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Vilma’s lawyer bashes Goodell for “manufactured allegations”

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The attorney for Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s “manufactured allegations” have tarnished Vilma’s reputation.

And attorney Peter Ginsberg says that while former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue did the right thing by lifting Vilma’s suspension, Tagliabue now needs to publicly release all of the testimony he relied on in making his decision in the bounty case.

“Two competing forces have been at play since at least March of this year – Roger Goodell has been trying every conceivable maneuver to avoid real and honest
scrutiny of his manufactured allegations that Jonathan Vilma engaged in a bounty program aimed at opposing players and Jonathan has been fighting to have an open and fair review of those accusations,” Ginsberg said in a statement. “We are obviously relieved and gratified that Jonathan no longer needs to worry about facing an unjustified suspension. On the other hand, Commissioner Tagliabue’s rationalization of Commissioner Goodell’s actions does nothing to rectify the harm done by the baseless allegations lodged against Jonathan. Jonathan has a right and every intention to pursue proving what really occurred and we look forward to returning to a public forum where the true facts can see the light of day. We call upon Commissioner Tagliabue to release the transcripts of the proceedings held before him so that they are available as we go forward. Finally, it is regrettable that the NFL continues unjustifiably to attack the New Orleans Saints, an organization comprised of decent and honest people who continue to stand strong in the face of these baseless attacks.”

The big question as Vilma goes forward with his defamation case is what impact those transcripts will have. Tagliabue has rescinded Vilma’s suspension, but he hasn’t said Vilma did nothing wrong. If Vilma’s defamation case goes to trial, a jury will get to see the same evidence Tagliabue has seen, and a jury will determine whether Goodell defamed Vilma by overstating just what the case was against him.

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  1. benh999 says: Dec 11, 2012 2:59 PM

    So, what about Tagliabue, Cerullo, and Williams? Were they in on it too?

  2. bucrightoff says: Dec 11, 2012 3:01 PM

    The best part is Vilma is so mediocre at this point in his career once the Saints cut him in the offseason (and they will), he’ll probably never play again. Good riddance.

  3. ldfontenot says: Dec 11, 2012 3:01 PM

    Lift up the rock and let all that’s under it come scattering out. I can not wait until Goodell is questioned in a court of law under threat of perjury. Nowhere to run now Commissioner. I bet Ginsberg is preparing supeonas for every coach and GM in the NFL to ask them UNDER OATH if they know of or have ever participated in a pay for performance scheme. Going to get interesting.

  4. namelessfacelessfan says: Dec 11, 2012 3:02 PM

    Of course the transcripts should be released.

    Vilma demands they’re released so obviously he is not looking to hide anything contained in the transcripts.

    Surely the NFL will quickly release the transcripts as they should have nothing to hide, right?

  5. joetoronto says: Dec 11, 2012 3:04 PM

    Break new ground and suspend him “for eternity.”

  6. dequan81 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:05 PM

    Earlier reports show that Tagliabue believes that the Commish did defame them, but they were following the “instructions” by the coaches and Saints organization. So, Vilma isn’t the innocent saint (no pun intended) they he would love us and the courts to believe. He should also back down and let it go. It’s over, for the most part.

  7. zaggs says: Dec 11, 2012 3:07 PM

    Well he has to say that doesn’t he? I mean he can’t say Goodell had a reason to say what he did while proceeding with a lawsuit.

  8. ncarolinarn7 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:07 PM

    In my opinion Goodell needs to be held personally accountable and fined personal monies. Also given the opportunity to step down or fired if he refuses. I believe he has been a disgrace to football. Pete Rossell rolls in his grave.

  9. ironmike778 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:08 PM

    Boo hoo. You won, now go away.

  10. blizzard01 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:08 PM

    Are the saints still 5-8? Good.

  11. saints97 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    You know the public will have to pry those transcripts out of the NFL’s cold, dead hand.

    We were promised some jaw-dropping testimony from this appeal last week. I am ready to see what it is. I thought it might be jaw-dropping against the Saints, but now I am convinced otherwise. Here’s hoping we can get some leaks.

