Tagliabue Overturns Saints’ Suspensions

    The New Orleans Saints huddle during the second half of an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Nov. 13, 2011, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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    Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue issued a ruling to overturn the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players Tuesday, bringing a close to a case that has plagued the NFL for close to a year. Tagliabue, the commissioner from 1989–2006 was asked by his predecessor, current commissioner Roger Goodell, to oversee the appeals in order to keep the league from operating a “kangaroo court.” While Tagliabue did find that three of the players had engaged in fine-worthy conduct that was “detrimental to the league,” he placed a large part of the blame on the coaches themselves, who rewarded key plays—including hard tackles—with a culture of performance pools. “This entire case has been contaminated by the coaches and others in the Saints’ organization,” the ruling said.

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