Saints’ linebacker sues NFL commissioner for defamation

Jonathan Vilma claims his reputation was tarnished because of comments made about his role in the team’s bounty scandal

New Orleans Saints’ linebacker Jonathan Vilma may not be allowed to tackle any National Football League (NFL) players on the gridiron next season, but he will try to take down his employer in a court of law.

Vilma, who was suspended for the entirety of the NFL’s 2012 season for his role in the bounty scandal, filed a defamation lawsuit in New Orleans district court last Thursday against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league’s head made false statements, tarnished his reputation and hindered his ability to play football.

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