  12. clu1perceiver says: Dec 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    Ginsberg, Vilma”s attorney, will not be satisfied until Goodell is forced to resign as commissioner. The animus is palpable.

  13. tommysaint1 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:09 PM

    Rog, you ran that mouth all off season. the Saints made no attempt to blame this distraction on their under performing season (and they shouldn’t).

    Now you have to back up all that talking you’ve been doing and all the stories you leaked to Yahoo and your little lap dog…ESPN.

    At least the coaches don’t have a union so you can pile all your B.S. on those who can’t defend themselves bc they know you have full power over management. So that is something you still have going for you.

    Have fun in NOLA for the SB… might want to drive in and stay somewhere outside the city fyi, I am sure your autograph will be something everyone will seek out.

  14. peachyc39 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:10 PM

    “Finally, it is regrettable that the NFL continues unjustifiably to attack the New Orleans Saints, an organization comprised of decent and honest people who continue to stand strong in the face of these baseless attacks.”

    Wow really? And he was able to say that with a straight face? lol I could be wrong but wasn’t G. Will a part of that organization too? He’s an upstanding, honest, decent citizen huh? Wow just really… Earn that money Ginsberg!!

  15. ldfontenot says: Dec 11, 2012 3:13 PM

    oh, and to all the haters, your team’s players are celebrating the heck out of this victory for the Saints players; you may hate it, but they certainly are celebrating. Down with all Tyrants.

  16. saints25 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:16 PM

    Tagliabue now needs to publicly release all of the testimony he relied on in making his decision in the bounty case.
    He did

  17. wte1 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:18 PM

    That’s great. And how much did Ginsberg charge Vilma for drafting that statement?

    Maybe a $1,000.00 or so?

  18. slayer1224 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:18 PM

    All the Saints fans got screwed this year out of a season that could have been. What about our draft picks and Sean Payton.

    Goodell needs to go!!!!

  19. Big D says: Dec 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    I hate the aints and vilma even more for not letting it go now that the bountygate is over.

  20. pappageorgio says: Dec 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    Of course Vilma’s Lawyer would like to keep this thing going……more money for him either way.

    Vilma, on the other hand, might just want to quit while he’s ahead.

    Based on what we’ve heard Goodell had more than enough in the way of evidence to make the statments he did. Even if he didn’t Vilma must show how he has been hurt monetarily, which will be more difficult to do since he got paid this season.

    Any damages he might be able to prove from missed endorsments will likely be smaller than his legal bill.

  21. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 11, 2012 3:19 PM

    Does anybody really care anymore?

  22. saints25 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:21 PM

    Edd Werder on otl just said Cerullo and Williams no longer saying vilma put a bounty on farve..SMDH

  23. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Dec 11, 2012 3:21 PM

    Yeah, that organization comprised of decent and honest people probably went straight to the team medicine cabinet to celebrate.

  24. cliffordc05 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:23 PM

    Vilma is a dirt bag. Nothing Goodell has said tarnishes Vilma’s reputation in any way. Ginsburg is trying to earn his money but has a dirt bag for a client.

  25. rodeoclown11 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:24 PM

    yea the only thing Ginsburg is interested in is lining his own pockets with Vilma’s money in legal fees. Wise up Jonathan… won. Now tell Ginsburg to go home and stop giving him your cash!

  26. riverhorsey says: Dec 11, 2012 3:28 PM

    Where is the Williams testimony? Somebody had to leak something about that.

  27. 4sacroc says: Dec 11, 2012 3:29 PM

    Goodell is an empty suit.

  28. lolo376 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:32 PM

    Honestly, does anyone really care anymore?! Next topic please Smh

  29. kpow55 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:34 PM

    If this is all about $, He’s in the downside of his career. Maybe a touch above average but wasn’t like he was getting a huge next contract before all of this.

    For better or worse, he’s a household name now.

    Quit your pity party and do something with it.

  30. jimbo75025 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:35 PM

    tommysaint1 says:
    Dec 11, 2012 3:09 PM
    Rog, you ran that mouth all off season. the Saints made no attempt to blame this distraction on their under performing season (and they shouldn’t).

