Originally Posted by cajuncocoa
You don't believe it because you're being a homer.
Only the player suspensions were vacated; Tagliabue felt the players had been punished enough. The report indicated that coaches and management were clearly involved, and that they participated in an attempt to obstruct the investigation. That's why Payton, Williams, and Loomis did not have their suspensions vacated.
The report was carefully worded to support Goodell and to deflect damage from the upcoming defamation case (Vilma vs. Goodell), which, by the way, has Tagliabue's law firm defending Goodell. Can you say conflict of interest? The report depended almost entirely on the testimony of former Saints defensive quality control coach (means he cleaned their jock straps), Mike Cerullo, who was fired following the 2009-10 season for lying to management about two absences during the season and other issues.
Cerullo appeared almost two years later with personal claims and handwritten notes confirming bounties. At the time he claimed he had detailed notes covering the Warner bounty and signed a statement later confirming this "fact". During the appeal hearing he admitted that there were never any notes from that game. He also admitted that the supposed notes that he had from the Favre game were totally inaccurate and he "really didn't know where he was going with that document".
Besides, the hearing was for the players. The others had exhausted their appeals already. There was no way Tagliabue could do anything about them even if he wanted.
This is just starting to get interesting and may very well cost Goodell his job.
Uh, of course I am a homer, but I also take the time to learn everything I can about the facts and do not base my judgement on the slanted view of the league and what they feed to the media.