My CBS article entitled "Saints Bounty Decision & What It Means" digs deep into Paul Tagliabue's decision. We know that Tagliabue reversed the suspensions. Why did he do this and what does this mean for the NFL, Roger Goodell and Jonathan Vilma moving forward.
Here is an excerpt:
Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has reversed commissioner Roger Goodell's suspensions of Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Will Smith. This is despite finding the existence of a bounty program that so deeply mutated into something disturbing and misguided.
So how to reconcile these findings? Below are the key points distilled from Tagliabue's very legal decision (click here to read his decision).
What is the takeaway from Tagliabue's decision?
Let's start with what it's not. This decision does not stand for the principle that if a coach tells a player to intentionally injure another player, and he does it, he will not be held responsible.