Filling in for current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue upheld the findings that several members of the New Orleans Saints engaged in a bounty program contrary to league rules. Yet at the same time, the former commissioner vacated the suspensions of the players involved.
In a complicated decision, Tagliabue said that Goodell's findings that Saints players Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Will Smith engaged in the bounty was "factually accurate," reports CBS Sports. But the former commissioner then went on to say that the entire case was "contaminated" by the Saints organization, resulting in his decision to vacate the player suspensions that Goodell had handed down.
Tagliabue was filling in for Goodell who had recused himself from the Saints' appeal of the original decision resulting in the suspensions.