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Sean Payton stunned by suspension: “I’m not OK”

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Saints coach Sean Payton was shocked to find out today that he has been banished from the NFL for the entire 2012 season for his team’s bounty scandal.

Jay Glazer said on NFL Network that he interviewed Payton immediately after the news came down, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s punishment is far more severe than Payton was expecting.

“I did talk to him and he’s stunned to say the least,” Glazer said. “I think the entire team thought maybe there’d be a four-game suspension, but not a year. I said, ‘Are you OK?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not OK.’ He is stunned. He’s going to lose about $8 million. He is beside himself here.”

Glazer reports that Payton’s plan for the four-game suspension he had braced himself for was to have assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt take over as interim head coach while Payton served the suspension. But that plan is now out the window because Vitt has been suspended six games for his own role in the bounty scandal.

The Saints may now have either offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael or former Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo, who was slated to replace Gregg Williams as defensive coordinator, step in as the head coach.

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363 Responses to “Sean Payton stunned by suspension: “I’m not OK””
  1. jbowman374 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Poor guy.

  2. dnnsm30 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Am I right that Brees has not signed his Franchise tender yet? Brees to Miami? Anyone?

  3. hairpie says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Thats what you get for organizing a CHEATING ring.

  4. damnyoulinelliot says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Yeah well, you should’ve stopped it when it was going on, Payton.

    Mess with the bull, you get the horns, buddy.

  5. pfii63 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Wah. No sympathy here. Saints well within their rights to fire him now.

  6. axespray says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    ironic that the vikings would have probably won the superbowl if Brad Childress were suspended the whole year in 2009.

  7. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    Absolutly ridiculous! A whole year is going overboard.

  8. santolonius says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    it’s supposed to hurt.

  9. giants56 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    Sean is FLABBERGASTED!

  10. pellucov68 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    Drew Brees is not feeling OK at this moment either, just a hunch.

  11. bearsstillsuck says: Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM

    I bet Brett Favre is ok with it.

  12. 69jaredallen69 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    Cry me a river…you put a lot of people in harms way and ruined integrity of the game. I am playing worlds smallest violin just for you!

  13. plum13sec says: Mar 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    Reap what you sow. It is explicitly against the rules. I got a cannabis poss. in highschool and now cannot join the military now; I accept that. Reap what I sow

  14. firstpitchslam says: Mar 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    This puts Spygate into perspective: parking in a no-parking zone or lying about your golf game.

  15. dnasby says: Mar 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    Thats what your smug ass gets for stealing my Vikes superbowl.

  16. neovenator250 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    Its not cheating you idiot. It’s illegal, but in no way is it cheating. This suspension is pretty long though. 8 games would have been enough

  17. glocker7 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    HAHA finally got what you deserved. Saints are a bunch of cheaters and should have the Super Bowl stripped from them. If no bounty program existed it may have been Farve and the Vikings in the Super Bowl. Seriously watch he NFC Championship film

  18. khennigan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    And you thought the Patriots “Spygate” penalty looked like a slap on the wrist then…

  19. rexismybff says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    Bill Belichick thinks Payton’s suspension was not long enough.

  20. jparf says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    Ask Brett Favre and Kurt Warner if they’re ok.

  21. rajbais says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    He deserved a suspension, but 1 year????!!!!!!

    The Saints were bad without him on the sidelines!!!!

    How far can they fall with him gone for 1 year??????

  22. vicktator says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    If this happened in New England, we know Goodell would have been much more lenient.

  23. cowboysaretheworst says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Tough, but fair.

    Go to your room and think about what you’ve done Sean.

  24. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Are you kidding me? Even half of a season would have been sufficient. Why hasn’t James Harrison been suspended a season?

  25. aschwartz2011 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    They would probably be better off letting Brees as a player/coach than Spags. He showed he could organize a team during the lock-out. Not going to be a great situation either way.

    All I can say is that it is a good day to be a Bucs fan. Still the bottom of the division, but the top doesn’t look as high anymore.

  26. northernwisc says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    So when aer we going to find out what the players who participated in this are going to be suspended for……..

  27. jasku880 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Fail

  28. ampats says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Looks like the streak will continue that never has a city that hosted a Super Bowl had its own team in the game.

  29. rosieoutlook says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    It better happen to every team out there. They should all be investigated since others have already owned up to doing the exact same thing.

  30. vondoom92 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    I love how hes like “no im not okay. Bout to lose 8 million.” LOL

  31. davidpcoelho says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Lawyers at 5 paces

  32. dpndots says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Sorry to hear that

    -bill belichick

  33. dachozen1 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Goodell is such a punk. No! I am not a Saints fan.

  34. darkerdaze says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Paying someone to hit someone harder = suspension for a year.
    Having a spy film the other teams practices = loss of draft pick.

    hmmmmm….

  35. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    What can they do with Brees (and the draft) now that their HC and GM are suspended??

  36. upyoursnfu says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    But video tape other teams practices and you get away Scott free.

  37. citizenstrange says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    I think part of this is a long overdue score settling for buying last bottle of Caymus Special Selection cabernet sauvignon at St. Elmo Steakhouse in Indy in 2010 knowing full well that it was Jerry Jones’ favorite wine and Jones would be there the next night.

    Uncool bro.

  38. chocolatebaconbutter says: Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Stevie Spags was quoted “we straight.”

  39. ecupatsfan12 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    I agree with this, but why didnt Williams get the same punishment. All three of them had an equal hand in this. They all deserve the same punishment.

  40. harness88 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Cry me a river your lucky to even coach in the N.F.L again losers!

  41. stv1719 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Wow and the Patriots only lost a few draft picks for cheating, knowing what play the defense is running is a little bit more extreme, especially since it was done in the superbowl. Goodell is a goon that is definitely all about lining his pockets

  42. dayumyou says: Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    Ha Ha Ha at the Aint’s!!!

    Go cry now about how unfairly u all r being treated….Boo Hoo Hoo!!!!

  43. dohpey28 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Enjoy the vacay Sean.

  44. nutriraider says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    That way you learn!!

  45. cobrala2 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    Drew, hold out, bud – you deserve a MUCH better organization.

    Sean, $8M would buy so much Vicodin…

    Spagz, you thought you made the (big) easy choice… now you fully-appreciate the importance of the character of an organization. If you bled green, you would’ve been better off.

  46. smartanis says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    I guess the only thing worse than video taping an opposing team’s Super Bowl walkthrough is paying your players on the side to make big hits.

  47. djeter220 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    @ hairpie: would you really describe this as a cheating ring?

  48. nineroutsider says: Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM

    On the bright side, his leg well be beyond full recovery in 2013. He can get a nice tan too.

    Poor guy…concerned with all those millions, but nothing about his team winning games.

    Spags gets another chance to show off his HC abilities…good for him, I like Spags.

  49. stv1719 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    I am really angry right now this kind of stuff really ps me off Goodell needs to step down or else there may be a fan revolt. Not a saints fan

  50. blahblahblah333 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    Tiki is hopelessly still flabbergasted.

