Ex-NFL Commissioner Tagliabue ‘vacates all player discipline’ in Saints bounty case
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has issued a ruling in the bounty matter that vacates all player discipline.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the case against the players was ‘contaminated’ by coaches and others in the Saints’ organization.
“Tagliabue affirms factual findings of Commissioner Goodell concludes Hargrove, Smith, Vilma “engaged in conduct detrimental” and vacates all player discipline,” Aiello said, using “and” where perhaps “but” would have been the better choice.
Regardless, the suspensions imposed on Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma, Saints defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita, and free-agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove have been overturned.
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