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Payton, Benson meeting with Goodell on Monday

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Saints coach Sean Payton and owner Tom Benson have extended their stay in New York.  And they’re not doing it to second-act Jersey Boys.

Steve Wyche of NFL Network reports that Payton and Benson met with the league over the weekend, and that Payton and Benson are meeting with Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFL security on Monday.

Many expect Payton to be suspended by the league, given that he knew about the bounty system and did nothing to stop it.  Benson faces no discipline, because the league has concluded he knew nothing about the bounties.  However, the Saints face fines and the loss of draft picks.

The league has determined that the Saints violated the league’s bounty rules for three years.  No timetable has been set for a final decision on punishment.  On Sunday, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Rams expect a decision within a week.

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24 Responses to “Payton, Benson meeting with Goodell on Monday”
  1. ampats says: Mar 12, 2012 2:03 PM

    Was this picture taken outside NFL offices after Goodell told Benson that Payton would be suspended for 6 games? Looks like a touching goodbye embrace.

  2. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:05 PM

    Goodell only shows young black athletes his iron fists. Saints will get a slap on the wrist….watch.

  3. nineroutsider says: Mar 12, 2012 2:08 PM

    Hope they brought their knee pads…

  4. zn0rseman says: Mar 12, 2012 2:09 PM

    For Sale: A Lombardi trophy stolen from Minnesota.
    Permanent place in history as NFL Champions.

    Cost: Short suspension, a couple of draft picks, and some cash for bounties, fines and the bribing of officials.

  5. skito13 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:10 PM

    Get it over and put a rule in the books….they knew its been happening for YEARS but, never addressed it

  6. eastsideballa says: Mar 12, 2012 2:10 PM

    If I’m Roger Goodell:
    Gregg Williams-Suspended indefinitely.
    Sean Payton-Suspended indefinitely.
    These guys have had a hand in ending some guys’ careers so its only fair to end theirs. Allahu Akbar.

  7. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:11 PM

    Since they don’t have any first round picks this year anyway, take away the franchise tag so another team can sign their “very good” quarterback.

  8. fwippel says: Mar 12, 2012 2:16 PM

    The Saints shouldn’t just lose those draft picks. Those draft picks should be given to the teams most directly affected by the bounties.

    There is already solid evidence that this affected two playoff games; start with those, and keep on handing the picks over until all affected teams have been compensated.

  9. jcaro5566 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:16 PM

    I think the Redskin’s should also lose at least a 1st round pick because it went on their just as long.

    That’s probably why they pulled the trigger on the trade so early.

  10. jcaro5566 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:17 PM

    I think the Redskin’s should also lose at least a 1st round pick because it went on there just as long.

    That’s probably why they pulled the trigger on the trade so early.

  11. 7ransponder says: Mar 12, 2012 2:21 PM

    Trying to make sure they don’t affect their competitiveness completely defeats the point – if the league protects their competitiveness and all they have to do is weather suspension storms, then there really is no loss. You HAVE to take away draft picks to send a message.

  12. noeffinway says: Mar 12, 2012 2:21 PM

    What about the KC tampering decision? That one getting brushed under the carpet?

  13. bcstarks13 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    I think the teams guilty of the bounty program should automatically lose their first round pick. It wasn’t too long ago that GW was the defensive coordinator for the Skins. So I’m wondering how this trade between the Rams and Skins goes through when the investigation isn’t completely finished. It’s already bad enough the NFL has been transformed to flag football due to the current tackling rules. What’s Goodell doing?!

  14. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 12, 2012 2:31 PM

    “The league has determined that the Saints violated the league’s bounty rules for three years.”

    A suspension for each year on the violation SHOULD be in order, and fair.

  15. hallcyon says: Mar 12, 2012 3:05 PM

    The Saints trying to scapegoat everything of this criminal matter entirely on to Gregg Williams is absurd, dishonest and morally repugnant. Williams will get what is coming to him, and he deserves such, so does Benson, Loomis, Payton, Vitt, Vilma and anyone else involved. This organization has no class. It is said the buck stops here at the top, and for Benson to walk away from this unscathed will show only that the NFL does indeed look the other way. If the NFL is to be fair in laying down penalties to those involved, then start at the top of the Saints organization, and every owner will take note that this behavior will not be tolerated. Owners run these teams and to act as if they have no responsibility is an act of imbecility. There is so much more under the surface of this shady organization. And to any who doubt me, all I have to say is -Mike Ornstein, the convicted felon, off the books employee of the Saints who defrauded the NFL and is a part of various violations year after year. I can’t think of a club in more violations and being dishonest to the league – ever. NBA Commisior David Stern suspended owner Glen Taylor of the Timberwolves for violating contract procedure and the CBA – along with then GM Kevin McHale for one year, banning them from even attending games, along with taking away three first round picks, then what of the Saints? Surely the Saints did far worse than the Timberwolves, Ornstein proves that much already.

