal judge in New Orleans to overturn his suspension as well as issue a preliminary injunction, thus allowing Vilma to work while the case is pending. Although Goodell motion states that Vilma’s claims are barred by dispute resolution procedures outlined by the NFL’s CBA, attorney Peter Ginsburg, representing Vilma, points out otherwise. “Mr. Goodell cannot escape responsibility for those public statements based on an argument that statements in a different forum and in a different context might have been avoided judicial scrutiny,” Ginsberg said via email.  “Having the title of ‘Commissioner’ does not provide Mr. Goodell with a license to make the accusations and allegations he has made against Jonathan in public forums without facing the same scrutiny as other citizens.” Vilma is seeking an immediate injunction so that he may continue to rehabilitate a knee injury at Saints Headquarters. If the commissioner didn’t have enough on his plate as he deals with a lawsuit against him by the Players Association, it’s apparent that Jonathan Vilma, being represented independently,  will not be accepting his suspension quietly.   Follow Us On Twitter! @DownandDistance Sports-Kings NFL Contributor – Austin Peat The post Vilma Amends Lawsuit appeared first on DOWN & DISTANCE.
2 Comments:
  • If the NFL players want to be taken seriously as they talk about and pursue actions concerning the league's responsibility and knowledge over the years of concussion and other injuries to players and the impact on their careers, then they have to take responsibility for situations like the bountygate when they are responsible. Yes the owners and management have long been at fault for their responses to long-term player injuries and post career responsibilities but how seriously are we expected to treat the players in this regard when their response to the bountygate issue can be viewed as their unwillingness to follow rules to protect their own safety? It can't all be one way. Both sides have to work together and in bountygate the players aren't. Regardless of Goodell's dictator behavior. Period.
  • If you ride a motorcycle without a helmet and get ticketed for it, you have no business complaining to legislators about unfair laws if at the same time you gripe about them not doing anything about increasing safety for motorcyclists or safety on the roads and this is exactly the hypocrisy of players who oppose punishments for bountygate situations while complaining about a lack of response and negligence toward player injuries and longterm effects of injuries on players' careers on the part of the NFL owners and management.
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