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Jonathan Vilma’s attorney files for restraining order

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Jonathan Vilma knows if he wants to make it to training camp, he has to act fast.

So the Saints linebacker filed a motion to expedite his request for a temporary restraining order, which would hold up his year-long suspension for his involvement in the Saints bounty scandal.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Vilma’s lawyers filed the motion Monday in the Eastern District Court of Louisiana, requesting a hearing on Thursday or as soon as possible. The Saints report to training camp July 24.

Vilma’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, wrote that: “Vilma will suffer real, immediate and irreparable injury in the absence of the injunctive relief sought.”

“The NFL’s decision to bar Vilma from participating in the 2012 season, attending team and individual meetings, training at the Saints’ practice facility . . . and collecting his salary will cause Vilma not only to lose his annual salary but also to miss one of the most competitive seasons of his short professional career,” Ginsberg said in the motion. “There is no opportunity to ‘make up’ this lost time. Vilma will simply never have the ability to participate in these lost games and practices again.”

I’m not the lawyer in this department, but this is an attempt by Vilma at a Hail Mary, in an effort to get into camp at all. If he can get the injunction and get on the practice field, the process could drag out long enough for him to gain some traction in his attempt to overturn Commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment, or at least buy him some time.

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15 Responses to “Jonathan Vilma’s attorney files for restraining order”
  1. icewalker946 says: Jul 16, 2012 6:07 PM

    Vilma’s attorney, Peter Ginsberg, wrote that: “Vilma will suffer real, immediate and irreparable injury ………”

    Isn’t that what got him into trouble in the first place?

  2. vbe2 says: Jul 16, 2012 6:21 PM

    Does anyone remember if he’s ever held out of camp over a contract? If he has, then that may be able to be used against this claim because he’d have willingly skipped some camp in the past.

  3. justintuckrule says: Jul 16, 2012 6:23 PM

    I’ve been pro-players in this bounty b.s. so it pains me to say this, as an attorney, Vilma’s motion should be denied. When money is an available remedy (such as here if Vilma’s suit for lost wages is successful), a motion for preliminary injunction should be denied. He’ll have to argue that money is not an adequate remedy. This is a bit uphill unless his attorney can argue that a missed season will harm his earning potential down the road.

  4. drgreenstreak says: Jul 16, 2012 6:43 PM

    Vilma will have to show that he is likely to prevail in his suit in order to be granted an injunction.
    He is blowing his money on a lawyer. That kind of gives him a double-whammy fine. Both for stupidity.

  5. butthatmakestoomuchsense says: Jul 16, 2012 7:24 PM

    justintuckrule says: I’ve been pro-players in this bounty b.s. so it pains me to say this, as an attorney, Vilma’s motion should be denied. When money is an available remedy (such as here if Vilma’s suit for lost wages is successful), a motion for preliminary injunction should be denied. He’ll have to argue that money is not an adequate remedy. This is a bit uphill unless his attorney can argue that a missed season will harm his earning potential down the road.

    Good points, but IMO an effective counter point would be that playing football is more important to Vilma than just money, and no cash sum would ever make up for him losing an entire season.

  6. bigjdve says: Jul 16, 2012 7:37 PM

    How can he guarantee that he will get injured? If he can’t then how can make the statement that it WILL cause injury?

    How can he state that it will be irreparable? It sounds a little bit like he is grandstanding?

  7. sixjak says: Jul 16, 2012 7:53 PM

    Everyone wants to do what they want to do and then immunize themselves from the consequences.

    Vilma is hopefully deciding that he won’t be involved in bounties ever again in the future.

  8. silentcount says: Jul 16, 2012 9:35 PM

    If it’s proven in court later that Goodell’s accusations against Vilma were based on fabricated false evidence by a disgruntled and vindictive former assistant coach, then Vilma didn’t deserve a one year suspension. Therefore he should be allowed to play which would require him to now follow the recovery and training system provided any NFL player. That would be fair, so what’s the problem?

  9. firedup1 says: Jul 16, 2012 10:48 PM

    Drew needs an explanation.

  10. paulsmith107 says: Jul 16, 2012 10:54 PM

    If all the evidence the nfl has against these guys is based mostly off of seasons before this one which is covered by the cba how can they be punished so harshly. Apparently anything known or unknown before the cba was signed is wiped clean so why are we even talking about the Vikings game or anything other than a motivational speech by Gregg Williams before the 49ers game. Or is that rule only clear things like collusion. Hmmmm? All I know is I love football but I am growing very tired of the shady things the nfl is doing they are no better than a dirty financial institution bending and breaking laws and thumbing their nose at the rules and laws

  11. osiris33 says: Jul 16, 2012 10:57 PM

    Losing a season at this point in his career is essentially the death penalty. I don’t see why he doesn’t file a civil rights action against Goodell instead. How can a power mad, tin-plated dictator with delusions of Godhood deny someone the right to earn a living in thier chosen profession without due process? I’d hardly call GODell’s kangaroo court a place where someone can get a fair and impartial hearing.

  12. mialto says: Jul 16, 2012 11:09 PM

    Smart move by his attorney…Vilma will win this if he can prove that the team physicians and/or training staff offer specialized care…this has to deal with a pre-existing condition.

  13. larryjames836 says: Jul 17, 2012 1:14 AM

    Roger Goodell might beat Vilma out but it still not going to stop the investigation of this supposed to be bounty scandal. Because a owner franchise reputation is on the line and this owner is not going to let the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell get away with it see its a lot of you guys just talking but when it come to messing with these billionaires money they don’t give a rat butts who you are. Because you are messing with his players and his franchise just like the wiretapping scandal he having that investigated this man lost 500,000 dollars somebody going to pay this money back plus some. And the bounty scandal going to be investigated also yes they sign that CBA but they also want the NFL commissioner to be fair in his dealings. These owners be checking everything out even the owners be wanting to see the evidences to but they are on the side line waiting for there turn. Somebody going to find out if there really some true evidences you can trick for so long but somewhere down the line you are going to treated. You can’t fool them lawyers they knows the law Goodell using that CBA for his shield so its going to take an investigater to get to the truth.

  14. discosucs2005 says: Jul 17, 2012 2:01 AM

    “This is a bit uphill unless his attorney can argue that a missed season will harm his earning potential down the road.”

    I’m not really taking sides, but that doesn’t seem to unreasonable. I’m sure it wouldn’t be hard to prove that player’s who are suspended a season lose earning potential.

  15. usmcsniper1 says: Jul 17, 2012 4:30 PM

    WHAT EVIDENCE?!?!

    Some of you clowns see crap that isn’t there, the rest of us call that hallucinations.

    If they don’t show it, they ain’t got it! They know that their hateful suspensions are based solely on speculation, hearsay, malice and conjecture.

    This whole steaming pile is meant to cover their butts in the concussion lawsuits filed against them.

    The Saints are the Whipping-Boy for doing their very best to win games, just like every other team in the league. When you pay a player millions of dollars to knock the crap out of someone during a game, is there any difference, even if what they are saying were true, which it most definitely is NOT!

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