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Saints ran a 'Bounty' Program - Now with 100% More Suspensions!

So, just days after Tags was appointed - with the seeming positive vibes of D. Smith, the NFLPA and even direct statements from Vilma saying "I think it's a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator" - the NFLPA and the 4 Bounty players have filed a motion to have Tags removed.

Everyone on every side of this is a total joke.
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Chris Mortensen ‏@mortreport

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has denied motion to recuse himself as appeals arbitrator for Saints bounty case
Greg Aiello ‏@gregaiello Tagliabue affirms factual findings of Commissioner Goodell...concludes Hargrove, Smith, Vilma "engaged in conduct detrimental" and vacates all player discipline. "Unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged individual player misconduct in several different aspects.My affirmation of Commissioner Goodell's findings could certainly justifythe issuance of fines. However, this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization.
[ Edited by WookieOftheYear on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM ]
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Greg Aiello ‏@gregaiello

Tagliabue affirms factual findings of Commissioner Goodell...concludes Hargrove, Smith, Vilma "engaged in conduct detrimental" and...

vacates all player discipline. "Unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged...

"...individual player misconduct in several different aspects...My affirmation of Commissioner Goodell's findings could certainly justify..

"the issuance of fines. However, this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization."
Chris Mortensen ‏@mortreport Paul Tagliabue vacates all suspensions on Saints bounty case, even though he concurs with facts found by league re: Vilma, Smith, Hargrove
[ Edited by WookieOftheYear on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:20 AM ]
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Awful Announcing ‏@awfulannouncing

Wow, NFL spokesman @gregaiello announces Paul Tagliabue vacates ALL player discipline in Saints bounty case. That can't be real, right?
[ Edited by Jcool on Dec 11, 2012 at 10:21 AM ]
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Andrew Brandt ‏@adbrandt

Initial read is Tagliabue agrees with Goodell's findings, bashes the Saints organization, but reverses all discipline against players.
Originally posted by Jcool:
Greg Aiello ‏@gregaiello

Tagliabue affirms factual findings of Commissioner Goodell...concludes Hargrove, Smith, Vilma "engaged in conduct detrimental" and...

vacates all player discipline. "Unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged...

"...individual player misconduct in several different aspects...My affirmation of Commissioner Goodell's findings could certainly justify..

"the issuance of fines. However, this entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints' organization."

so...... wil payton's suspension be extended? loss of draft picks?

tampering????????
Originally posted by WookieOftheYear:
Chris Mortensen ‏@mortreport Paul Tagliabue vacates all suspensions on Saints bounty case, even though he concurs with facts found by league re: Vilma, Smith, Hargrove

How ironic a statement is that!
Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted his support of the players shortly after the suspensions were vacated: "Congratulations to our players for having the suspensions vacated. Unfortunately, there are some things that can never be taken back."


Originally posted by mcbaes72:
Originally posted by WookieOftheYear:
Chris Mortensen ‏@mortreport Paul Tagliabue vacates all suspensions on Saints bounty case, even though he concurs with facts found by league re: Vilma, Smith, Hargrove

How ironic a statement is that!

So he is saying bounties are ok, and you wont be punished!
So even though he agrees with the evidence found, they still get to go unpunished? Wtf kind o contradicting b******t is that? Let Goodson and whitner know, as long as your willing to pay the fine break everyone's legs because that's the most the league can do, oh wait the Saints are the biggest pity party pussies in the league and protected from the rules. Never mind just tell Goodson and whitner not to do that lol.
Originally posted by VaBeachNiner:
So he is saying bounties are ok, and you wont be punished!

He is saying players can get away with it so long as the coaches/organization cover it up
Terrible decision, IMO. Lets players get away with anything as long as they can point to the coach/front office and whine "He MADE me do it!" like they are five years old.
[ Edited by captveg on Dec 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM ]
and Vilma is still going to file a defamation law suit....................