Judge Helen Berrigan asks players connected to New Orleans Saints bounty case if they want to continue legal fight
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 11, 2012
District Court Judge Helen Berrigan issued an order Tuesday afternoon asking whether the four previously suspended players in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal will want to move forward with their filed motions with former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacating all of their suspensions and penalties. Vilma said via text message to NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune on Tuesday afternoon, "Glad this part is over," and "If Judge Berrigan allows, I now look forward to pursuing my defamation suit against Roger Goodell." It was Payton who had the power to shut the bounty program down when Goodell first informed Saints owner Tom Benson of the scandal. Payton also was the man who conspired with team general manager Mickey Loomis to keep the program going and to ensure that everybody had their stories straight when lying to league officials about the matter.