After months of legal recourse and hand-wringing, the BountyGate scandal has seemingly been put to rest.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed on his Twitter account that the four players involved in the case have been cleared of any discipline despite engaging in conduct detrimental to the league.
What does all this mean? In a nutshell, the suspensions levied upon Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, Browns linebacker Scott Fujita and free agent defensive end Anthony Hargrove have all been overturned, likely permanently, after former commissioner Paul Tagliabue thoroughly reviewed the case.
The NFL issued its reaction:
"We respect Mr. Tagliabue's decision, which underscores the due process afforded players in NFL disci...