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

by at . Comments

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.

Sean Payton

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?

Tags: ,