We all knew that the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scandal would warrant punishment and it was only a matter of time before Commissioner (Czar) Roger Goodell would dole it out. What wasn’t expected was the severity of the suspension. The NFL released a statement this afternoon. In what is probably one of the stiffest penalties against a team in NFL history, here is the rundown:
- Head Coach Sean Payton is suspended without pay for the 2012 NFL season as of April 1st
- General Manager Mickey Loomis is suspended without pay for the first eight games of the 2012 NFL season.
- Former Saints (now with the St. Louis Rams) Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely without pay, effective immediately. His status will be re-evaluated after the 2012 NFL season.
- Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt is suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2012 NFL season.
- The New Orleans Saints were fined $500,000 and must forfeit their second round picks in 2012 and 2013
So there you have it. Add in a quarterback in Drew Brees who’s unhappy about getting the franchise tag, and it is NOT shaping up to be a great 2012 season. The NFL has been in “C.Y.A.” mode for a few years now. As more players file lawsuits and more discussions arise over player safety, the NFL has been coming down hard on the players. A message needed to be sent to the teams, and it was heard loud and clear.
By the way…the Broncos just traded Tim Tebow to the Jets. More on that later…