Welp that was a big waste of time and money on the NFL’s part.
Wow. NFL announces that Paul Tagliabue "vacates all player discipline"
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) December 11, 2012
Long story short, Tagliabue agreed with Roger Goodell that the Saints were up to something shady, but since so much of the information presented by all parties were in contradiction Tagliabue couldn’t say for certain the punishment fit the crime for the players.
From the beginning I thought Roger Goodell was abusing his power with this one and it appears Tagliabue believed the same thing.