Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints Head Coach, Suspended One Year for Bounty-Gate

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The NFL has suspended New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton for one year without pay.

The harsh penalty comes down a few weeks after it was revealed that Payton's team conducted its own "bounty" program on defense in 2009, as players pooled their own money and awarded one another for leveling such fierce, often illegal hits that opponents would be carted off the field.

The Saints also lost two second round draft picks and Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator at the time, has been suspended indefinitely from his new job with the Rams.

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Said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement:

"We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game. We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised."

What do you think of Payton's punishment?

 

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SMDH.....

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Why is this dude Roger Goodell both judge and jury. Is not NFL football pre established as a contact sport. No intent to cause injury is not acceptable but nor is this one man judge/jury, Goodell, either. He has destroyed the Saints team in a instant in his decision making. Do not the NFL players play for money. They are not out there (for the fun of it). The fans pay Goodell's salary too.....maybe there needs to be some changes and pull him from his "untouchable" throne....the Saints fans need to raise hell about this unfair rulership at the top and let the rooster rule the roost. We at least need a second call from a different judge. I am a proud New Orleans Saints fan and thinks very highly of my team.

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its truly a shame that the saints coach have to pay for something the nfl, nhl,nba and even pitchers in baseball have been doing like forever, the players have they little thing going not the coach. hey we don't pay our hard earn dollars to see touch football, we pay to see vince lombardo game. let the wussies sit own the sidelines pay them minimun wages ans let the rest of us get ready for some FOOTBALL

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Curious, since it was the players creating the pool and the players doing the dirty hits on purpose, what was their penalty?? I'm sure they were all suspended for a year without pay as well.....

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Shame that Payton is not Black! Then we could file Discrimination and scream - RACISM!