  16. kirkbelmont11 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:10 PM

    All these Payton Peyton posts are confusing!

  17. fusion3450 says: Mar 12, 2012 3:53 PM

    some of you people’s opinions are ridiculous. all this “if i were goodell, i would do this and i would do that”. well you’re not in charge. what if it were your team? this is a completely media-fueled story. they did not CHEAT.and yea i’m a saints fan. yes i agree there should be a penalty if they did not stop after being told to but there was no cheating. the hit on warner just bugs the hell out of me to hear it was dirty. you all know it was a clean hit and there is not a defender in the league that wouldn’t have taken that opportunity. they weren’t doing anything different for extra money they wouldn’t have done anyway. don’t you think a superbowl birth is motivation enough?

  18. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 12, 2012 4:09 PM

    Tom Benson looks like he has the right arm of a girl.

  19. jus10jonez says: Mar 12, 2012 4:14 PM

    @skito13 – there are rules in place for what the saints did. The money “earned” from the bounties specifically breaks rules of money earned outside of whats in their contracts. And the intent to injure opposing players, well that’s a rule called ASSAULT and is punishable by incarceration. Intent to injure is assault in any other line of work, so it should be in the NFL as well. I don’t care how physical and violent the game is, nobody walks out on the field thinking another guy is trying to maliciously injure him. Take him out of the game? Yes. Injure and possibly end his career? No.

  20. prrebel says: Mar 12, 2012 4:30 PM

    There is already solid evidence that this affected two playoff games; start with those, and keep on handing the picks over until all affected teams have been compensated.
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    Where’s the evidence??? No evidence was or has been presented of this!!!!

    __________________________________

    The Saints trying to scapegoat everything of this criminal matter entirely on to Gregg Williams is absurd, dishonest and morally repugnant.

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    Williams admitted this himself, Saints have not made him the scapegoat. As a matter of fact, Williams said he was guilty of pay for performance, it’s the media who came up with the term bounty.

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    As usual, there are people on here who post that have no effing clue as to what they are talking about and use the term “proof” when none has been admitted by the NFL itself and the players that were hit, ie, Kurt Warner and Brett Favre have both said that hits were clean and being hit was all part of football. If some of you clowns want to say the Saints cheated and the NFL wanted them to win the Superbowl, better understand that their teams had to be involved too. There’s a big difference between point shaving and allowing a team to win, in case some of you legal geniuses decide to use the point shaving argument that the other team does not have to be involved!!

  21. fixedgame says: Mar 12, 2012 5:24 PM

    Cost: Short suspension, a couple of draft picks, and some cash for bounties, fines and the bribing of officials.

    This says it all What fix.

  22. turbodog1027 says: Mar 12, 2012 5:36 PM

    BREAKING NEWS – Bounty System is alive and well in High School and College Football!!

    Per Wikipedia—
    Helmet stickers, also known as reward decals and pride stickers, are stickers that are affixed to a high school or college football player’s helmet. They can denote either individual or team accomplishments.

    The practice of awarding helmet stickers is often credited to Ernie Biggs, trainer at Ohio State University under legendary coach, Woody Hayes. But as recently shown on ESPN, the practice of awarding stickers has been credited to Jim Young (American football coach), former assistant coach at Ohio’s Miami University in 1965, two years before they were used at Ohio State.

    The stickers stem from fighter pilots marking their planes with stickers after KILLS and/or successful missions.

  23. veetan says: Mar 12, 2012 9:03 PM

    Gosh Almighty! How long can we keep enjoying this? It’s been two years, and Vikes fans STILL don’t get it. They lost because the Saints won the kicking game and the turnover battle. You can make the case the Vikes beat themselves when Bret threw that ridiculous INT at the end of regulation, but that was his own fault. The bounties meant nothing. The Saints were gonna pound the ever-loving crap out of the old man anyway. And it worked! So keep on crying and whining because the rest of us just can’t get enough of it. THANK YOU!!!!

  24. vtopa says: Mar 13, 2012 12:31 AM

    Viqueeens still whining. Hilarious.

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