Paul Tagliabue affirmed Roger Goodell’s findings in the Saints bounty case but, in a stunning turn of events, vacated all player discipline handed out to Jonathan Vilma (one year), Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Will Smith.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has handed down new discipline to four players in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation of the Saints.
Investigators have found no evidence at this time that the Saints or general manager Mickey Loomis rigged Superdome wiring so opposing coaches’ radio communications could be intercepted.
Suspended Saints player Jonathan Vilma left an appeals hearing with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after about an hour Monday, denying he had a role in New Orleans’ bounty program.
A separate arbitration hearing into whether Goodell has jurisdiction to punish the players for the team’s bounties program has been set for May 30.
The union claims NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t have the authority to hand out discipline for player conduct that occurred before the current collective bargaining agreement was finalized last August.
“We’re in the final stages of working on discipline involving the players. We hope to do that very soon and get that behind us.”
Sean Payton lists Bill Parcells as his mentor. These days, the New Orleans Saints coach may need that support more than ever.
While the New Orleans Saints were handing out money for “cart offs and knockouts,” it was the commissioner who threw the ultimate haymaker.
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