New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has filed for temporary restraining order asking the Federal Court in New Orleans to allow him to play football during the 2012-13 season while he appeals his season-long suspension in connection with the leagues’ bounty-gate investigation.
The lawsuit, filed U.S. District Court in New Orleans, claims that the Commissioner’s office failed to make a timely appeal ruling regarding Vilma’s suspension. Per Vilma, the NFL/NFLPA’s collective bargaining agreement requires that Commissioner Goodell rule as soon as possible following a June 18, 2012 appeal hearing, with date being June 25, 2012 – the first business day after the record was closed. Goodell’s failure o do such violated the terms and conditions of the CBA and undermines “the integrity of the NFL and the Commissioner’s office.”
Vilma further contends that he, along with the other suspended players, have been provided with less than 1 percent of the 18,000 documents the league compiled regarding bounty-gate.
It is the second lawsuit Vilma has filed against the NFL. The first, filed in May, seeks damages from Commissioner Goodell for defamation of character.