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Payton Suspended a Year, Loomis 8 Games for Bounty Program

The Saints punishment was handed down by the league today, and it’s one that comes with a heavy price.

The NFL has suspended coach Sean Payton for a full year, general manager Mickey Loomis was also hit with an 8-game suspension, and former defensive coordiantor Gregg Williams, now with the Rams, has been suspended indefinitely.

Assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt was hit with a 6-game suspension without pay as well.

On top of that, the Saints will be docked $500,000 and second draft picks in 2012.

The punishments come against after the league wrapped up their investigation into a bounty program the league said the Saints employed from 2009 to 2011.

Initiated in 2009, the year the Saints made the Super Bowl, players were getting paid extra money under the table for big plays that included “cart-offs” and knockouts, according to the NFL.

Those plays earned $1,000 and $1,500, respectively, under the system run by Williams, who occasionally put money in the kitty, the NFL alleges.

At some point during that season, the pool reached nearly $50,000, the report says.

There’s no word on who would coach the team with Payton suspended. The Saints surly will file an appeal to try to get their coach on the sidelines for the 2012 season.

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6 Responses to “Payton Suspended a Year, Loomis 8 Games for Bounty Program”

  1. Jason says:

    My God.

  2. Brotha Tuna says:

    Dear Saints Fans-
    I’m a 49ers Fan writing to offer my sympathy to y’all for having to suffer through these recent suspensions. Fans penalized for what isn’t their fault. Tough, tough sanctions. I think some players may face penalties also.
    It seems to me that an example is being made; a rough one. Sign Drew, circle the wagons. I know your team will come out ready to rock & roll. No reason to write off the season. We hope to see you in the Play-Offs! Keep the faith.

  3. Porky Robinson says:

    Saints fans,
    As a fellow memeber of the new orleans community, I am shocked that such sanctions are taking place. I do not agree with the “bounty” system, however the game of football is a contact sport and those who do not want to deal with contact should not play the game. It is obvious that the commissioner is making an example of the entire saints organization. However, Brees will rally the troops for the upcoming season and will have a big grin on his face when Roger hands him the Lambardi Trophy!

  4. Owen moore says:

    Dear all saints fans

    Despite the despair of what is happening. This is just a bump in the road to our long legacy of fame whith our football greats leading the charge. Such as Johnathan Vilma,and an upcoming great Mark Ingram, and drew and Marques leading us into the intone of victory. We will return strong and stronger than ever.

  5. Rebecca Pere says:

    Suspended for a year? That is way harsh.
    Now I know that the world has lost their minds.
    I vote Sean Payton for President of U.S….

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