12 December, 2012

CNN Breaking News

Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has rescinded punishments against players in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said Tuesday on Twitter.

Tagliabue had been appointed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to hear the players' appeal in the case.

In issuing his decision, Tagliabue found that the conduct of the players -- Jonathan Vilma, Will Smith, Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove -- was detrimental to the league.

But "unlike Saints' broad organizational misconduct, player appeals involve sharply focused issues of alleged individual player misconduct in several different aspects," Tagliabue said in a statement released by the league. "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."

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