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         === Tagliabue overturns player suspensions in bounty case ===
 
 New  York,  NY (Sports  Network)  -  Former  NFL commissioner  Paul  Tagliabue
 announced his ruling in the New Orleans Saints bounty case and has vacated all
 player discipline previously issued by current commissioner Roger Goodell.
 
 Jonathan  Vilma,  Anthony Hargrove,  Will  Smith  and  Scott Fujita  were  all
 suspended  by Goodell  in  May for  their  roles in  the  bounty program  from
 2009-2011. Vilma had been suspended for the entire 2012 season, while Hargrove
 was  originally  given an eight-game penalty.  Smith was banned for four games
 and Fujita was slapped with a three-game suspension.
 
 The  suspensions  were overturned by  an appeals  panel in September, then re-
 issued  by Goodell  in October. Another appeal led to Tagliabue's appointment,
 and he decided to overturn the suspensions after reviewing the case.
 
 Tagliabue,  in a statement released Tuesday, affirmed the league's findings in
 the investigation, the results of which were first released back in March, but
 determined  the  Saints' organization deserved  more of  the blame and not the
 players.
 
 Saints  head  coach Sean Payton  was suspended for  the entire 2012 season and
 then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely for their
 roles in the program.
 
 More to follow.
 
 
 
 12/11 13:47:23 ET

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