Jonathan Vilma's lawsuit dismissed

Updated: January 17, 2013, 9:03 PM ET
By Pat Yasinskas | ESPN.com

A federal judge has dismissed Jonathan Vilma's defamation suit against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, league spokesman Greg Aiello announced via Twitter on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan in New Orleans had been holding off ruling on the case while awaiting for Vilma to go through the process of appealing his season-long suspension by the NFL.

Goodell initially said the linebacker was a ring leader in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal. In announcing its ...

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