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Did Paul Tagliabue solve bountygate or add fuel to the fire?

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05:55 PM ET 12.11 | From the very start, the bounty-gate scandal was botched. The suspensions came to fast and too hard, the evidence wasn't properly filed (assuming it even existed in the capacity the NFL claims it did) and the unnecessary tension created out of all that was just too much to handle. The NFL is on a crusade for player safety but in doing to they forgot to watch out for themselves. It's not the first time a leader has come into power and has become tyrannical. It's historical really: guy comes into power with really good intentions but goes about those intentions all wrong and before you know it we're living in a Star Wars prequel movie. And I don't want to live in that world, maybe the original trilogy world but not the prequels. Tagliabue played Obi-Wan Kneobi in all this, and basically pandered to both sides like an elementary school principal. One the one hand, he said the NFL was way to harsh on the punishments given the evidence they had. But on the other hand he said the players involved probably did have a pay-for-play system in place. All in all, both sides are right while still being wrong and like the stupid rule book in the NFL, those penalties are offsetting, we will replay the previous down.

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Paul Tagliabue, AP Photo/Cliff Owen Paul Tagliabue, AP Photo/Cliff Owen
December 11, 2012  06:23 PM ET

It's not the first time a leader has come into power and has become tyrannical. It's historical really: guy comes into power with really good intentions but goes about those intentions all wrong and before you know it we're living in a Star Wars prequel movie.

Sounds like the story of Al Davis' life.

December 11, 2012  06:25 PM ET

Creepy! Good job Paul......BS Goodell!!

December 11, 2012  06:37 PM ET

Basically he proved that if you are in the wrong, whine and cry and sue and play the victim and you will get away with it.

December 11, 2012  06:55 PM ET

This is a huge loss of face for das Commisar. He's operating with no oversight and no accountability. Now a real commissioner has stepped in and told everyone that he screwed up.

December 11, 2012  07:03 PM ET

Obi-Wan Kneobi my ***. Maybe the slime dripping off Jabba's testicles. Choirboy can only aspire to be the frozen dung of a mythical beast sacrificed by a mythical character in a mythical movie. As for the real world I don't see much use for that fool at all.

December 11, 2012  07:03 PM ET
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Basically he proved that if you are in the wrong, whine and cry and sue and play the victim and you will get away with it.

Welcome to America.

December 11, 2012  07:05 PM ET
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Basically he proved that if you are in the wrong, whine and cry and sue and play the victim and you will get away with it.

Wouldnt it be obvious on film if the players had a bounty? If the players are hitting legally, whats the problem?

December 11, 2012  07:07 PM ET
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Basically he proved that if you are in the wrong, whine and cry and sue and play the victim and you will get away with it.

Not true, Goodell tried playing dictator.

December 11, 2012  07:30 PM ET
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Not true, Goodell tried playing dictator.

We finally agree on something!!! Believe me if the sports channels had the clips of bounty hunting they would ve shown it over, over and over again.....They didnt have anything!!

December 11, 2012  07:57 PM ET

This decision is actually the beginning of the end for Goodell. It does not matter what kind of contract he has or which owners strongly support him. By being told very publicly that he let his ego dictate his decisions he will be forced out because now everyone knows his achilles heel. Good riddance Goodell!

December 11, 2012  08:19 PM ET
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This decision is actually the beginning of the end for Goodell. It does not matter what kind of contract he has or which owners strongly support him. By being told very publicly that he let his ego dictate his decisions he will be forced out because now everyone knows his achilles heel. Good riddance Goodell!

Even the courts agreed with Vilma!.....nice chunk of change Vilma and crew will be getting!!

December 11, 2012  08:21 PM ET
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Even the courts agreed with Vilma!.....nice chunk of change Vilma and crew will be getting!!

Goodell didnt think Vilma and his lawyers wouldnt ask for proof or even the NFL union! Goodell isnt too smart is he?

December 11, 2012  08:22 PM ET

I have NO love or respect for Goodell, but I still believe Vilma and crew are guilty as charged.

December 11, 2012  08:33 PM ET

Tagliabooboo is a worthless pile of excrement.

December 11, 2012  08:35 PM ET
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Goodell didnt think Vilma and his lawyers wouldnt ask for proof or even the NFL union! Goodell isnt too smart is he?

He let his ego make decisions for him and underestimated his opponent. Not a happy time in the Goodell household right now.

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December 11, 2012  08:42 PM ET
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C'est la vie.

say no more....

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December 11, 2012  08:59 PM ET
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Goodell is an idiot. His handling of the Patriots/Jets taping incident proved that he was in (intellectually) and ethically over his head. How he was able to keep his job after that debacle is amazing.His recent media campaign where he floated the idea of eliminating kick offs should have seen him dumped in the Hudson river. What a dick.

Here's what Mike Ditka said....."Who the hell is going to take it out? Somebody who never played the game? Somebody who never coached the game? We're going to take out the kickoff because it's too dangerous? It's an integral part of the game. It's a skill part of the game. People who cover have to have courage, determination and skill."

"To take that out of the game would be the stupidest thing they would ever do."

Goodell is indeed in way over his head.

 
December 11, 2012  09:04 PM ET

Tagliabooboo is an even bigger moron than Baddell.

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