After nine long, agonizing months, the New Orleans Saints Bounty case is over.
Both the NFL and the NFL players who were suspended and fined as a result of the bounty are declaring victory.
Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue vacated all player discipline, including suspensions and fines that were handed down by current NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
Tagliabue admitted that the findings he found during his ruling support Goodell’s original findings that he wrote in his report. Tagliabue went on to say Saints coaches and personnel who were fined and suspended must serve their penalty and are no longer subject to appeal.
Part of Tagliabue’s decision on the Saints bounty reads, “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 what does this mean for Browns linebacker Scott Fujita?
Tagliabue cleared Fujita of any wrong doing saying that the Browns linebacker, who used to play for the Saints, did not engage in conduct detrimental to the league as Roger Goodell stated and that Fujita did not offer money for injuries and never interfered with the league’s investigation.
Jonathan Vilma , one of the players involved in Goodell’s report on the Saints bounty said he is pursuing a defamation lawsuit against commissioner Goodell.