Roger Goodell Files Motion to Dismiss Jonathan Vilma's Lawsuit

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Roger Goodell Files Motion to Dismiss Jonathan Vilma's Lawsuit
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell filed a motion to dismiss the defamation lawsuit New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed against him on Thursday in Louisiana District Court. The legal maneuver by Goodell and the league is standard for a defendant in a case like this one, and Thursday was the deadline for Goodell to file an answer brief to the initial complaint from Vilma.

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