    I am assuming you are joking right?

  31. cwwgk says: Dec 11, 2012 3:39 PM

    Ginsberg and Vilma are really going to be upset when Judge Berrigan grants Goodell’s motion to dismiss for Vilma’s failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

    Vilma has absolutely no case.

  32. chetwynnr says: Dec 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    I believe that we’ve seen the peak of the popularity of NFL football. Rozelle was instrumental in building it. Tagliabue maintained it. Roger Goodell has managed to taint it through his handling of this situation. I think the owners will be having their say as people find other things to do each fall. We’ll see…

  33. supremekingz says: Dec 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    Really sounds like not only was Vilma innocent, but that he was completely innocent. Looks like the NFL will be coming out the pocket.

    I just wonder what the case against Greg Williams looks like?

  34. godofwine330 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    I hope Vilma wins. The NFL hoped that the players weren’t going to fight back but they were wrong. They had a flimsy case led by disreputable characters, characters with poor credibility. There was enough reasonable doubt that the NFL thought that it would just bully its way through and the players would lie down against the big, bad, huffing, and puffing NFL. Not so. Glad the players won, hopes Vilma wins bigger.

  35. brenenostler says: Dec 11, 2012 3:50 PM

    Vilma literally has no ground to stand on. Tags said he did it. If anything, Vilma has tried to destroy Goodell’s reputation. I wonder if Goodell will sue him.

  36. war27 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    Vilma knows his career of making money in the NFL is over. Now he’s trying to hit a FA payday one more time.

  37. sirblitzalot15 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:53 PM

    What’s funny is I’ve been watching ESPN since this story broke like 2 hrs ago, I’ve seen a small mention of the players victory maybe like 3 minutes of it total. Now when these accusations first happened ESPN couldn’t stop talking about it, everything against the players were broadcast immediately. Now where’s the coverage?

    And these are the fools you choose to follow? Talking to the idiots who hang on every word the league, ESPN and Goodell says like its the bible.

  38. boltbacker says: Dec 11, 2012 3:56 PM

    I seem to recall that the coaches admitted to the bounty system. Doesn’t that matter? It’s not like they were paying each other.

  39. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 11, 2012 3:59 PM

    Vilma is still dirty.

  40. boltbacker says: Dec 11, 2012 4:00 PM

    How about the time after the NFL told the Saints to stop using the system and they lied to the league and kept doing it? Anyone who accepted “extra” payment for putting people out of games is guilty imo.

  41. macbull says: Dec 11, 2012 4:11 PM

    We want the truth…whatever it may be and whoever is implicated…the fans deserve to know the truth.

    If the NFL wants to keep their secrets, they are going to have to pony up a good chunk of cash for Vilma.

    For the Saints, how will they ever get back the year Roger Goodell took away from them…one of the best teams heading into the 2012 season.

    The loser in this case will pay for their gross misjudgments and false allegations…and here’s a hint, it won’t Jonathan Vilma paying.

  42. bayouranch says: Dec 11, 2012 4:11 PM

    yeah, what the public is missing, the lack of evidence against the players and organization. the NFL has tried to cover this up, and I hope the truth about Roger comes out in the defamation law suit.

  43. vikesfansteve says: Dec 11, 2012 4:12 PM

    Goodell created this monster by having the refs throw the game for the Saints, now you are paying the price Roger.

  44. bowsi says: Dec 11, 2012 4:15 PM

    So the NFL is saying Vilma participated in the bounty and did not have the backbone to stand up to his superiors. I’d rather be branded a bully then a coward unless of course he is niether.

  45. turfrage says: Dec 11, 2012 4:20 PM

    What players victory??? They were found guilty!! Just were ungrounded by daddy, and the coaches are taking their punishment. Tags said MORE players could have been named!! No victory there.

  46. hor2012 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:22 PM

    And are the Vikings still 0 and 4 in superbowls?
    Good, even better

  47. bigwayne75 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:35 PM

    Tagliabue said players engaged in conduct detrimental to the league. He said they participated in a performance pool that rewarded key plays, including hard tackles, that could merit fines. And he stressed that the team’s coaches were very much involved. This entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints’ organization.

