Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/14/12
New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma contends in a request filed Friday with a federal judge that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell disregarded the truth while putting credibility in allegations by former Saints assistant coach Mike Cerullo. Vilma urged U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to proceed with the defamation lawsuit he filed against Goodell, which the commissioner is attempting to get the court to dismiss. Vilma's request stated that Goodell acted "reckless disregard for the truth" in the initial stages of the NFL's investigation into the Saints' bounty program. Peter Ginsberg, Vilma's attorney, said the NFL should have questioned Cerullo's story from the outset. "Cerullo was fired for his incompetence and repeated and material lies to the Saints which caused him to miss several weeks of the 2009 season," Ginsberg said. Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue, appointed to oversee the players' appeals process in the Saints' bounty case, determined Tuesday that Vilma's season-long suspension and bans for three others players should be rescinded. Goodell said publicly that Vilma waived $10,000 in cash at a team meeting as a reward for a player who could take Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner out of a playoff game in 2010. In recent hearings, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams testified he never saw any money. "Williams has always told Goodell and continues to state that there was never any cash put up for a bounty on any player. It was 'just talk,'" Vilma said in his filing. "Nonetheless, Goodell irresponsibly chose to contend that Vilma walked around with $10,000 before the Cardinals game." Ginsberg also has sought to discredit Cerullo's competence with testimony from Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt, who claimed that coach Sean Payton once arranged for police protection for his family while away on a trip because he feared Cerullo might hurt them.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

NFL insists Ezekiel Elliott suspension is ‘in place’ until further notice

Report: Cavs will honor Kyrie Irving with video tribute on opening night

Giants expected to reinstate Rodgers-Cromartie in Week 7

Teddy Bridgewater to reportedly be taken off PUP, practice

Ex-BC football player says he has video proof of X-rated recruiting parties

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Hue Jackson hints DeShone Kizer may start Week 7

Fourteen unsung heroes from Week 7 of college football

Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville for cause

Hopkins: Watson means ‘anything is possible’ for Texans

Is John Wall the most interesting player in the NBA?

Report: 'All signs in place' for Mariota to play Monday night

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

College football 2017 Week 7 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

NFL Week 6 predictions

The 'Help wanted: Supervising manager' quiz

Saints News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Sure do hope you have a backup plan in place' quiz

Tale of the Tape: National League Championship Series

Sports & Politics Intersect: White House looms large over sports world for another week

The 'A butcher, a Baker, a touchdown maker' quiz

Tale of the tape: American League Championship Series

Three Up, Three Down: Divisional Series brings both luck and heartbreak

The 'Adrian Peterson hopes to rise from the ashes in Phoenix' quiz

What's trending up, down so far in the NFL

NFL Week 6 predictions

Nikola Jokic: A throwback superstar for the modern era

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker