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Vilma drops one lawsuit, will continue with defamation suit against Goodell

captureSaints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has decided not to continue pressing one of his two lawsuits against the NFL and their bounty scandal.

Vilma’s attorney contacted federal judge Ginger Berrigan just before a noon deadline today to tell her that Vilma will accept Paul Tagliabue’s decision, which came down yesterday.

Tagligabue essentially said that Vilma and two other Saints defenders were guilty of taking part in an illegal bounty scheme but that their suspensions were too harsh a punishment.

Vilma and the NFL players association say they will accept that decision and not challenge it in court, but that Vilma will still go ahead with another lawsuit, a defamation suit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

This put Vilma in something of an odd position: he is accepting Tagliabue’s finding that he took part in the bounty scheme, yet he is pressing a lawsuit against Goodell for publicly accusing him of taking part in the bounty scheme.

No word yet when the defamation suit may go to trial.

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