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Jonathan Vilma Takes NFL Bounty Matter Back to Federal Court

Jonathan Vilma#51 of the New Orleans Saints
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Jonathan Vilma is again asking a federal judge to overturn his suspension in the NFL’s bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints.

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on Monday, Vilma says NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell engaged in a “farcical review” of his previously vacated disciplinary action before reaffirming the Saints linebacker’s full-season ban last week.

Although Vilma has an appeal pending within the framework of the NFL’s labor agreement, the linebacker argues that Goodell has continued to abuse his power and demonstrate bias, leaving no hope for a fair process that would respect Vilma’s “industrial due process rights.”

Vilma also asks U.S. District court Judge Ginger Berrigan to bar Goodell from handling any further action in the bounty matter and appoint a neutral arbitrator.

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