    Both sides need to man up and take a lie detector test, to prove who’s innocent. I am still wondering, if the Vilma and the Saints were so innocent, how come Payton, Williams and a few other players aren’t fighting the case like Vilma is.

  48. bgrab1 says: Dec 11, 2012 4:52 PM

    Screw the lie detector test. One side has already sworn under penalty of purgers (Jail time) that no bounty system took place. I wonder if the NFL will take the stand without being forced to. No because they are hiding behind a bunch of lies and will get caught at it eventually.

  49. goodellsadouche says: Dec 11, 2012 5:01 PM

    “We have 50,000 pages of evidence”

  50. granadafan says: Dec 11, 2012 5:11 PM

    I have to laugh at the lawyers’ language. What a crock.

  51. mungman69 says: Dec 11, 2012 5:11 PM

    Lotta hate on this site.

  52. wabbitslayer says: Dec 11, 2012 5:25 PM


  53. phuriousjorge says: Dec 11, 2012 6:02 PM

    You people that support the guilty parties in this, you disgundled. Grow up, admit there was a bounty, move me. They did not exonerate these guys (that means still guilty). They are just very lucky that the case was mishandled.

  54. phuriousjorge says: Dec 11, 2012 6:03 PM

    You people that support the guilty parties in this, you disgust me. Grow up, admit there was a bounty, move me. They did not exonerate these guys (that means still guilty). They are just very lucky that the case was mishandled.

  55. hehateme2 says: Dec 11, 2012 6:04 PM

    And I thought the pat fans were a whiny bunch… just tuck your tail Vilma and go away.

  56. justafanofitall says: Dec 11, 2012 6:17 PM

    So let me get this straight. The blame goes solely to the Saints organization and suspensions lifted on the players. Vilma wants to sue. Since there was bounties paid out…who got paid? Did Vilma receive any money from the coaches bounty? If yes…he is still guilty even if he didn’t put up money to hurt Brett. Anyone who accepted money should be held accountable as well as the organization who put up the money.

  57. heydiddlediddlerayriceupthemiddle says: Dec 11, 2012 6:24 PM

    The man that makes millions of dollars a year is seeking to restore his reputation by suing for more money?

    Makes sense.

  58. mumaniac1 says: Dec 11, 2012 7:57 PM

    Had Goodell been reasonable with his punishments in the first place, none of this would have happened. The 2007 Packers and 2008 Patriots were caught running a system like the one the Saints were accused of in 2009. Both of those teams received a $25k fine, Saints lost their HC for a season, GM for 8 games, Assistant Coach for 6 games, 2 2nd round draft picks, and fined $500K . Doesnt really seem too reasonable to me.

  59. acetw says: Dec 11, 2012 9:37 PM

    Reading through most of the stuff posted, I can honestly say that I am AMAZED at the level of ignorance most of you keep yourselves in. I’ve begun to doubt a good number of you can even read. *shakes head sadly and walks away*

  60. jeannathomas says: Dec 12, 2012 8:26 AM

    Saints fans: READ Tagliabue’s findings before you start yelling in comments about Vilma being proven innocent of these allegations and talking about Payton being wrongfully suspended. The player punishment was vacated because the coaches and Loomis are fully to blame for perpetuating the bounty program after being repeatedly told to stop. There was sufficient evidence to punish more Saints players, but Tagliabue determined that, based on league action in similar situations, suspensions were not warranted and fines would have been adequate. Let’s not forget that Vilma made the SI bounties cover his Twitter avi for a significant period of time. His defamation suit is a joke.

  61. jeannathomas says: Dec 12, 2012 8:28 AM

    And the record reflects that, when GB and NE were told to stop similar programs in 2007, they did.

  62. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 12, 2012 3:14 PM

    Read Gary Myers’ “Coaching Confidential: Inside the Fraternity of NFL Coaches”. There is no way any Saints fan who can read can come away thinking Payton is innocent, and thereby, that this programme didn’t occur.

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