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Saints’ coaches and administrators to blame for ‘bounty’ scandal

By vacating the penalties against the New Orleans Saints football players who collected “bounties” for injuring opponents, but upholding them for Saints coaches and administrators, former commissioner Paul Tagliabue sent an important message: Football franchises, like the fish in the old saying, do indeed rot from the head down.

Tagliabue was tapped by current commissioner Roger Goodell to hear a second round of appeals by members of the Saints who allegedly conspired to offer thousands of dollars of bonuses to players who deliberately injured opposing stars. The most notable accusation was a $10,000 reward for anyone who knocked quarterback Brett Favre of the Minnesota Vikings out of the conference championship game that sent the Saints on to their first and only Super Bowl title.

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