Jonathan Vilma, NFLPA take bounty matter back to court

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Much of the content of Monday’s legal filing outlines claims made previously to the court, including:

—That the NFL has refused to share most of its evidence, including original documents that could have been fabricated or altered by a former fired Saints assistant coach with a purported vendetta against the club.

—That the league has refused has refused to allow its key witnesses to be cross-examined.

—That Goodell has ignored empirical data outlining the relative infrequency with which accused players were penalized or fined for rough play, or the relatively few number of players injured in games against the Saints.

“No system of American justice permits a person to be punished without having had the opportunity to substantively review, investigate and question the evidence and the sources of such evidence against him or her, and then to be judged by a person who previously had publicly pre-judged the merits of the allegations,” Vilma’s lawsuit said.

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