they haven't. thread title went off wrong info.
goodell has to reword the suspension and the infractions.
some thought it meant gooddell got overruled or suspensions were overturned and started reacting accordingly. they jumped the gun, tho and thought this meant something that it doesn't.
bad guys are still gonna get punished. haters are still gonna hate goodell and gooddell will still be right.
He has to prove intent to injure in order to suspend them again otherwise Berrigan will issue an injunction for the sham appeal and he'll end up right back in court. If he could have proven intent to injure, this would have been over a long time ago and they wouldn't have played semantics by calling this a "pay for performance/bounty program" after Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit for claiming he was intentionally injuring players.
Jeff Pash also said in a June interview that "Intent doesn't matter". Well, it does now.
Also, Judge Berrigan issued an order after this announcement on Friday stating that she will not rule on the federal case at this time. Which basically means that if Roger Goodell screws up again, she will issue an injunction and it will be an even bigger PR nightmare.
All that is going to happen is the NFL will claim the players still did what they said. They will give empty threats that they will consider re-suspending them under conduct detrimental. But in reality, they'll only be doing that as 1) Damage control and 2) To give the impression that they still have leverage so that they can try to settle with Vilma to get his defamation lawsuit out of court.
If Vilma does not settle, and I hope he doesn't... the world will finally see just how corrupt Goodell and Pash are because Vilma will be allowed discovery. This means every piece of "evidence" the NFL has, including witnesses. It also will lead to a subpoena for the coaches, the witness(es), and probably Joe Hummel (the lead investigator who resigned back in April - the NFL announced it during the draft so no one would care).
It would also likely lead to a subpoena for all e-mails involving Roger Goodell. Which means if he sent any e-mails suggesting fabrication, or linking the bounty investigation to save them from the concussion lawsuits... he's toast. Or, if they deleted those e-mails from their system since May (when Vilma filed his lawsuit), then someone is going to prison for obstruction of justice.