The summer of law in New Orleans continues.
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for defamation, and the NFL has now responded by filing a grievance and requesting that Vilma drop the suit against Goodell. The Times-Picayune reports:
The NFL Management Council argues in the letter that Vilma's suit is in violation of the league's collective bargaining agreement, which has a clause preventing players from suing the NFL or any club. The management council says that because Vilma is suing Goodell for actions he performed in enforcement of the CBA -- referring to his season-long suspension of Vilma and statements he made supporting it -- Goodell's conduct is protected by the "no-suit" provision.
Basically, the league is saying that they're governed by the CBA, which protects Goodell.
Vilma, for his part, is LOLing at the NFL. HIs tweet is gold:
The nfl sent me a letter "demanding" I drop my defamation suit or else...lol or else wat?!?? They no likey me lawsuitey— Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) July 12, 2012