Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been steadfast in his support of his suspended teammates, and suspended coach Sean Payton, since NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell cracked down on them in the league’s bounty investigation.
So while Brees is pleased that former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue voided the suspensions of the four players Goodell initially disciplined, that doesn’t mean he’s satisfied. In a statement on Twitter, Brees congratulated the players who had their suspensions vacated, but he added that there are some things that can never be taken back.”
Congratulations to our players for having the suspensions vacated. Unfortunately, there are some things that can never be taken back—
Drew Brees (@drewbrees) December 11, 2012
Brees didn’t detail which “things that can never be taken back” he was referring to, but with the Saints on pace for their worst record since Brees arrived in New Orleans, he may be wondering what might have been different if today’s news had come at the start of the season, instead of the end.