ROGER GOODELL SAYS SAINTS' BOUNTY SCANDAL PROOF WILL BE MADE PUBLIC
"Earlier this month, New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma was <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/18983892/jonathan-vilma-anthony-hargrove-will-smith-scott-fujita-appeal-suspensions">suspended
for the 2012 season</a> for his role in the Saints bounty scandal. Last
week, Vilma's attorney <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/blog/eye-on-football/19075375/jonathan-vilma-files-defamation-lawsuit-vs-roger-goodell-in-new-orleans-federal-court">filed
a defamation lawsuit</a> against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
complaint read, in part, that "Vilma seeks to recover damages for defamatory
statements made by Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League.
… Goodell, speaking publicly about certain Saints executives, coaches and
players, in relation to purported efforts designed to injure opposing players,
made public statements concerning Vilma which were false, defamatory and
injurious to Vilma's professional and personal reputation."
the league hasn't released evidence showing that Saints players, coaches and
front-office members were involved in the <a href="http://eye-on-football.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/35064299">pay-for-performance
allegations leveled against them in early March</a>. <span class="nickname">@JonVilma51</span></p><div id="twitter-widget-4" class="tw-align-center twitter-tweet-rendered"><div class="twt-border"><blockquote class="twt-o twt-tweet hentry
<p class="entry-title">As I've said before..I NEVER PAID, NOR INTENDED TO PAY ANY
AMOUNT OF MONEY,TO ANY PLAYER FOR INTENTIONALLY HURTING AN OPPONENT.</p></div>
<div class="footer"><span class="updated "><span class="value-title"></span>17 May 12 </span>
On Tuesday at the league's spring meeting, Goodell said that the NFL plans
to release to the public proof of wrongdoing by those already punished for their
roles in the bounty scandal.
While the commissioner declined comment on
Vilma's defamation lawsuit, he offered a "Yes, I do," in response to a question
about whether he expected the evidence to be made public. Details via NFL.com's
<blockquote>Goodell pointed out that the league released facts in March and is
going through the appeals process with the NFL Players Association. He indicated
that the league won't release any more information publicly until the appeals
and grievance processes are finished.</blockquote>
Goodell added that the NFLPA "expressly told the players not to cooperate in
the bounty investigation. I invited them in and they decided not to do that," he
As the appeals and grievance process plays out, Goodell remains
the target of criticism for players.
"You don't worry about a popularity
contest," he said. "You can't. You can't make everyone happy on this."
Lessening the pain for the commissioner? <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22475988/34879880">Pulling down
$20 million a year</a>. And if all that money doesn't fill the void, <a href="http://www.sbnation.com/2012-nfl-draft/2012/4/26/2979022/roger-goodell-hugs-video-2012-nfl-draft">there's
always the draft</a> (cue "Dust in the Wind").</p>