  51. packattack1967 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    A little arrogant Id say. You still think youre above the rules, they dont apply to you. Whats worse is you and the others cant distinguish between right and wrong. The AINTS are back.

  52. biggerballz says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    wow this jack@ss thought he would get off with only 4 games? Wow this guy has an ego, hey douche you were the head of a scheme to hurt players for bounty and lied about it. You’re lucky it’s only a year.

  53. whenharrywetsally says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    Can the NFL Network hire Payton as an analyst now for their shows???

  54. citynative says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    More stunned by this or Alex Smith leading last minute drives against him in the playoffs?………………twice.

  55. westclaims says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    This is great. Loving every minute of it.

  56. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    nfl version of death penalty

  57. truthfactory says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    Belichik gets 0 games for cheating, getting a huge competitive advantage, and winning 3 SBs while doing it while Payton gets an entire year because his players were aggressively hitting players and potentially trying to knock them out of the game? Doesnt every defense do that whether they were paid extra to or not?

    I get the punishment, but dont understand the inconsistancies

  58. weepingjebus says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    Madness at Saints HQ. Overturned cars in the lot, people on fire running through the halls, lights dimming from energy drain due to all the shredders in operation.

    Should be a fun season.

  59. leftcoastnative says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    Sean has been playing with fire for years (stealing 80 vicodine tabs & caught on tape) and has been living on the edge morally and socially, and now he is getting torched by the fires he originally set. His wife took the kids and went back to Dallas last year for the obvious reason, but Sean still did not sit up and take notice, and now he is oging to pay dearly for his crimes.

    Good job by Goodell because of the integrity of the game was at stake, and with all of the issues about player safety and pending litigation, the commish had to come down hard and send the message.

  60. Neftali Ramos says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Wow!!!! Goodell isn’t playing man! The Saints had better sign Brees now because they’re gonna need all the help they can get!

  61. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Tough Payton you are now the 1st to be named to the Taints new “RING OF CHEATERS” The will hang your banner high in the rafters of all other NFL Venues! You do know that because of this, the Taints players, everyone of them now have an unbounty on their heads don’t you? Payback it’s a b%&^$%tch. AND It’s coming to a field you won’t be at, but you’ll see it baby!

  62. ispysomething7 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Tebow….. Jets bound!

  63. broncobrewer says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    I would not be surprised if the saints fight this bc this just shows how inconsistent goodell is. With spygate belick got a slap on the wrist. Then when mcdaniels did it he got a slap on a finger.
    Plus players have been saying this has been going on for years. Godell is and idiot. He’s destroying the game.

  64. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    At least Payton has a Superbowl trophy to ease him through it. The Vikings have nothing.

  65. ja141762 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Too bad nobody caught Sean’s initial reaction after receiving the news. I bet it was priceless.

  66. barbeaux says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    As a Saints fan…..wow. Well, they got what they deserved. That bounty system sounded stupid and childish. I wonder if this will make Bree’s walk away?

  67. onlineinsite says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    I’m glad to see the league take this seriously. I suspect Payton’s association with felons such as Ornstein and allowing people like that to contribute large sums and to orchestrate such a program with Payton’s knowledge was the dagger. Payton got what he deserved – suck it up man. Wonder if this will affect what Brees decides to do?

  68. rexismybff says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    Richard Seymour punches QB in face after play is over = $25,000, no suspension

    Sean Payton lets his D-coordinator pay guys for hard hits = $8 million, 1 year suspension

    The lesson? Don’t hit the guys hard between the whistles. Just punch them in the face after the play is over!!

  69. thesportgenius says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    SP & GW are 1st class D Bags…good riddance. Sorry for the Saints Fans though.

  70. schmitty2 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    In a follow up story Mike Smith, Ron Rivera, and Greg Schiano will be hosting a “We might now have a chance in hell of winning the division” party

  71. bronco1991 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    I wonder if goodell was payed to hit Payton so hard

  72. laeaglefan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    Ah, so that’s why Spagnuolo chose the Saints over the Eagles. He figured that this was going to happen and figured he’d be in line to take over as Head Coach while Payton is suspended. If he wins a Super Bowl in the process, they’re not likely to demote him back to Defensive Coordinator, are they?

  73. catquick says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    Greg Williams should get a lifetimeX2 suspension, in case he dies and comes back!

  74. suicidalionsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    aschwartz2011
    Brees coach team ? Are you freaking kidding me ?? Brees should be suspended as well. He is the team captain, isn’t he, and full well knew what was going on.

  75. steviaquinn says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    Who dat?

    Who Dat gonna coach dem Saints!!

  76. defswitch says: Mar 21, 2012 1:40 PM

    Thats it?

  77. mediasloppy says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    axespray says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:30 PM
    ironic that the vikings would have probably won the superbowl if Brad Childress were suspended the whole year in 2009.
    ——-
    ironic that they would have with the bald eagle if not for this bounty hunting…

  78. adkfootballfan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    And, somewhere – Bill Belichick is smiling…

  79. zaggs says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    Well what your team did was “No OK”. Presiding over a team that was paying players to take other players out of the game? Payton should be happy he gets to return.

  80. 3octaveFart says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    So where’s the cash fines?

  81. maxvain says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    Very strong message, clearly no coach will condone anything like this again….

    Buts its amazing how NFL Films and current NFL programming glorifies this exact type of play with legendary teams of the past, and today guys are getting 1 yr suspensions!

    Jack Lambert, Decon Jones, Jack Tatum, Mean Joe Green, Dick Butkus!

  82. chrisvegas says: Mar 21, 2012 1:41 PM

    Just play by the rules. Is that to much to ask?

  83. mike8016 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    The Patriots got off easy for there Video taping fiasco.

  84. richardhurtz says: Mar 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    At least you won the Super Bowl in 2009 Sean. Most coaches would gladly give up a season for a Super Bowl win.

    As the old saying goes, if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying! All of the losers that attack guys like Sean Payton, Billichick, etc… are just pissed that their teams didn’t do enough to win.

    Enjoy the golf course Sean ….

  85. cardiovascularendurance says: Mar 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    Some of you guys need to read the full punishment list. The Saints lost their 2012 and 2013 2nd round picks in addition to the suspensions.

  86. dk56 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    Benson should man up and fire both Payton and Loomis.
    He would be sending a horrible message by bringing them back.

  87. newagerocker says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    I have never heard one good thing about Payton. I’ve heard him berate assistants over gum and he punched a cameraman for filming a huddle (which he was allowed to do).

  88. cgarsmoker says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    If the Saints had any Integrity, they’d fire the bum.

  89. thesportgenius says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Ta(strick)ints go marching home

  90. chase70 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    When you go back and watch the Saint’s and Vikings championship game, it really is evident they were taking cheap shots at Favre all day including the one that hurt his ankle. Yeah Payton is out for a year, but they still get the Superbowl trophy so for the Saints sadly it was worth it.

