On Thursday, lawyer Peter Ginsberg filed on behalf of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma a defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.
On Friday, Ginsberg joined PFT Live to discuss the situation.
Among other things, Ginsberg explained that reasons for filing the suit, the reasons for the decision to sue only Goodell, and the reasons for choosing Louisiana as the venue. Ginsberg also addressed whether Vilma fears future retaliation from NFL teams as a result of the decision to sue the man who runs the league.
Pressed on Vilma’s decision to utilize the phrase “never paid or intended to pay” money as an incentive to injure an opponent instead of “never paid or offered to pay,” Ginsberg said that Vilma’s choice of words — which showed up in a May 2 statement, in the lawsuit, and in a recent tweet from Vilma — was actually intended to be broad, and that no offer was ever made, serious or in jest.
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