Tagliabue, lawyers hold bounty hearings Tagliabue, lawyers hold bounty hearings FILE - In this Aug. 8, 2006 file photo, Roger Goodell, left, the NFL's chief operating officer, and Paul Tagliabue, NFL commissioner, pose for photos after Goodell was selected to succeed Tagliabue as the league's new commissioner at an NFL meeting in Northbrook, Ill. The players' union opposes former Commissioner Tagliabue hearing the appeals of the four players suspended in the Saints bounties case. In a statement Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012, the NFL Players Association said it will file a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans later in the day asking Tagliabue to recuse himself because of a conflict of interest. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File) Advocate story Nov. 29, 2012 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) - Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and lawyers for the league and the players' union have wrapped up a hearing in the Saints bounties case. Tagliabue is overseeing the latest round of player appeals in Washington. Former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo, a key witness in the NFL's investigation, was scheduled to speak Thursday. Former New Orleans defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is to participate in Friday's session. Two Saints players who were suspended, linebacker Jonathan Vilma and defensive end Will Smith, have said they plan to attend when Williams is there. Vilma's lawyer attended Thursday's day-long hearing at an office building. Tagliabue and lawyers who attended Thursday declined comment when they left.