if those allegations are make recklessly or when known to be false.
This is where we non-attorneys have trouble with the law. If Goodell's comments about Vilma are false and/or were made recklessly, it is difficult to understand how a CBA supersedes basic rights not to slander or defame another person. Edit: What kooldak said.
Not only that. if I recall correctly, there is a section within the CBA that essentially prevents suits to be brought by the NFL or the NFLPA against each other. That's understandable, I suppose.
I hope it's correct that the combination of the two suits will not result in the more feasible suit to get dragged down by the less feasible suit. I don't know where we go if the suit is dismissed. If that happens, it would be a miscarriage of justice piled on top of another miscarriage of "justice" (in quotes because Goodell's actions do not constitute justice in my view).
What we want here is justice. As a union member, I don't want to see CBA's violated. But as a person, I don't want to see conditions within a CBA to trample on the right not to be defamed.