Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

PFW staff
Vilma's defamation suit against Goodell dismissed

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan dismissed Saints LB Jonathan Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell.

“While the Court is extremely disturbed by the fundamental lack of due process in Goodell’s denying the players the identities of and the right to confront their accusers, that was substantially rectified later in the process,” Judge Berrigan wrote, according to Gabe Feldman of NFL Network.

Vilma filed the suit in May after he was suspended for a year for his alleged role in the Saints’ bounty program.

"Commissioner Goodell opted to make very public and unfortunately erroneous allegations against Jonathan,” Vilma’s attorney Peter Ginsberg said at the time.

Former commissioner Paul Tagliabue eventually threw out Vilma’s suspension, along with the rest of the Saints’ players. Some reports indicated that compromises were offered to the players early on, contingent on Vilma dropping his suit. In his 11 games (10 starts) this season, Vilma had 37 tackles and one interception.