“Now it’s time to continue the battle to set the record straight.”
-Peter Ginsberg, attorney for Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma
With his ruling, former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, the league-appointed authority, voided the suspensions that league commissioner Roger Goodell originally handed down after their investigation into the New Orleans bounty for hits program. While Tagliabue did not condone the player’s payout program, most YouWager NFL football bettors see the action as pointing the finger at the coaches in the Saints’ organization. Head coach Sean Payton is still banned for the entire 2012 NFL football wagering season.
But the feud may be far from over.
Today, Jonathan Vilma’s lawyer told the audience on a sports radio show that the Saints defensive captain will go forward with his anti-defamation lawsuit to “continue the battle” against Commissioner Roger Goodell, and clear his name against the allegations that were made about the role he played in the team’s Pay For Hits program.
According to a YouWager news source, on the radio program, attorney Peter Ginsberg said Tagliabue’s ruling was a “tremendous relief.” But he said the wording of the ruling didn’t actually criticize the way Goodell handled the investigation. Ginsberg also pointed out that in his law firm, Tagliabue’s partners are representing Goodell in Vilma’s defamation lawsuit.
Meanwhile, on a national morning news show, NFLPA chief DeMaurice Smith said the NFL should issue an apology to the players. According a to a YouWager source, Smith said, “The investigation that the league did was sloppy, the investigation that they did was more outcome-focused than frankly process-focused. First and foremost, they should say they’re sorry because they’ve maligned the character of good players.”
The ruling could cost the NFL more than an apology, some sports analysts say. An expert in YouWager’s research and analysis division says now that the suspended players have been vindicated, they may seek financial compensation for the money that weren’t able to earn as a result of the previous ruling.
Vilma’s attorney will ask U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan to allow Vilma’s defamation lawsuit against Goodell to go forward. According to YouWager’s source, Ginsberg will also request that Goodell release all of the transcripts from the NFL investigation. Ginsberg said that Vilma was still set on confronting baseless allegations.
“The fact that Roger Goodell literally seven times told the public that Jonathan held that money up in the Cardinals game, when there was not an iota of credible evidence to justify it, I believe should have discredited everything Roger Goodell did in this investigation. Commissioner Tagliabue should have taken note of that fact, not only chastised Roger Goodell for the irresponsibility of publicizing that allegation, but taken that into account when he considered essentially everything else involved in Roger Goodell’s decision-making process,” Ginsberg said.