The NFL came down hard on the New Orleans Saints on Wednesday.
Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight regular-season games, the team was fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and ’13) as a result of a bounty program conducted by the team during the 2009-11 seasons.
Details of an NFL investigation released at the beginning on March reported that the Saints’ bounty program gave thousands of dollars in payoffs to players for hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games. The NFL said the amounts reached their height in 2009, the season the Saints won the Super Bowl.
Williams, now defensive coordinator of the Rams, has admitted to and apologized for running the program.
Payton and Loomis apologized and took the blame for violations that “happened under our watch,” but not until almost a week after the NFL pointed to them for failing to stop the program.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
2 Responses to Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year
Wow! Who is going to coach the Aints, now, Archie Manning?
Sorry, mah brother.
Hoooly chit! I have to give it to Goodell for coming down hard, there is no place in the NFL for that kind of garbage – it’s football, not MMA.
Had they not graped Favre, the Viqueens win the super bowl.