Posted October 16, 2012

Saints fan sues NFL for $5M for ‘dictatorial interference’ from Roger Goodell

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Roger Goodell and the NFL are being sued for $5 million by a New Orleans Saints fan. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

A New Orleans Saints fan is suing the NFL for $5 million for “dictatorial, unreasonable, vindictive, and unfounded, interference from the Commissioner and the League,” according to a report Tuesday from The Times-Picayune.

David Mancina filed a class-action lawsuit against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell citing a claim that he and other season-ticket holders had the expectation that the league would help the Saints field “a contending team comprised of the finest athletes, and the best coaches.”

The lawsuit is, of course, in response to the Bounty Program that the Saints were alleged to have coordinated internally without knowledge of the league. From a subsequent investigation, the Commissioner suspended head coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis, player Jonathan Vilma and others for participating in and supporting the Program.

In addition to the suspensions, the NFL also forced the Saints to give up its 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks, “thereby devastating the quality of the Saints, the value of the tickets purchased by Plaintiff and the confidence and emotional attachment of Plaintiff, and the class, to the Saints,” according to the suit filed by Mancina.

Mancina’s lawyer said “there is no due process” for the fans, who he claims have been ignored since the Bounty Program investigation began in 2009:

“The players are suing because action has been taken against them without due process, but nobody has considered what effect it’s had on the ticket holders,” he said. “They go out there and support the team and the league year in and year out and they’re just completely ignored.”

In related news, a federal judge on Tuesday ordered the NFL to hand over all of its documents regarding the Bounty Program. The court order comes after Vilma alleged that the judge had only been given a fraction of the evidence related to the matter.


15 comments
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TheEsquireof212
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Saints fans are embarrassing. They act like the doesn't LOVE them, and are only pursuing this because of the pending concussion-related lawsuit. Only New England and Pittsburgh get more love from the league than the Saints. And they think there is some sort of vendetta ha.

 

Why were Sean Payton, Joe Vitt, Mickey Loomis and Jonathan Vilma allowed at that game last week, if the league has an agenda against them?

 

I love rubbing this in Saints fans' faces, easily some of the most obnoxious and rambunctious fans in all of sports. And all for what???

TheEsquireof212
TheEsquireof212

Saints fans are embarrassing. They act like the doesn't LOVE them, and are only pursuing this because of the pending concussion-related lawsuit. Only New England and Pittsburgh get more love from the league than the Saints. And they think there is some sort of vendetta ha.

 

Why were Sean Payton, Joe Vitt, Mickey Loomis and Jonathan Vilma allowed at that game last week, if the league has an agenda against them?

 

I love rubbing this in Saints fans' faces, easily some of the most obnoxious and rambunctious fans in all of sports. And all for what???

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

The irony being that I bet this guy just assumes that Gregg Williams perjured himself with that signed statement saying a bounty system existed.

bherder
bherder

This also means, as a Packer fan, I should be able to sue and have the win given back to Green Bay..

Marcelo R
Marcelo R

So that means I can sue the Chicago Cubs for sucking for 108 years...

kgbkgb1967
kgbkgb1967

Who put the gun to his head and forced him to buy tickets or watch from home?

guintz
guintz

this means i can sue buttgoblin and the nhl?

 

markhartman72
markhartman72

So does this mean a fan can sue the team for fielding a below average team?  Point being the Browns, Bengals (for a long time), Dolphins (since Dan Marino).  Really?  Are we such a litigious society that EVERYTHING you don't like or goes against you is a situation where you can sue?  Such a puzz society these days...;.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward,...

Loki
Loki

 @kgbkgb1967tickets purchased before the bounty scandal became public, such as pretty much ALL season tickets, would fit this scenario....

 

Loki
Loki

 @markhartman72no, it means you can sue those responsible for forcing your team to field a bad team....