  91. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Comparing spygate to bountygate is just silly

  92. charliework says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    The Saints should look on the bright side. Maybe they could have a contest to let a fan coach the first six games while Vitt serves his suspension.

  93. shaggytoodle says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    He was shocked, but then remembered earlier this season when he accidently put a bounty on himself, and Jimmy Grahmn messed his knee up and found out how much that stinks.

  94. steviaquinn says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    My money is on Orstein being the rat. He comes back out of prison and wants to be back in the good graces of the NFL. The case mysteriously re-opens after it was dead. The NFL has his emails to SusPayton.

    Orney sold them out. Hes a scumbag

  95. packattack1967 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    truthfactory says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    Belichik gets 0 games for cheating, getting a huge competitive advantage, and winning 3 SBs while doing it while Payton gets an entire year because his players were aggressively hitting players and potentially trying to knock them out of the game? Doesnt every defense do that whether they were paid extra to or not?

    I get the punishment, but dont understand the inconsistancies
    *********************

    One has to do with wins and losses, the other has to do with altering peoples lives….get it now????

  96. dpndots says: Mar 21, 2012 1:43 PM

    Coach pay me an $8 million bonus unless you want to be suspended like Mr. Payton.

    -suh and harrison

  97. pgui88 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    I would sue the living ___ out of the NFL. Not to win which won’t happen, just to keep them occupied. But in the long run, Spags and Carmichael can just run the playbook. Not a huge loss.

  98. vikesandravens78 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    Tough crap. You made your bed, now lay in it.

  99. egonpeon says: Mar 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    I don’t care what any one says, when you watch that Favre Killfest the Saints put on then you understand this is to little to late.

  100. mataug says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    I said, ‘Are you OK?’ And he said, ‘No, I’m not OK.’
    I lol-ed :)

  101. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    You know what I get when I lie during an investigation by my company? I get fired…forever! Not just 12 months, but forever. Be happy Payton!

  102. mvp43 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    You made the bed, now you have to sleep in it.

  103. tundey says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    OK I think Goodell has officially gone power crazy. A full year suspension is way just plain stupid. I don’t agree with bounties but this is not like inciting choirboys to violence. These are grown men playing a violent sport. Sure handing out cash in envelopes looks bad but what about all the incentives laden contracts for defensive players?

  104. boiler72 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:45 PM

    The Green Bay Packers and their fans, would like to thank Gregg Williams, for turning down the d-coordinator position in 2008, when McCarthy offered it to him.

    We thank you for your kind generosity. Apologies to Bears, Lions, and Vikings fans. LOL.

  105. gmen1987 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    Sean Payton got what he deserved. Perhaps this will send a message. Thank you God, not for Tim Tebow, but for Roger Goodell.

  106. briggsisbrokeagain says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    $8,000,000,000 loss, looks like it’s time to buy a lottery ticket like the rest of us. LOL

  107. radrntn says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    lets see…you cheat, and you pay a fine, and then have the league pay you back the amount you were fined by doing a documentry about yourself, that said nothing about cheating.

    coach a team where the entire league is about “bounty” where players are rewarded for hitting hard with huge signing bonuses and contract extensions, and you get suspended, because you are not a team on the east coast…

    NFL is the same as the ncaa

  108. petehemlock says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    I’m sure he’s pursing his lips.

  109. electionconfidential says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    I agree that Belichik should have been dealt with harshly too, but that doesn’t mean Payton was treated too harshly. I mean the league told them to knock it off and they kept going. Then these concussion lawsuits hit, so Payton deserves at least what he got. I think the franchise should have been hit harder too.

  110. tjacks7 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM
    Are you kidding me? Even half of a season would have been sufficient. Why hasn’t James Harrison been suspended a season?

     ———–

    You get more for premeditated murder than for manslaughter. You can’t go out with the intent to injure others, then get paid for it on top of it.

  111. portnoychunk says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    upyoursnfu says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    But video tape other teams practices and you get away Scott free.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Genius, the “practice taping” was an unfounded accusation printed in the Boston Herald….who later retracted the story as false. Pats NEVER taped practice and there was never any evidence they did. Belichik admitted to the game filming but vehemently denied taping practices. And the only thing the Pats did wrong was the SPOT where they taped from. Those signals can be seen by ANYONE on the sidelines or in the stands. Also – the Jets ratted out the Pats to the NFL to be vindictive because the Pats had removed the Jets video man from Gillette the previous season. He was doing the same thing, but the Pats didn’t report him to the NFL like the Jets did.

    In summary: Pats were punished severely for doing something anybody smart enough to decipher signals could do. Saints were punished more severely for potentially ending players careers for extra cash.

    We clear?

  112. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    Come on Sean, what did you expect for what you did? A jelly doughnut and a coffee with the Commish?

  113. hammerjacker says: Mar 21, 2012 1:46 PM

    Clearly, most of you are completely ignorant and clueless about what “Spygate” actually was.. Its not even worth the debate. For the record, BOTH of these incidents were blown out of proportion so Goodell could “make a point”. Having said that, of the two, yes, bountygate is far more severe, and it IS cheating.

  114. nunpuncher says: Mar 21, 2012 1:47 PM

    Look at the bright side Peyton…You can go on tour with your buddy Kenny Chesney.

  115. pack15forever says: Mar 21, 2012 1:47 PM

    That’s what you get for breaking the rules and looking the other way. Want to know who to blame? Go look in the mirror!

  116. magoopaintrock says: Mar 21, 2012 1:47 PM

    Let this be a lesson to the NFL: If you want to make hard, clean hits on D, it better be just for your regular salary and not for extra bonus money.

  117. patsfiend says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    vicktator says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM
    If this happened in New England, we know Goodell would have been much more lenient.
    ———-
    Bullsh!t… if this happened in New England, it would have been worse, there would have been a national outcry from the media and senators, a class-action lawsuit from Jets fans, and Belichick would have gotten the hammer big time.

    AND, Kraft would have long ago issued statements and made pre-moves, probably letting Belichick go, even before the fines came out. Kraft is a man of integrity.

    AND, Belichick, for all his needling of the NFL and Goodell, and for all his pushing the rules to the limits to try and win games would never, ever, in 100 years support a “bounty” system with the intent to INJURE opposing QB’s. Do you think for one second that the Pats would ever put something like this out for Peyton Manning? Do you think Tedy Bruschi would have put into that pool?

    You are a blind Patriots hater, like most of the rest.

  118. orbearider66 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    So … a year without the pompous visored scowl on the sidelines? I just had to check to make sure it’s not Christmas because that is a great present.

    I feel bad for his kid’s pee wee football team … ’cause that’s the only coaching he’ll be doing.

  119. smackingfools says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    WAY to harsh! A year is way to much.

  120. eaglebobby says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    All of you posters crying about Goodell–what did you expect? He’s paid by the owners and he is the judge/jury/executioner–everyone knows that. His legacy is to make the game safer for the players. Hard to do that when you have coaches paying their players to intentionally injure the opposition.

