Saints linebacker Jonathon Vilma’s decision to file a defamation suit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has sent shockwave throughout the NFL. The league quickly responded to the suit by quoting their new “we’re committed to player safety” motto and added that they had not reviewed the suit.
Meanwhile, Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports reached out to a couple of current NFL players to get their reaction to Vilma’s suit. And the two anonymous players couldn’t be happier that someone finally stood up to the man that is called, “God-dell” by many players.
“What a badass,” an offensive player for an NFC team said of Vilma on Thursday afternoon. “He’s the man. I think it’s nuts, but I love it. He’s going after Goodell. He should, too.”
A defensive player for an AFC team expressed a similar sentiment, saying, “It’s aggressive, and I love it. I’m excited to see what happens. I love the sound of ‘Vilma v. Goodell.’ This is gonna cement Vilma’s name forever.”
“If the ruling is favorable [to Vilma] in any way, it’s going to open the floodgates,” the AFC player said. “If he prevails, man, that would be sweet.”
Said the NFC player: “If Vilma wins? Oh, then he’s God. They should just put him as commissioner if that happens.”
We’ll go out on a limb and say these two players are definitely not in the minority. There is an ever growing sentiment that Goodell is way too powerful. And it’s obvious that players are hoping this suit is the first step in stripping away some of Goodell’s power.