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Saints' Vilma sues NFL commissioner

May 17, 2012 at 5:04 PM
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NEW ORLEANS, May 17 (UPI) -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, alleging Goodell defamed him by linking him to a bounty program.

Vilma filed a complaint in federal court Thursday seeking at least $75,000, The Times-Picayune reported. Vilma said Goodell made statements about him that were based on hearsay.

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The National Football League suspended Vilma for the 2012 season in May after investigating allegations the Saints' defensive unit paid players for making big hits on opposing players.

Vilma, a star at the University of Miami, was drafted by the New York Jets in 2004. He was traded to the Saints in 2009.

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