    And for all of those who are posting, “all the teams do it”–all the other teams admit to giving bounties for ints, fumbles, sacks–not for intentionally injuring players.

    And Gregg Williams got an indefinite suspension once it came to light that wherever he coached, it went on.

    As far as Payton goes, he failed as a supervisor and a manager. If he can’t control his assistants’ actions, he has no place being in charge of an organization.

  121. theysone says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    Couldn’t have happened to a better person and a classier fan base. Wonder if he’ll be the same smug POS when he’s back from his suspension.

    Who dat?

  122. radrntn says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    smartanis says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM
    I guess the only thing worse than video taping an opposing team’s Super Bowl walkthrough is paying your players on the side to make big hits
    —————————————–

    it appears it’s far worse then cheating with film, or cheating on the salary cap like the broncos and niners did

  123. sanzarq says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    Payton and every other coach involved in this disgraceful enterprise should have been BANNED FOR LIFE. Is what he allowed to happen “Professional”? Hell no!!

    Unfortunately he can return after a year. Well, in my opinion, in addition to foregoing his salary of $8million this season, he should pay a FINE of at least that much, if not more.

    Payton & his ilk are POND scum.

  124. benchmcnabb says: Mar 21, 2012 1:48 PM

    Wish Rodger would have come down hard on the Refs in that Saints Vikings game they in on it too.

  125. gavinmac says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    If you read numbered paragraphs 10 and 11 of the NFL’s statement, it’s clear that one of the reasons for the harsh punishment against Payton is that the league thinks Payton is still lying about his supposed lack of knowledge of the program.

    Even as others have come clean about the program and Payton’s knowledge of it, Payton continues to deny knowledge. That’s not good.

  126. marissa227 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    Imagine paytons wife now…. “i told you not to hire him”!!!!!!! Williams cost mrs.payton $8,250,000.00… lol… the punishment will expire… the i told you so…. wont…lol

  127. skinssweepgmen says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    Goodell will now get $1500 for knocking Payton out of the game.

  128. portnoychunk says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    truthfactory says: Mar 21, 2012 1:38 PM

    Belichik gets 0 games for cheating, getting a huge competitive advantage, and winning 3 SBs while doing it while Payton gets an entire year because his players were aggressively hitting players and potentially trying to knock them out of the game? Doesnt every defense do that whether they were paid extra to or not?

    I get the punishment, but dont understand the inconsistancies

    ^^^^^^^^^

    That’s because you’re slow. Belichiks practice was the same that many other teams employed. It was simply a streamlined way to try to decipher signals…which any chump with a camera or standing on the sideline can try to do if he’s smart enough. He wasn’t punished more severely because it wasn’t “cheating”…it was a molehill made into a mountain by the media…..much like “Bountygate.” This is the power the media has. Take your medicine and quit whining.

  129. chiefsandhawkeyes85 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    They should just trade Brees to the Browns for their 2 first rounders this year and their second this year and next year. I would be like they didn’t lose any draft picks. They’d have to find a new QB of course, but I think this year might be a bit of a loss for them anyway.

  130. jr82632 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    The fuse has been lit in New Orleans, now lets stand back and watch it explode.

  131. bmceh says: Mar 21, 2012 1:49 PM

    The Saints will go 2-14. Drew Brees will be next years FA Peyton Manning. Matt Barkley will be Andrew Luck.
    It’ll be another fun offseason in 2013.

  132. skippynj says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    How to destroy a franchise-suspend the HC and the GM and take away key draft picks. Saints are screwed for the near future. No wonder they haven’t signed Drew. Great job Roger. If I were you I wouldn’t go to the Super Bowl this year.

  133. zfreak666 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Seems a bit over the top considering other stuff that has happened with little or no punishment.

  134. eznark says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Of course he isn’t ok. Where the heck is he going to score Vicodin now??

  135. wearshades88 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    @dnnsm30

    The tag New Orleans put on Brees is the exclusive franchise tag. No other team can even negotiate with Brees.

  136. crindal3000 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Who dat?

  137. fastslappy says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    “OMG I’m outta 5 mil … OH No OH NOOOOOO…darn I was expected a simple slap on Da wrist ”
    Sean You are a IDIOT !!!
    might as well place an asterisk next to your Super Win ………
    you now are the Barry Bonds of the NFL
    L O L !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    there may have been cheating on other teams BUT a Bounty ?? Sean can you SAY;Idiot ..? enjoy your Stay-@-Home Vacation ! apply 4 welfare now !

  138. tank732 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    hairpie says: Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Thats what you get for organizing a CHEATING ring.

    A bounty system is not like a performance enhancing substance so I doubt it helped them win a Superbowl. But good attempt at being clever, how’s that working out for you?

  139. packerpride03 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:50 PM

    Haha can’t happen to a better scab

  140. jason1980 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    Saints will be fine, let the haters get it off their chests. Geaux SAINTS!!! I see another Lombardi Trophy THIS season for us.

  141. fritz1218 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    Payton and Williams wanted to be in Green Bay when the job was open a few years back. This make’s Ted Thompson’s decisions look better every day!!!!

  142. nyjetsfan08 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    Not harsh enough. The NFL should’ve fined the Saints far more than 500K AND, the ultimate punishment, prohibit Drew Brees from wearing a Saints jersey forever — set the franchise back. That would’ve been a real lesson.

  143. sfsaintsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    This is crazy.

    How many of the hits were ILLEGAL hits and how many of the hits were just hard played football?

    And enough with the stupid Vikings Fans. Brees was hit late in that game also, he was hit with high low hits also. Your team still has not won a Super Bowl and Never Will……

  144. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    “neovenator250 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM
    Its not cheating you idiot. It’s illegal, but in no way is it cheating. ”

    Uh, you’re the one making mentally deficient chipmunks look smart. Trying to use semantics to claim your team wasn’t doing what it was doing doesn’t change the facts that the Saints cheated and they did so in a disgusting way that ruined players seasons and possibly careers

    It is indeed cheating to intentionally injure the other team’s players so they can’t compete on the same level they could before the injury, either due to limiting how the player can perform if he’s still in the game, or knocking him out of the game.

    It is far more despicable than anything else that has been classified as “cheating” and seen teams fined, docked draft picks etc in the past.

    And if you think this is bad, wait till the lawsuits from players that were injured by the Saints while the bounty program was in place. Especially anyone who might have had their career ended by the Saints. The financial awards they are likely to receive are far larger than the fine Goddell gave the Saints.

  145. pickleman77 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    I always thought Sean Payton looked like a smug little prick. The squinty eyes on the sideline..I am laughing in his beady little face right now. And all you Saints fans can get BENT! You got what you deserve! Ha Ha Ha Ha!!

  146. jesse1834 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:52 PM

    Come on Brees come to the Browns, we need a QB.

  147. bmoose71 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:52 PM

    Reports are surfacing that Goodell is currently seeking to collect his bounty dues for taking out an NFL head coach in his prime.

  148. eljefe9 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:52 PM

    If you think this doesn’t go on with every team in the NFL, you’re naive. This is totally ridiculous and I’m not a Saints fan.

