Goodell rejected Brees' plea to acknowledge that he mishandled the investigation.
"Commissioner Tagliabue said there's no one here that should feel good about their role in this with respect to the Saints," Goodell said. "I think to have a bounty program where you're targeting players for injury is completely unacceptable in the NFL, and it's clear that occurred for three years despite all the denials."
NFL legal counsel Jeff Pash said Tagliabue's ruling answered the criticism that he would favor the league because he used to run it.
"I think he did exactly what he was charged to do, which was to be independent and to have full authority," Pash said.
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