Posted October 26, 2012

NFL refuses to recuse Paul Tagliabue from bounty hearings

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Roger Godell and Paul Tagliabue

Roger Goodell stepped aside, and former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue (right) stepped in. (A. Messerschmidt, Getty Images)

When NFL Comissioner Roger Goodell stepped aside as arbitrator in the New Orleans Saints bounty case, the Saint’s Jonathan Vilma took it as a positive step in the appeals process.

Now he may be regretting his words.

Vilma and the NFL PLayers’ Association filed a motion to have Goodell’s replacement, Paul Tagliabue, recused from proceedings as well, citing Tagliabue’s tenure as NFL Commissioner from 1989 until 2006. That status, they argued, prevents him from having a neutral outlook on the case.

Today, the NFL submitted a statement of its own.

“Mr. Vilma was right that Commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment,” the league’s attorney’s wrote. “Commissioner Tagliabue has the experience necessary to assess whether the conduct the players engaged in was detrimental to the League and, if so, to assess the propriety of the discipline that Commissioner Goodell imposed. It is difficult to think of anyone else more qualified.”


9 comments
soulbizkid
soulbizkid

Get Obama, he wouldn't do anything thereby the suspensions would serve out and go away?

sdefrancis
sdefrancis

The NFL is so crooked I would be leery of anyone they brought in to "neutrally" arbitrate. the NFL however would never bring in a fair and neutral arbitrator that both sides agree on because then of course the proceedings would be fair and unbiased to both sides. Commissioner Goodel is a wolf in a commisioner's clothing.

guykingii1
guykingii1

Shouldn't both sides agree on who is an "impartial" arbitrator?  And Tagliabue represents the NFL in other matters as well as having a role in the initial decisions made in the "bounty" case.

help4mac1
help4mac1

Get John McCain. He is impartial and against torture.

roderiques5898
roderiques5898

I'll say it again who would you consider impartial? I think Tagliabur is uniquely qualified to hear the evidence and render a decision. He knew what was good for the league and is a lawyer to boot. Unless someone can come up with a better choice then they need to button it. If what they did can be proven then a one year suspension is inadequate. Attempting to put a player out of the game is not only unsportsman like it is criminal. it has no place in professional sports. The game of football like hockey is violent in nature and some injuries are bound to occur but to seek to physically harm your opponent is wrong. A life time ban is what they deserve if it can be proven they took part in this bountygate. to me it is the same as Pete Rose betting on baseball. It is against the rules and players have to be held accountable. I do not however agree with the year long suspension of Sean Payton. I think he was an innocet bystander that got hit with the fallout. The defensive coach who orchestrated all this also deseves a lifetime ban

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Ridiculous, they've already shown there's a huge conflict of interest.  BADdell keeps showing he's nothing short of a Nazi when it comes to decisions like this.  He needs to go away IMO.

ScottYoung
ScottYoung like.author.displayName 1 Like

 @stabmasterarson21 Nazi? Really? That's the best comparison you can make? I call Godwin - go away until you can come up with a better argument than that pathetic excuse.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Jonathan Vilma got what he asked for.  And Roger Goodell laughed.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Elvis Costello had a song off the Armed Forces album in 1978 called "Two little Hitlers" ........