Yes, Vilma has maintained his innocence. He has made that clear from day one.
Would you expect anything less from a football player? Do they normally accept responsibility when evidence points to their guilt? Not so much.
What better way to further your claim of innocence than by suing the guy that suspended you? Remember the kid principal analogy? Same idea.
But it doesn’t make it true.
Roger Goodell doesn’t just suspend for no reason. We can argue whether or not a full year was warranted, that’s a fair debate. But Goodell doesn’t suspend guys without evidence. He certainly wouldn’t make an unprecedented suspension, unless he had a lot of evidence.
And clearly, it’s good evidence.