  149. demo1984 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    All of you complaining must be the new generation that has never been held responsible for anything. The whole point of the penalty was to make sure there is never a bounty system ever put in place in the NFL ever again. With these suspensions and fines do you think there ever will be ???? Message recieved loud and clear Mr. Commish.

  150. gonzagylot00 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    Oh well,

    Maybe next time you should respect the health and wellness of the men, as in HUMAN BEINGS who make your job possible

    Maybe next time you shouldn’t game the salary cap by giving illegal payments “under the table”

    Maybe next time you shouldn’t try to undermine the nature of the game by gunning for a competitive advantage.

    What a jerk.

  151. fringetastic says: Mar 21, 2012 1:53 PM

    For all you people saying this penalty is only for running a bounty system, think about it again. A big part of the harshness is due to them a) lying about it and b) CONTINUING TO DO IT after being investigated.

    Stupidity should hurt.

  152. peopletrains says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    Goodell deserves credit for setting a tough precedent!

  153. chadman128 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    Let me start with I don’t like the Saints and I dislike the Patriots even more. BUT…. the Pats cheated by filming practices. I don’t like it and I thought they were to easy on them. The Saints were paying players to try and end guys careers. How in the world can you put the two things on the same level? This is well deserved. And it gets no press but the team was also in bed with Michael Ornstein who was helping fund the bounty program. For those that don’t know, Mr. Ornstein is a felon and convicted of defrauding the NFL. This thing stinks from top to bottom with the Saints. So please don’t whine and start bringing up the Pats in this thing.

  154. steelernationsparksjealousy says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    Lol, I’m not ok

  155. miriam45 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    I need to hear Payton say he’s sorry for what he did.

  156. smirk11 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    What the Saints did wasn’t “cheating”.

    The Patriots “cheated”.

    The Saints disobeyed the NFL.

    Big difference.

  157. wikidpissah says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    neovenator250 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:32 PM

    Its not cheating you idiot. It’s illegal, but in no way is it cheating. This suspension is pretty long though. 8 games would have been enough
    ————————————————
    From Wikipedia, “Cheating refers to immoral way of achieving a goal. It is generally used for the breaking of rules to gain advantage in a competitive situation.”

    Sounds pretty close to me.

    I think the severity of the penalty is due to Payton lying and denying all knowledge, followed by proof that he in fact did know about it and condoned it.

    He’s an excellent coach and has done a lot for the Saints, and the city of New Orleans. I hope he returns with great success next year.

  158. msmalone90 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    for anyone who thinks that greg williams didnt get equal punishment or something he is actually banned from coaching indefinitely. probably gonna end up being the pete rose of football.

  159. richardhurtz says: Mar 21, 2012 1:54 PM

    The NFL is becoming as corny and hypocritial as the NCAA. What’s next, are they going to “vacate” the Saints 2009 Super Bowl win?

    I would bet half the teams in the league were running some sort of formal or informal bounty system.The Saints just happened to get ratted out (most likely by some marginal player who was disgruntled) The NFL is becoming pussified!

  160. cowboycjn says: Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    Ok – got what you deserve – but keep head up high and the Saints will go to the playoffs this year. Show them its not the end of the world – beat em on the field. Saints will be back as a contender – they have talent.
    GEAUX SAINTS -you can do it!

  161. deathspiralx says: Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    You reap what you sow, Sean.

    Kudos to the comissioner.

  162. randygnyc says: Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    He should be indicted on federal RICO charges.

  163. mud5h0vel says: Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    Texans have been clearing cap space just for this reason…Brees to Texans!! lmao

    just jokes b4 y’all get nasty

  164. rtk23 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:55 PM

    There is no way the saints won’t still compensate Payton. They have to if they have any desire to keep him.
    I could care less about the saints, but this is just wrong. Goodall now has 3 teams he’s pssd off in the last week. Hope they all take nfl to court.

    A year off in exchange for a sb trophy? Good deal!

  165. zn0rseman says: Mar 21, 2012 1:56 PM

    Slap on the wrist.

    No draft picks forfeited, no players suspended, nobody looking into the Ornatein/mob connection, the Vikings are uncompensated for being robbed of a Super Bowl, and worst of all… no NFL officials are even being looked at when clearly at least one of them was on the take.

    Peyton should have been thrown out of the NFL permanently. The NFL told him to suspend the bounty program, and to keep the gambling/mob connection, Ornstein, out of the locker room. He didn’t do either, blatantly cheated and stole a Super Bowl from the Vikings, and yet only gets a one year suspension?!?

    Fail.

  166. largent80 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:56 PM

    I am suddenly reminded of Marcellus Wallace in Pulp Fiction: “No man. I am most definitely not ok.”

  167. dkrauss93 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:56 PM

    hairpie says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:29 PM
    Thats what you get for organizing a CHEATING ring.

    What about the Patriots?

  168. donr1812 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    I can’t believe everybody’s missing it. Payton received the harsh penalty more so for his association with Mike Ornstein than his complacency in the bounty system.

  169. lilb360 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    Sean Payton your a gangster. Man up and do your time.

  170. mac3333 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    I’d take my millions and retire to a quiet beachfront home and tell Goodell to keep his head on a swivel because when meet again I dont have to fear his power, but he would have to fear my right cross …

  171. politebat says: Mar 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    so i guess its ok to cheat and win 3 SB. All they got was a fine. So the Saints give each other money for big hits…yet hurt not one player, cheat in not one game…add to the fact the Defense was horrible anyway. Fine them like NE…i bet if these two teams switch cities and owners….this would different.

  172. hugos9 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    Should Drew Brees sign his franchise tag or ask to be released or traded?
    ** You Decide**

  173. saintsfan1111 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    Roger Goodell’s sole purpose in life is to destroy NFL football and brand.

  174. tfbuckfutter says: Mar 21, 2012 1:58 PM

    Next time do the right thing.

    *Shrug*

  175. jayevanoff says: Mar 21, 2012 1:59 PM

    I’m sure all the players who’s careers were cut short and their families are really distraught over his suspension. He’s lucky he isn’t going to jail. Saints should be ashamed.

  176. radrntn says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    there is only one thing to du…sue the league TODAY.

  177. 13justthoughts says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    Re: comments: “In no way..cheating”…”overboard”…”everyone else” should get this hammer/+spygate:

    1) To unfairly increase your chances of winning by going against the rules to induce (and succeed) in harming players outside the ‘play’ so they cant be on the field to compete is – by definition – cheating. And it – was – a ring of it.

    2) The buck stops with the coach in large part. People whose lives the ring may have ruined aren’t ‘ok’ with his M.O. A part season suspension allows him to shadow coach, a slap. This sets precedent. Good Perhaps lifetime injury from every potential inducment from the ring to be ‘sucessful’ vs 1 year and keep your job – you could argue it should have been more. If someone is found to die 10 years earlier b/c of one of the bounty hits – then thats how long he should go. Punish to fit the crime.

