POSTED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 12:43pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, December 11, 2012 - 3:06pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Tuesday that he will vacate the player suspensions in the Saints bounty investigation.
"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," Tagliabue said.
Two current Saints, Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith, were facing game suspensions.
Much more on what could be the end of the nine month bounty investigation tonight on NBC33 News at 5, 6:30 & 10 p.m.