Goodell Drops Mammoth Penalty on Sean Peyton, Saints
"A combination of elements made this matter particularly unusual and egregious." If you're a Saints fan, this is not how you were hoping the news release on the punishment for the New Orleans Saints would start. For the "off-season," we are are dealing with a lot of NFL news! Blockbuster draft trades, a living legend quarterback's release and signing, a very active free agency, and now the major news of Roger Goodell's punishment of the New Orleans Saints. For those who haven't been following the story, earlier this month the news broke that the NFL was investigating the New Orleans Saints for operating a bounty program from 2009 to 2011. Greg Williams, former Saints defensive coordinator, was accused of implementing a system in which defensive players would be rewarded cash bonuses for causing injury to other team's players. This spawned a massive debate on the violent culture of the sport, while the NFL finished its investigation and Commissioner Roger Goodell decided what punishment to deliver. Most everyone agrees the punishments were going to be harsh. But few expected them to be as harsh as we find out today they are. There are the punishments that were announced today in a news release from Roger Goodell and the NFL:
- The New Orleans Saints are fined $500,000, and forfeit their 2nd round picks of the 2012 and 2013 drafts.
- Head Coach Sean Payton is suspended for the entire 2012 NFL season.
- Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is suspended for the first 8 regular-season games of 2012.
- Former Saints (and current St. Louis Rams) defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely from the NFL, pending further review from Goodell at the end of the 2012 season.
- Saints assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt is suspended for the first 6 regular-season games of 2012.