New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has sued NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation in the District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana, according to ProFootballTalk.
Vilma and his legal team are claiming that Goodell lied when making public statements about Vilma and his alleged role in the Saints' bounty system. Specifically, Vilma's team claims that Goodell was untruthful when he made statements about an alleged $10,000 bounty that he placed to his teammates to injur certain quarterbacks.
Vilma was suspended one year for his alleged role in the Saints' bounty system which rewarded players for injuring opponents. He received the harshest suspension out of any of the Saints’ penalized players. Earlier this month Vilma filed a formal appeal of the suspension. The NFL Players Association also filed a grievance this month claiming that commissioner Roger Goodell did not have the authority to suspend players for events occurring prior to the lockout.