    3) “Everyone” speeds. If you get caught, you pay. Anyone could get caught. Others havent yet. If found out, you bet they should pay the same – but you just have spec right now. And it’d have to be to this degree to warrant same.

    4) Agreed spygate should have had similar punishment. Clearly cheating on same or worse level, even if player safety wasn’t ‘pre se’ a target – cheating can/should be considered for lifetime bans (see: Rose/gambling). Guessing if it ever is proven to have happened again it will. Better late than never with these hammers.

  178. pack93z says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    I wonder how many time Peyton asked the opposing players have a hit.. are you okay? ;)

    This has more to do with not correcting the issue than the issue itself in terms of Peyton himself.

    Ignorance is not a defense.

    After the NFL warning.. it should have been a priority in place of say a yardage record late in a decided game.

    Learn from it.. others should to.

    Now Goodell.. you have set the benchmark for dealing with coaches on on-field issues.. continue forward with that context and not just the players.

  179. pacific123ocean says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    The cover up is always worse than the crime. If they had not lied about it, multiple times, I am sure the punishment would not have been as severe.

  180. winninitall says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    How is a deal going to get done with Brees if the GM is suspended for 6games?

  181. sudz28 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    And for the first time ever James Harrison has nothing to say.

  182. azcardsfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    I am a cards fan and watched Kurt Warner get lit up in that playoff game a few years ago. It was a painful game to watch. However, I think this punishment is pretty crazy. This type of behavior does not occur in a vacuum. It is nurtured in the NFL culture. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if more then half of the teams have participated in some sort of bounty program in the past 3 or 4 years.

  183. suckittrebek76 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    dnasby says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:31 PM
    Thats what your smug ass gets for stealing my Vikes superbowl.

    ———————————————
    This is what I call misdirected anger. While bounties are despicable and unacceptable, they are not the reason your precious Vikings lost. Get over it or blame your own team.

  184. c09f says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    truthfactory: It has been proven that the Patriots never actually had any filmed material. Yes, they TRIED to cheat, but it was unsuccessful. They paid for it. The key here is that it was ultimately a victim-less crime.

    The Saints ran a bounty system that intended to hurt players. If an NFL player was hurt via this bounty system, the NFL could get sued. Any player who ever got hurt vs the Saints could sue the NFL for something illegal happening outside of the rules. Think of it like a sexual harrassment suit where the company gets sued.

    Spying is bad. A bounty system to hurt players is much worse.

  185. trollhammer20 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    This just in: Niners tear up Smith’s contract using Cali’s “72 hour buyer’s remorse” clause, make trade offer for Brees.

  186. mooseknuckle says: Mar 21, 2012 2:00 PM

    Fish rot from the head.
    Loomis, Payton, and Williams are scumbags.
    Hope the Saints players get a little reciprocity on the field this year, bounty free of course.

  187. duece5 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:01 PM

    Hey Payton:

    You could have avoided this suspension if you ONLY would have done the following:

    1.Instruct Williams to knock it off in 2009
    2. When Williams wouldn’t quit it in 2009, YOU should have stopped it.
    3. When the NFL talked to you about it, YOU should not have lied about it in 2010.
    4. You should not surround yourslef with a convicted felon that “allegedly” offered $10k to the pot.

    OWN it!!

    You were a SCAB player in the strike 1987 season, you conveniently LET these things happen, over, and over…..AND YOU ARE STUNNED????!!

    I would add that you are more STUPID, and ARROGANT!

    The ‘taints Super Bowl is marred for eternity, like it or not……this is what they will be remembered for: cheating and lying!!

    Goodell went easy on the fine and loss of picks…..should have been several 1st rounders…

    But, he is right on the suspensions of the 3 stooges!!

    PAYTON—YOU DESERVE IT!!!!

  188. bucwild05 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:01 PM

    I have one thing to say…

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha……………..

    I absolutely agree with the susupention. For a team to purposly try to injure players is rediculous… especially when they were warned about it 3 years ago, but kept doing it. For what they did to Favre in the Title game, I am absolutely thrilled at this.

    I haven’t had a lot of good things to say about Goodell, but, this time.. I do!

    Just wish it would have been even harsher! Sean sounds like my teenage kid when I ground him. “You’re gonna suspend me for how long??? I was only expecting…..”

    So Sean, to repeat what I said above…. HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

  189. tfg1193 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:01 PM

    Now you should all understand. The Pats were not punished for filming because all teams did that and still do. They were punished for filming from a spot no longer allowed by the league. It was said that they were “institutionally arrogant” because they ignored the reminders not to do so. Guess what – The Saints were just punished for the same thing: Ignoring the warnings and being “institutionally arrogant”.

    This Commish is tough. When the 49ers and Denver circumvented the salary cap in the early days, they were the ones who really cheated by keeping their better players when other teams could not. Pete Rozelle just slapped them on the wrist. Today, there would be blood in the streets.

    Having said all that: This is too harsh.

  190. fargovikesfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:01 PM

    With all the emphasis on player safety, concussions, etc now, you knew that the hammer was gonna be dropped on them. They were sending players out with explicit rewards offered for injuring people and knocking them out of the game. They got what they deserved, so shut your yap Payton and deal with it. If you don’t like it, you shouldn’t have allowed it to happen in the first place.

  191. jason1980 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    Man, would I love to see Saints owner Tom Benson send his battery of attorneys into court and fight the NFL tooth and nail. Godell wants publicity, you get your wish. C’mon Tom, make ‘em sorry they messed with the Almighty Saints.

  192. kmesr53 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:02 PM

    Coach can’t be too shocked. He had to see something like this coming. The Who Dat nation are a strong and resilient bunch and will get through this. Even though a lot of teams are guilty of the same practices we got caught and have to pay the price. Goodell is using us to set the example.

  193. cashisking4life says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    forget drew brees to miami, miami sucks just as bad from a managment standpoint. i think drew brees is doing to somehow end up on a team like the 49ers that is a qb a way lol or texans. anyteam in the league would kick aside their current qb to get brees if given the chance outside of NE with brady, gb with rodgers, every one else would go after drew brees

  194. bigbeefyd says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    ecupatsfan12 says:Mar 21, 2012 1:35 PM

    I agree with this, but why didnt Williams get the same punishment. All three of them had an equal hand in this. They all deserve the same punishment.
    ******************
    Dude, Williams got worse, he’s suspended indefinitely.

  195. mojosmagic says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    Good. Enough injuries happen without a bounty designed to purposely injure players. If I was an opposing player of the Saints Williams and Peyton both would feel a fist down their pathetic throats. Let’s see how tough they are.

  196. bozorocks says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    None of the punishments are harsh enough. As far as I am concerned, all involved should be banned from the game for life and law enforcement actively involved to bring real justice to the players who were hurt or could have been hurt. If I had given an envelope with cash to someone to hurt my kids or spouse or anyone and got caught denying, lying or fabricating stories I would land in jail with no questions asked. To all who say why so harsh.. let me say if it was your knee that got damaged for life or your head that suffered a concussion, would you not want real justice as provided by the law. I am outraged that this all they got.
    Also, he loses 8 million, how can you lose something you never had… which is class !

