Not sure what to make of Tagliabue overturning Goodell. Obviously, Goodell acted hastily with his punishments. Obviously, he had the wisdom to involve Tagliablue who obviously is an independent guy. New Orleans still did very bad things and the coaching staff was horrible and I don’t think the players were that wonderful, either. But I have no problem with the players’ sentences being overturned. What about you?

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  1. Brandon Conway

    I don’t like that the “He made me do it!” defense works for adults, but it is what it is.

    December 11th, 2012 2:54 pm

  2. Tiburon Dave

    What does this say about Goodell’s future?

    December 11th, 2012 4:29 pm

  3. mbabco

    What Tagliabue seems to be saying is that it’s an offense that deserves fines, not suspensions.

    December 11th, 2012 4:56 pm

  4. Frank in Minnesota

    Maybe the players were intimidated by the coaches???

    December 11th, 2012 5:26 pm

  5. lameduck

    Except that now we don’t know what the consequences are for this or do we, no consequences. If there are going to be rules, they should be followed/enforced or changed.

    December 11th, 2012 9:32 pm

  6. Albert Park

    I’m not ready to give the players a free pass on this, but I’m certain the main fault lies with the coaching staff, and they’re the ones who should pay the price.

    December 11th, 2012 10:18 pm

  7. chris

    wow Lowell, seemed like you were 100% against the bountygate thing in New Orleans when it broke but guess not anymore. And how can you say Goodell is an independant guy………he’s a former commisioner on the NFL who’s going to have a strong bias based on his experiences in the job. Although I do agree with his ruling seems like they should of had someone not associated with sports if Goodel wanted an “independant” voice.

    December 12th, 2012 8:58 am

  8. Jumbo Shrimp

    Really? I could have sworn that you were the lone sensible person in all the media when it came to the bounty scandal – your disgust with the coaches and desire to ban them for life (including Payton) set you apart from the pandering horde. I would have thought your ire would extend to the players who participated. They are not children. They are all part of a very dangerous, very violent league of warriors whose ultimate goal should be the well-being of the whole, not the destruction of a few. In my opinion, any player who sat through that Gregg Williams meeting that Sean Pamphilon recorded (and Cerullo says there were many others like it) had a duty to his fellow players across the league to stand up to Williams and put him in his place. Just remember, this coach advocated giving Kyle Williams and Alex Smith concussions, turning Vernon’s ankle over in the pile, and tearing Michael Crabtree’s ACL, all in one meeting. And the ease with which he said it, and with which his players received it, indicates a long history of such heinous speeches. I say that all the players in that room should have been suspended for a game for not turning Williams in, and that any who helped to orchestrate and manage the program, took active roles, should be banned for life.

    Similarly, I think that any investor who knowingly defrauds other investors is knowingly causing harm to the economy and should be forever banned from the industry. It’s a matter of integrity, and to me, none of the players in that room has an iota of it. And Drew Brees is the phoniest player in the NFL.

    December 13th, 2012 8:52 pm

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