Source: New court filing coming Monday in bounty cases

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On Friday, the four players suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for involvement in the bounty program filed an appeal with Commissioner Roger Goodell.  On Monday, they’ll file paperwork with someone they regard as slightly more impartial.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove will file pre-emptively before Judge Helen Berrigan a motion to block the suspensions until the legal challenges to Goodell’s eventual decision is finally resolved.

Judge Berrigan, who operates in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was considering various lawsuits arising from the suspensions.  After an internal appeals panel vacated the suspensions, Judge Berrigan retained jurisdiction over the cases.

The move, if successful, will prevent the players and their lawyers from having to move quickly if/when Goodell upholds the suspensions and tells the players that they must immediately begin serving their suspensions.  By pulling the cord on the judicial lawnmower now, they’ll be in position to have a ruling in time to preserve their ability to play while the legal challenge proceeds.

Per the source, the paperwork will include new allegations regarding the overall process that has resulted in the suspensions.

10 responses to “Source: New court filing coming Monday in bounty cases

  1. Agree with the Saints “Pay for Performance” or not…Goodell overreached on this whole thing. This is going to have a judicial resolution. For a lawyer, how could he not see this coming? He debacled (thanks Emmitt) this entire situation completely.

  2. Will it ever end? Ginger Goodell is a rat backed into a corner and he’ll say and do anything to save his butt, and his job. I hope the owners see through the fallacy of his reign of terror and terminate his employment when they meet later this month. This fool has got to go. He’s ruined the sport.

  3. The sad part is, is that they will never be able to sue their way into more money then acceptting the punishment and getting signed later. They are basiclly all finished to NFL owners. 80% are broke after they played, cannot prove what you could have made on that number. And the only employer hates you.

  4. Thata right Goodell is trying to ruin football. It seems like the players have no responsibility in this. Goodell must have just picked these guys at random. That figures, he is the type of guy who goes after plenty of innocent Adderall users.

  5. Goodell needs to punt this bounty circus away and move on…he has been fighting the players for 7 long months without physical evidence a bounty program existed..he has an obvious vendetta that he’s obsessed with against the Saints…Goodell has been changing his stories and contradicting himself since the beginning…he reduces suspensions for ex saints players, but keeps same suspensions for current saints players…I hope this silly bounty drama ends soon

  6. bobothegreatest says:
    Thata right Goodell is trying to ruin football. It seems like the players have no responsibility in this. Goodell must have just picked these guys at random.

    I know you’re being sarcastic, but it does seem like Goodell picked names out of a hat.

    Goodell suspends Fujita for being part of a bounty scheme, then when he can’t produce evidence of that he just suspends Fujita for a completely different reason.

    Reeks of desperation and vindictiveness on Goodell’s part.

  7. It’s a shame that some people are content to just listen to the NFL’s original story and call the Saints guilty. If you look at the “evidence” the NFL has shown, it is obvious that Goodel’s stubborn refusal to back down is either his ego overruling common sense or a desperate attempt to keep the “player safety” smokescreen alive for the concussion lawsuits. Or both.

  8. While there were obviously players involved in the bounty program, I’ve always felt Goodell overstepped by going after some of them. Mainly because “some” is always going to raise the question of fairness. Why are other Saints players who were involved not suspended? What about the players on other teams Williams coached on over the years? You can’t just decide to hold a few people responsible for a larger issue.

    He should have just gone after the team officials and called it good when he couldn’t get the NFLPA to agree to penalizing players. I suspect thats where it will all end up anyway.

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