Suspended Saints player sues NFL commissioner
Legal debate over defamation suit
- Duration 4:24
- Date May 22, 2012
Legal debate over defamation suit
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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell -- for defamation by New Orleans Saints players suspended in that bounty scandal.
Goodell says that Jonathan Belmont put up 101000 dollars for -- player got knocked out Brett Favre.
Out of a playoff game.
Bill -- says it's not true.
Brian balding or former NFL player an analyst for the NFL network joins us along with the Joey Jackson and Fred T say.
All right is -- a Smart move Bryant for someone in the NFL -- -- the commissioner of the NFL and how does that bode for his future in football.
Well you know he's winding down his career here judgment is not a good it's not a good move.
It seems like a knee jerk reaction to the suspension that's been laid down on and because of his involvement horse disposes dispose of involvement in the in the bounty.
But I don't think it's a good move I -- it's a personal attack on the commissioner's unprecedented in sports.
I don't know how he can really is some precedent -- -- players ever sued the commission interest and okay only not on any any any any term.
So is unprecedented I don't know that he can win this.
About I think can be reinstated though I mean he can I think the commissioner can take he -- -- the personal attack away when the suspension is up I think he could be reinstated still play.
If he appeals a suspension.
Does the Dell make that decision on the appeal of the suspension -- The judge you're doing an important now I got to -- and what did you expect and the execution -- in this case yes I like guys what is -- thinking behind this event.
Listen there's an image and reputation to uphold and I understand that judge and that's the reason he's doing it now legally speaking it's going nowhere I think about this you have the proven defamation that the commissioner is maliciously saying these things without -- Patient or he's otherwise reckless in doing it now saying that judge I'm not suggesting that Jonathan Vilma did anything I don't know that's to be determined apparently he did.
But a defamation lawsuit in this particular context.
I'm not gonna win.
Had already but.
In legal terms -- guys isn't the reason why he's doing this is he wants the commission to show -- hand.
He's been suspended any.
That's not they have not produced any evidence ultimately comes in -- -- only defined under the collective bargaining agreement as I read it to commissioners going to have to show its hand so you know what judge when you shoot the king you better kill all I am not gonna kill.
One if you want to play football again be playing for the Taiwan off.
That's as close -- he's gonna get to the NFL.
He's defamation suit -- a 100% right -- to show actual amount you can and showed it to -- knew it was wrong and did it anyway I was got a -- -- -- -- Why that's why the penalty has been so egregious in this case is because they knew that they were wrong that's what commissioner -- You knew what we warned you.
Get rid of the bounds clean it up stop it and didn't let panic continued downward -- and other international also have to protect the integrity of the game no question.
To protect the players and vault city.
But the bigger picture here the bigger picture is this is -- nine billion dollar industry that's gonna go to twenty billion.
And if they want to grow the way they want to grow what they've got to make it transparent.
And so this underbelly of the league.
That it was all these things -- will go home -- and steroids and all this stuff that was going on that and get into the.
-- it here's the thing guys there was a warning shot they say you've got to stop it and they didn't stop but I here's the problem.
Because he can't prove actual malice -- -- Roger Goodell is not gonna go out lie about something for which is going to be soon he's not gonna win but here's my question.
Is his career all over because he's bound by collective bargaining agreement he's in another court they're gonna kick him back.
If the appeals a suspension that Dell says here -- a year and we did so for him isn't it without charge without a jury -- -- -- I don't think so too -- and here's why I mean first of all it could be over from the standpoint that he's in his thirties he's had a long career we have a small window when you we can play.
But if he if he pass to sit out this year.
He was not to take any contact on he -- -- will be reinstated.
But here's the deal the saints have already replaced them on the roster with a guy Curtis Lofton from Atlanta Falcons know whether that's a long term replacement or not I don't know.
But now here's a guy that sort of slandered.
You know he's kinda got he's he's got this thing about him right now about the suspension.
And if he's eligible next year who's gonna take a chance on him but I think I -- -- -- -- -- about this.
Longer guys you are fascinating three your great panel on this Brian.
Thank you so much for being -- evening and Joey and Fred stay with --