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NFL files grievance over lawsuit

Updated: July 12, 2012, 10:55 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The NFL has filed a grievance with the players' union asking Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma to drop his defamation lawsuit against commissioner Roger Goodell.

The league claims Vilma's suit violates the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout. A clause in the CBA, which the NFL says the union agreed to, bars NFL Players Association members from suing the league or any clubs.

Vilma tweeted in response to the NFL's grievance: "The ...

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