After dismissal of lawsuit, Vilma is considering his options

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Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has not reacted via Twitter to today’s dismissal of his defamation lawsuit against Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Vilma’s lawyer has provided a comment through more traditional means.

“We are obviously disappointed, strongly believe that the CBA does not give anyone  — including a Commissioner — a license to misrepresent and to manufacture facts, especially at the expense of another person’s reputation,” lawyer Peter Ginsberg told PFT via email.

Ginsberg added that he and Vilma are “considering our options.”

The primary option at this point is to appeal the ruling to a higher federal court.  Alternatively, Vilma could file a grievance under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.  The remedies most likely would be very limited.

42 responses to “After dismissal of lawsuit, Vilma is considering his options

  1. Plahahahahaha! The bounty system happened. You can argue that everyone was doing it or the punishment was to harsh… Thats fine. But clearly there was a bounty system in place. Why else would someone be saying “pay me my money” on the sideline after the favre injury?? You’re suspension was lifted… Time to move on and get over it.

  2. Screw the options dude, you won and got to play this year. Please rework your contract and come back with a vengeance next year!!! As soon as he came back the defense was instantly better.

  3. One thing is certain, when you get to this level, your lawyer(s) can always give you hope….at $300 an hour. 😉

  4. I am pleased that the courts have concluded that two wrongs do not make a right. The bounty case was flawed, although the possible exisitence of a system that encouraged players to harm one another to gain a financial benefit is repugnant. Mr. Vilma’s lawsuit was intimidation and equally repulsive.

  5. Attorney wants $ and won’t get paid if he doesn’t convince Vilma he has a case and shouldn’t give up. Appeal pending. This looks like it won’t go away anytime soon. Bummer…….

  6. “We…strongly believe that the CBA does not give anyone — including a Commissioner — a license to misrepresent and to manufacture facts, especially at the expense of another person’s reputation.”

    To misrepresent and to manufacture facts is exactly what Goodell strongly believes he can do and is exactly what he did do. And he did it on a public platform, behind a microphone.

  7. Half the battle is just to get a trial to discovery. Goodell wants to keep all the evidence under wraps but its about time he takes the stand under oath and his papers see the light of day. Regardless of the final verdict, Goodell’s flawed tenure as commissioner will not withstand the truth coming out.

  8. At 4:00 PM EST tomorrow, the NFL will release a statement. It will clarify the terms of Sean Payton’s suspension. The league will say that Payton was suspended for the 2012 season as stated in the March 2012 ruling, being 1 year. The league year ends March 12th at 4:00 PM EST. The league is currently having internal discussions on the possibility of an early reinstatement. No further determination has been made at this time.

  9. At the end of the day it was Vilma’s courage to fight Goodell in court that saved the players and the fans from the tyrannical and draconian commissioner.

    Best part is ol’ Roger is going to think long and hard before suspending players for no reason again.

  10. Hahahahahahaha! Justice served! Watch out for bounties, Mr. Vilma. And don’t think about suing the NFL if you suffer a career-threatening injury.

  11. A lot of hate on here but just remember, Vilma never lost one game check and his discipline was vacated, he stood up to Goodell and won.

  12. I applaud U.S. District Court Judge Helen Berrigan’s dismissal of Vilma’s defamation suit. In my view, there is nothing at all surprising about this result. Goodell’s preemption argument is persuasive.

  13. “Why else would someone be saying “pay me my money” on the sideline after a big stop on defense?”

    Why did Cuba Gooding Jr. say “Show me the money” in Jerry MacGuire? How about athletes like to make big plays in big games and also hope those big plays will lead to bigger contracts in the future?

  14. What he needs to consider is that his lawsuit is the definition of frivolous. His purported savior, the Honorable Ginger Beerigan, just through Vilma out of court for failing to state a claim upon which relief can be granted.

  15. I hate to say this to you Marc but this is over and never gonna see a courtroom. So Goodell will never have to be on the stand defending himself on this matter.

  16. Reviewing his options…….get real. If Vilma’s own personal judge in louisiana dismisses a frivolous lawsuit, I doubt there are any real options except for Vilma’s lawyer to keep selling him hope in order to keep racking up the fees.

  17. Saints fans are gonna enjoy the Superbowl and Mardi Gras down here in the Big Easy, and have thus moved on. We in Who Dat Nation suggest you haters move on as well. See ya next season, boys and GIRLS!

  18. Lawyers must love this guy. Keeps paying them to try and win an impossible case. Vilma should put this behind him. He’s part of a franchise that is trying to put this behind them and get back to winning football games and I don’t see how keeping this story alive is good for him or Saints football in anyway.

  19. I like how his attorney uses a strawman. No one has said the CBA gives the authority to misrepresent facts, etc. The judge simply ruled that this should be dealt with under the CBA. And honestly, he has a better chance with that than he does to prove willful defamation in court..

  20. So, anyone ever hear from Louis Freeh? Exactly what most all of us thought in respect to that investigation as well. Wonder why those findings were not released? HMMM! And the wire tapping. Sure the State Police had a statement that they found no evidence, but the FBI was also investigating and you would think that if they also found nothing that the Saints would make that public. Still a lot of shadows in NOLA

  21. Lots of jealous jerk haters out tonight! Darn shame a commissioner can lie and manipulate and get away with it!

  22. Your best option Mr. Vilma is to finally get into a classroom and study some game film. You had the worst defense in the NFL, and were/are a complete embarassment to your city. The reason for your comic like defense is the explanation that Drew Brees should have really been seeking.

  23. tyler4richardson says: Jan 17, 2013 8:31 PM

    Lawyers must love this guy. Keeps paying them to try and win an impossible case. Vilma should put this behind him. He’s part of a franchise that is trying to put this behind them and get back to winning football games and I don’t see how keeping this story alive is good for him or Saints football in anyway.
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    I do believe it was with the help of a lawyer he got to collect every penny of his multi million dollar salary this year when others particular those on here were screaming “take your punishment like a man”. Money well spent if you ask me.

    I don’t see how keeping the story alive is bad for him or the Saints. What possibly does he have to lose? The respect of Saints and Vilma bashers on this site?

  24. egghead says:Jan 17, 2013 7:53 PM

    A lot of hate on here but just remember, Vilma never lost one game check and his discipline was vacated, he stood up to Goodell and won
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    I think most people would rather have their reputation than a paycheck and I’ll bet the farm that somewhere down the road Vilma would gladly return his paychecks for a change of his legacy. 10 years from now, no one will think of Vilma the player but his name will automatically be connected with “dirty player and bountgate”

  25. Just by the comments on this site his name is tarnished which shows he should appeal the hearing and get anything he can out of goddell while he can.

  26. I’m happy to see this end. Vilma was a very good linebacker for the Saints and there is no doubt GODell is drunk on power but I’d hate to see news reports carrying over into next year about this injustice.

    Let those who savor the opportunity to knock the Saints have their little fun in their pitiful little lives.

  27. For those expecting a backlase against Godell during Superbowl,remember most of the people in the stands will be fans of the teams playing not Saint’s fans, or residents of New Orleans

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