|NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell|
It seems that the only evidence the league can produce is a videotape of the Saints' defense in the huddle on the sidelines with coordinator Gregg Williams after Michael Vick was knocked out of a game in 2010 in which Will Smith appears to say something like "You owe me for that. Gimme my money." Although the audio evidence is very unclear and it is not certain exactly what was said, and there is no evidence that the video is authentic.
|Former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue|
I personally feel that there is not sufficient evidence to uphold the suspensions, however if these suspensions are completely overturned, does that not meant that the league is admitting that the bountygate scandal does not have enough evidence to uphold any suspensions, including those of Payton, Williams, defensive assistant Joe Vitt and others involved in the Saints' front office? If so, did this bounty scandal actually occur? Tagliabue's decision could spell doom for Goodell and the league, or it could make him look like the strong leader that he intends to portray. In either case, this scandal has taken a conservative turn by bringing in the former Commish.