  197. msymke says: Mar 21, 2012 2:03 PM

    Saints fan here. Please, Coach Payton, explain to the loyal Saints fans how you can be ‘shocked’ by this?? When the average internet blogger knew this was coming down hard, you are still ‘shocked’?? I guess it’s all in keeping with your extreme and unbelievable arrogance. The NFL told gave you several chances to stop, but no, you just decided to be above the law. STUPID MAN.

    Fellow Saints fans. This man has forever tarnished the reputation of our team and Superbowl win. Through his own negligence and ego, he has now set the team behind years. AND he didn’t even manage to get the Drew deal done before he got booted. Please join me in no longer supporting this man, while still supporting our Saints.

    Vikings fan (s?). PLEASE move on with your lives already, you are really just showing all of us how pitiful you continue to be!

  198. b1rdbath says: Mar 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    Thats what you get for organizing a CHEATING ring.
    _____________________________

    Ummm they were not CHEATING. Bounties are not cheating, they may be immoral and reckless, but not cheating.

    Now video taping other teams practice….THAT is cheating.

    But I guess you can’t suspend Bilichek for 16 games.

  199. earlyjk54 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    Haaaaaaa! The Aints are back! Back to the basement with your bad selves. Eazy Breezy Japaneezy!

  200. mark0226 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:04 PM

    It was Glazier that mentioned the $8 million, not Payton.

  201. longassnamethatyoudontcareabout says: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    2009 Superbowl ASTERISK

  202. expatpatfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    Reap what you sow. It is explicitly against the rules. I got a cannabis poss. in highschool and now cannot join the military now; I accept that. Reap what I sow
    =============================
    Technically, you smoke what you sow in this case.

  203. drajf0429 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    How can they suspend Payton for the entire year but only suspend the GM for 8 games????? Not only did the GM know this was happening, he lied to his owner about it. The guy should be gone.

  204. ty49er4life says: Mar 21, 2012 2:05 PM

    Is he banned from practices too or just the games. If I were the saints I would hire a good ex head coach in some capacity to cover for him. We saw what spagnolu could do. He sucks.

  205. vegaskid21 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    The Tampa Bay Bucs like this.

  206. mute617 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Haha Vikes fans. Payton or the Saints cost you a Suer Bowl? I believe Brett Favre did that. Why would he even ponder passing ? it was the Super Bowl man, not Detroit!

  207. miztake82 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Why are NFL punishments still decided by one person. There should be a board, at least make multiple people vote on whats fair punishment.

  208. tharoostah says: Mar 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Can we just get to the important stuff and could somebody please break down the fantasy implications this will have on Colston, Jimmy Graahm, and Brees?

  209. glac1 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:07 PM

    Stunned he got off so easy. They should be jailed.

  210. raiderlyfe510 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:07 PM

    Whoa! Feel much better about the commish now. Thought That his judgement was one sided against black athletes. This is big .

  211. ralphwilsonisrich says: Mar 21, 2012 2:08 PM

    Who in the hell does Goodell think his is. Time to fire his butt.

  212. ninerfan94954 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:09 PM

    You can bet the Players Association was watching this and a slap on the hand would have been a disaster. This was not some 25 year old player who was drunk and disorderly outside a club…these were coaches… Goddall had to take a stand and send a clear message…once.

  213. iluvbears says: Mar 21, 2012 2:09 PM

    Hey Payton. It is called Karma. Just ask Earl Hickey. You are getting paid back for doing bad things. That’s the way it works.

  214. trilbilly says: Mar 21, 2012 2:09 PM

    Tough break but certainly not excessive, not when you consider what they give a player for smoking a joint.

  215. nesuperfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:10 PM

    arkerdaze says:Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Paying someone to hit someone harder = suspension for a year.
    Having a spy film the other teams practices = loss of draft pick.

    hmmmmm….
    _________________________________

    And your point is that you are an i-d-i-o-t?

    Organized targeting to hurt people or video taping? Not even close.

  216. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 21, 2012 2:10 PM

    oh the cheater doesn’t like punishment?

    i find it funny people are mad AT THE VIKINGS FANS for BEING MAD.

    next time your team is in the crosshairs of a bounty, and they take out your QB, demanding to “PAY ME MY MONEY”, see what you say.

    you saints fans just can’t admit your entire Superbowl is a fraud and a result of cheating. these posts are not going away soon. you may as well get used to it.

  217. catquick says: Mar 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    2 hurricanes in one decade

  218. 2ndaryinsanity says: Mar 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    Too bad. Guess that’s the price he’s got to pay for his Super Bowl ring. Goodell had to send a strong message here. The arguement “everyone’s doing it” doesn’t fly. Yes, an example is being made of the Saints….they got caught doing it over a 3 year period, then repeatedly lied about it. Players get injured too often as it is…. it shouldn’t be okay for players to be encouraged & rewarded for injuring opponents on purpose.

  219. bozorocks says: Mar 21, 2012 2:11 PM

    @msymke

    Vikings fan (s?). PLEASE move on with your lives already, you are really just showing all of us how pitiful you continue to be!

    I guess you would just grin and bare if the shoe was on the other foot right ? I bet you would be the 1st to say something ! Your super bowl win is now forever in question, deal with it.

  220. feomax says: Mar 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    I,too, am a bit surprised @ the lenght of Seans suspension,but it is merited. Williams should be longer. I love agressive football,but to trying to intentionally hurt another player? …not a sporting thing about it in the world.

  221. godzilla111111 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    Where is the Tuck Rule when the Saints need it?

  222. flash1283 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    You received an email from a guy who is not part of the organization asking to put him down for 5000.00. Then told the commissioner you new nothing about a bounty program.
    Why are you surprised?

  223. leatherhelmets says: Mar 21, 2012 2:12 PM

    Everyone dat now

  224. jazzytrav says: Mar 21, 2012 2:14 PM

    There seems to be a misconception that the consequences of Spygate set a precedent. That couldn’t be further from the truth. What teams should have taken away from Spygate is not to mess with the rules in obviously unethical ways, or you will be punished. The fact that the Saints knew how severe the punishment could be, yet continued with the program anyway, says that the punishment needed to be more severe. I think this is absolutely fair, and I would still call it fair if Gregg Williams is banned for life.

  225. 49ersgiants4life says: Mar 21, 2012 2:15 PM

    They weren’t payed for hard hits they were payed to knock people out of the game by doing anything necessary

  226. jgedgar70 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:17 PM

    I’m not sure Payton should have been suspended for an entire year. I’m fine with the Williams suspension. I hope the players that paid into the kitty for this are suspended for a year. And as a Panthers fan, I am thrilled beyond belief about the prospect of a division rival being coached by Spagnuolo. Chalk up two wins for the Panthers.

    Now, can someone find something illegal and/or immoral going on in Atlanta for me?

