Saints linebacker Jonathon Vilma has already filed a lawsuit against Roger Goodell, and now the NFL Players Association has filed a separate lawsuit against the NFL on behalf of all four suspended players for their handling of the bounty scandal.
The lawsuit, filed in New Orleans federal court, claims that Roger Goodell “violated the collective bargaining agreement by showing publicly he had determined Will Smith, Anthony Hargrove and Scott Fujita had participated in a bounty system while with the New Orleans Saints even before serving as an arbitrator at their hearing”.
The lawsuit also asks that a new arbitrator hear the case and the old arbitration ruling be thrown out.
The NFL responded with this statement:
“As in the case of Mr. Vilma’s lawsuit, this is an improper attempt to litigate an issue that is committed to a collectively bargained process. There is no basis for asking a federal court to put its judgment in place of the procedures agreed upon with the NFLPA in collective bargaining. These procedures have been in place, and have served the game and players well, for many decades.”
Looks like Goodell is continuing to stay the course and trying to put this to bed. Unfortunately for him, the players are continuing to stay the course and fighting him at every turn.