The presence alone of attorney Peter Ginsberg, who represented Michael Vick and tied the NFL in knots when he represented suspended Minnesota defensive tackles Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, makes Jonathan Vilma's defamation lawsuit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell more than just a nuisance case.
The veteran Ginsberg knows his way around a courtroom and has in the past parsed the nuances of the league's collective bargaining agreement.
But most legal experts concur that the New Orleans linebacker faces a difficult task in establishing that Goodell acted with intention and malice, and that the ponderous burden makes it almost impossible for him to prevail.
What Vilma may do is force the league to reveal some or all of its evidence, including testimony from past or current teammates and coaches, and that could make for an uncomfortable situation. How difficult a chore do Ginsberg and Vilma face?
The Sports Xchange has learned that at least one player and one of the suspended New Orleans executives considered similar actions but backed off when advised of the burden confronting them.
They may change their minds, The Sports Xchange was told, but understand that the ramifications will be dicey.