New Orleans, La. - While former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue's 22 page appeal ruling Tuesday essentially puts the Saints bounty case to rest, it is not the end for Jonathan Vilma.
Vilma has filed in court that he will not challenge Paul Tagliabue's ruling, but has asked for permission to continue with his defamation lawsuit against the league.
According to documents filed in federal court Wednesday, Vilma says he does not intend to challenge former commissioner Paul Tagliabue's decision to toss out punishments related to the bounty case.
However, Vilma says if Commissioner Roger Goodell tries to use Tagliabue's decision as defense in his defemation suit, his attorney will move to strike.
Vilma also asked Judge Ginger Berrigan to lift the stay of discovery so he can apparently move forward with the suit.
Tagliabue vacated all player suspensions Tuesday. Vilma had the biggest penalty. He was suspended for the entire season which has been completely wiped away.