“Meting out unprecedented punishment for a crush-for-cash bounty system that targeted key opposing players, the NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton without pay for next season and indefinitely banned the team’s former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams.
Payton is the first head coach suspended by the league for any reason. He’s accused of trying to cover up a system of extra cash payouts that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday called “particularly unusual and egregious” and “totally unacceptable.”
Sending a message by taking a harsh stand, Goodell also banned Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season — believed to be the first time a GM was suspended by the NFL — and assistant coach Joe Vitt for the first six games.
In addition, Goodell fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round draft pick this year and in 2013.
“We recognize our fans’ concerns and we regret the uncertainty this episode has created for them. We are humbled by the support our organization has received from our fans today in the wake of this announcement, and we ask them to continue to stand with us, as they have done in the past, when both our team and our city have overcome greater adversities,” the Saints said in a statement responding to the penalties.
“To our fans, the NFL and the rest of our league, we offer our sincere apology and take full responsibility for these serious violations.”
GOOD JOB Mr. Goodell for DOING THE RIGHT THING in sending a NEEDED MESSAGE that the NFL MUST NEVER tolerate organize violence against members of other NFL pro football teams, PERIOD. This is a NEEDED ACTION for the the GOOD of not only the NFL, but for the New Orleans Saints team and the fans of the New Orleans Saints fan community.
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