So if there wasn't enough evidence to prove the players participated in the illegal bounty program then how can the NFL say there was a bounty program in place
The league never said such a thing. In fact, Tagliabue said the exact opposit. He said he did find evidence that Vilma and co participated in conduct detrimental to the league, BUT that isn't why they were suspended. Vilma go the full year because he allegedly put up $10k...something Tagliabue could not find enough evidence to back up, thus the suspencion was lifted.
He isn't saying $10k wasn't put up, just that Vilma didn't do it.