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Sean Payton Saints Coach Suspended Without Pay For Bounty Program Plus Tim Tebow Traded (Video

Blogged By: De De Tillman

Source & Story Credit: FOX News

Media Credit: Photo (Zimbio) / Video (Wall Street Journal)

Posted: Wednesday March 21, 2012 @ 12:50 p.m. PST


According to Fox News, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the  2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former  Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday  because of the team’s bounty program that targeted opposing players.

Handing down sweeping and serious punishment for a system that paid out  thousands of dollars when hits knocked specific opponents out of games, Goodell  also suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight  regular-season games next season, 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 picks this year and next.

After the NFL first made its investigation public on March 2, Williams  admitted to — and apologized for — running the program as the Saints’  defensive coordinator from 2009-11. He was hired by the St. Louis Rams this  offseason.

Goodell will review Williams’ status after the upcoming season and decide  whether he can return to the league.

The Saints now must decide who will coach the team while Payton is barred,  his suspension is effective April 1, and who will make roster moves while Loomis  is out. After the NFL made clear that punishments were looming, Payton and  Loomis took the blame for violations that they acknowledged “happened under our  watch” and said Saints owner Tom Benson “had nothing to do” with the bounty  pool, which reached as much as $50,000 in 2009, the season the Saints won the  Super Bowl.

The NFL said payoffs went to 22 to 27 defensive players for inflicting  game-ending injuries on targeted opponents, including quarterbacks Brett Favre  and Kurt Warner. “Knockouts” were worth $1,500 and “cart-offs” $1,000, with  payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.

All payouts for specific performances in a game, including interceptions or  causing fumbles, are against NFL rules. The NFL warns teams against such  practices before each season, although in the aftermath of the revelations about  the Saints, current and former players from various teams talked about that sort  of thing happening frequently — although not on the same scale as the NFL found  in New Orleans.

Punishment for any Saints players involved will be determined later, because  the league is still reviewing the case with the NFL Players Association.

So far, though, the discipline for the Saints’ involvement in the bounty  scheme is more far-reaching than what Goodell did in 2007, when the NFL came  down on the New England Patriots for illegally videotaping an opponent. Goodell  fined the Patriots $250,000, stripped a first-round draft pick, and docked their  coach, Bill Belichick, $500,000 for what was known as “Spygate.”

Sean Payton New Orleans Saints Coach.