The NFL has doled out the punishments pertaining to the bounty program the New Orleans Saints had in place that rewarded players for injuring opposing players. Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, has been suspended without pay indefinitely. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year. The suspension will cost Payton $7.5 million in lost salary. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis was given an eight-game suspension, while assistant head coach Joe Vitt was given a six-game suspension.
The Saints organization was also fined $500,00 and will lose their 2012 and 2013 second-round draft picks.
It’s unclear who will be running things for the Saints while these suspensions are being served. They would be in a better situation if they just fired Loomis and Payton and hired a new general manager and head coach. I imagine they would still be on the hook for their salaries, but that’s what lawyers are for. Considering the damage these men have done to the Saints, it could be easily argued that early termination for more than justified.
By administering such severe punishments, it’s clear NFL commissioner Roger Goodell isn’t fooling around here. Now he needs to look at a few other organizations who have had similar bounty systems in place, for instance, the Baltimore Ravens. Goodell is smoking crack if he thinks paying players to hurt opposing players is solely a New Orleans thing.