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Louisiana Legislature Wants NFL to Look Again at Saints Penalties

The Legislature wants the NFL reconsider the sanctions it imposed on the Saints, its coaches and players in the wake of the bounty scandal according to Ed Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

On a 28-1 vote, the Senate passed House Concurrent Resolution 50 by Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Jefferson. The resolution passed the House without objection March 23rd.

Henry’s resolution urges the league to reconsider the penalties imposed, including a one-year suspension for head coach Sean Payton and fines for a handful of current and former players who allegedly took part in a system in which cash bonuses were paid for big hits on opponents. The sanctions also include a six-week suspension for assistant coach Joe Vitt, and an eight-week suspension for General Manager Mickey Loomis.

The franchise was slapped with a fine of $500,000.

“There is widespread public opinion throughout the state of Louisiana and beyond that the penalties imposed upon the Saints are too harsh and should be reconsidered,” the resolution says.

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