Wow, they got drilled. Bad timing for the the Saints to have this come to light at a time when the league is focusing on player safety. Goodell obviously wanted to send a message and he's clearly not messing around on this.
QUOTE Originally Posted by Messier-11: what a joke. all former players laugh at this bounty stuff for the most part. Its been part of the game forever. Not sure the saints deserve this kind of punishment for such a common practice
Then consider it punishment for being morons. They were given strict instructions to stop it and they know how cut throat the Commish is. Serves 'em right for being idiots.
Personally, the money doesn't mean dick. They all can afford it. 1 year without a coach.....not that big of a deal....they will survive. I would have preferred they take their 2012 and 2013 FIRST round picks. That's what hits home.
Payton suspended 1 yr w/o pay - $6 mil
GM Loomis suspended 8 games w/o pay - guessing $500K
Saints assist. HC Vitt for 6 games w/o pay - guessing $200k
Rams DC Williams suspended indef, min 1 yr, w/o pay - guessing $500K. Wouldn't be surprise if Fisher parts way w/ him now too.
Saints fined $500K, loses 2012 and 2013 2nd rd picks.
There will also be players suspensions as this part is still under investigation.
This has complete NFL statement...
It's pretty damning for Payton, Williams, and Vitt - They lied/misled/fabricated the truth to league when 1st asked about it in 2010 and that's a NO-NO boys. I bet this played large part in putting the hammer down.
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