The Jonathan Vilma versus the NFL saga carries on. U.S District Judge Ginger Berrigan refused to make a ruling on the case when both sides appeared in court on Friday, where Vilma was seeking to receive a temporary restraining order against the NFL, which would allow him to join training camp. The Associated Press reports that Berrigan believes the season-long suspension to be an extreme punishment, and that she would rule for Vilma. Berrigan is not sure if she has jurisdiction to do so, however, prompting her decision to urge both sides to reach a settlement on their own.
The NFL has maintained that the courts do not have any right to overturn the season long suspension handed to Vilma, stemming from his role in the bounty program of the Saints. As the league is governed by commissioner Roger Goodell and the collective bargaining agreement, the NFL believes the courts would be overstepping their boundaries if they were to overrule this suspension. Furthermore, the NFL believes a court decision in the case could open the doors to other lawsuits from players regarding fines and suspensions.
No matter what way this case goes, little to prove or disprove the alleged bounty program will be presented by the NFL, as they believe all testimony on that subject is irrelevant.