Sean Payton Suspended 1 Year For Role In Bounty Program

(CBS) New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended a full year without pay due to his involvement in the team’s bounty program.

Meanwhile, former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (now with the Rams) was suspended indefinitely and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended eight games. Williams’ suspension will be reevaluated after the 2012 season.

“We have given your requests careful consideration, and have concluded that there is no basis for delaying the imposition of any discipline in this matter, and particularly not as it may apply to a club or any non-player employee of a club,” NFL attorney Jeff Pash wrote in the letter to union general counsel Richard Berthelsen. “Any disciplinary action affecting any player would be imposed only in a manner consistent with our Collective Bargaining Agreement. As you know, the sole authority to investigate and impose discipline in this matter rests with the Commissioner.”

The NFL’s investigation into ordeal revealed that Saints players received $1,500 for a “knockout” hit and $1,000 for a “cart-off” hit, with payouts doubling or tripling during the team’s three playoff appearances.

Payton’s suspension will be begin April 1.


  • Meatless Meatball

    So Sean Payton gets a year suspension for… what, exactly? Not the bounties — the Saints are most likely not the only team that performs this. No, Payton got a year suspension for getting caught. This is a stupid, reactionary move by the NFL that puts the league in conflict with itself. Football is a violent game. It carries with it a violent mindset. If that bothers you, turn off the TV, stop reading the papers, and ignore it until it ultimately goes away, as so many other major professional leagues have (hello, XFL and USFL).

    • JJ

      Hmm– I would think the bounties would be MORE like the XFL. Besides why do you need extra money to do your job anyway. These people are professional athletes. They should perform per their contracts and get paid accordingly. If everybody does this why not just put it in the contracts then?

  • Spoon

    The fact that there was external money flowing into this system most likely seriously upped the punishment.

  • Bill

    I disagree with those who think that these bounties are only part of the game. I have played in a full contact sport for a few years and I can tell you that yes, we make it a point to produce the contact, and no, I would never, ever want the other player to be hurt because of my playing. I don’t want myself to be hurt. It is one thing tto inflict the contact, but it is entirely enother thing to want the end result to be brain damage or other damage to their bodies. To inflict injuries is not the object of the game! I think that this is the right message to send.

  • Howcho

    Wow, stiff sentence. So what does NO do for a coach this year? Or am I missing something? First one to say ‘brain’ wins.

  • Howcho

    And where are the damn podcasts today? Where the hell is McNeil?

  • Shutterfly Simmons

    This is nothing but a precedent so that no other team does this again, bet more then a few coaches would second guess this apparently rampant system throughout the entire NFL if their team was running one. Done and done and I personally couldn’t be happier that this happened to the Taints.

  • Dan Rakow

    Carolina Panthers is My favorite NFC South Team and My dream is to win the divison and I was really looking forward to challening the Saints and this is the last thing I wanted to see in New Orleans with the Bounty Scandal and their Head Coach Sean Payton being suspended for a year.

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