  227. Steelerbear78 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:18 PM

    Sean Payton shouldn’t be okay. Just like a lot of the players that were targeted by your bounty program aren’t. Your straight up cheats who tarnished the integrity of the game and the Lombardi trophy your team has.

    Gregg Williams should not be brought back. Period. Of all people a coach condones, encourages and financed the bounty program.

    Shame on all of you for damaging the integrity of the game.

  228. cliffordc05 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:18 PM

    Sean Payton is not ok with his punishment? Then apparently it is appropriate.

  229. elifan4life says: Mar 21, 2012 2:19 PM

    So you lose one of the top play callers in the league in Sean Payton, add in coach Spags who was 3-33 in his last 3 years in St. Louis I smell a 3-13 season next year for the Saints

  230. iamwhodat says: Mar 21, 2012 2:19 PM

    Saints fans we will be okay… Lets run the score up on everybody!

  231. kokomike says: Mar 21, 2012 2:21 PM

    The fact that Payton expected a suspension is a strong sign of guilt. He was a conspirator, at least.

    The player penalties may be severe, since they were the hit men. At least one player will be suspended a year, IMO.

  232. anarchopurplism says: Mar 21, 2012 2:21 PM

    Vikes fan…….I blame the Vikes for the 2009 loss, not the dirty Saints.

    Payton violated the essence of competition by encouraging a system of hurting the opponent. Compete within the rules and respect your opponent. Saints are classless, undignified, weasel-ish and dirty.

    The fact that Payton has accepted no accountability and continues to lie about any knowledge about the situation has led to this being harsher than it might have been.

  233. mark0226 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    jayevanoff says: Mar 21, 2012 1:59 PM

    I’m sure all the players who’s careers were cut short and their families are really distraught over his suspension. He’s lucky he isn’t going to jail. Saints should be ashamed.

    ===

    Please name all of the players whose careers were cut short by this. Oh, you have no clue? OK, name just ONE. Farve? Nope, he came back the next year. Warner? Nope, he came back to play in the same game, so clearly that wasn’t the cause of his retirement.

  234. 16x8equal49ers says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Oh no 6-10 w/ Spagnulo, he’s good at getting high draft picks.

  235. 44boz says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    Now it is time for the IRS to go after both the coaches and the players.

    All the tough talk is gone from these idiots. Now reality has set in!

  236. hairpie says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    tfg1193 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:01 PM
    Now you should all understand. The Pats were not punished for filming because all teams did that and still do. They were punished for filming from a spot no longer allowed by the league. It was said that they were “institutionally arrogant” because they ignored the reminders not to do so. Guess what – The Saints were just punished for the same thing: Ignoring the warnings and being “institutionally arrogant”.

    This Commish is tough. When the 49ers and Denver circumvented the salary cap in the early days, they were the ones who really cheated by keeping their better players when other teams could not. Pete Rozelle just slapped them on the wrist. Today, there would be blood in the streets.

    Having said all that: This is too harsh.
    ————————————

    Truer words have never been spoken. Even the commish said the Pats “gained no competitive advantage” from taping. The only ones that called the Pats cheaters are the suckups at ESPN.

  237. deeds97 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:23 PM

    For the people who say that the punishment was to harsh…….THEY PUT A BOUNTY ON PEOPLE TO HURT THEM……really….OK go to your place of work put a bounty on a co-worker and see what happens to you when your boss finds out.

    You people need help.

  238. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 21, 2012 2:24 PM

    Who dat heading into the cellar?The NFL just Katrina’d New Orleans again.

  239. iamwhodat says: Mar 21, 2012 2:24 PM

    Integrity of the game my butt. Roger Goodell you mean to tell me the Patriots can tape practices before a SUPER BOWL, and B.B doesn’t get suspended? Then you destroy the evidence… this is bull crap, I hope we run the score up on everyone next season.

  240. captaintriumph says: Mar 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    I don’t feel the slightest bit sorry for Sean Payton and the Saints. They cheated and got a Super Bowl they didn’t deserve. As I’ve been saying for 2+ years, the Saints, with help from the refs, only beat the Vikings because they cheated. Saints fans, Packer fans, and others kept telling me to quit crying. I kept saying I don’t cry, I just tell it like it is. And now I’ve been proven correct. But it wasn’t just the late cheap shots. Check the overtime officiating. 5 terrible calls to ensure Favre never got the ball.

  241. edgarprado says: Mar 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    Hopefully Goodell’s days are numbered and Sean Payton gets this reduced. I assume that Sean will sue the NFL for the right to work.

    Goodell shouldn’t be fining or suspending good people for doing something that isn’t clearly defined. Illegal hits weren’t clearly defined. How much teams could spend in the capless year wasn’t clearly defined. And are there clear rules on what you can and cannot do to motivate your defense?

  242. patthepatriot666 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    the patriots did not film practices- they filmed signals during the game- why do people always get this wrong?

  243. gripless says: Mar 21, 2012 2:26 PM

    Admittedly a bias Vikings fan here but the Rams and the Vikings should get the 2nd round picks the Saints lose. Vikes for being screwed out of a Super Bowl and the Rams deserve a pick for the lost coach given they did nothing wrong here, unless they knew of the impending investigatoin and moved ahead otherwise.

    Payton’s a crybaby and cheater

  244. bayoubauer says: Mar 21, 2012 2:26 PM

    nineroutsider says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:36 PM
    On the bright side, his leg well be beyond full recovery in 2013. He can get a nice tan too.

    Poor guy…concerned with all those millions, but nothing about his team winning games.

    Spags gets another chance to show off his HC abilities…good for him, I like Spags.

    Where exactly in the article is Payton quoted as being “concerned with all those millions”? That was a quote from Glazer, dumbass.

  245. msymke says: Mar 21, 2012 2:27 PM

    @bozorocks

    Yes, you are a bozo.

    The only good thing about the Vikings is that as a Saints fan and a Wisconsin native, I get to see teams I like beat yours several times a year. Oh wait, I like any team more than yours so never mind.

    It’s interesting that although people are complaining about Spygate, I don’t ever see fans of those losing Superbowls on here claiming they were robbed. Wonder why that is.

  246. vtopa says: Mar 21, 2012 2:29 PM

    Vikings fans GET OVER IT. 12 men in the huddle LOSERS. The second interception was total Favre stupidity. You are more bitter than a 50 year old divorcee. The whining and Saints hate is just pathetic.

  247. bleedsoe9mm says: Mar 21, 2012 2:30 PM

    is this the incident that causes coaches to unionize ?

  248. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 21, 2012 2:31 PM

    zn0rseman says:
    Mar 21, 2012 1:56 PM
    Slap on the wrist.

    No draft picks forfeited, no players suspended, nobody looking into the Ornatein/mob connection, the Vikings are uncompensated for being robbed of a Super Bowl, and worst of all… no NFL officials are even being looked at when clearly at least one of them was on the take.

    Peyton should have been thrown out of the NFL permanently. The NFL told him to suspend the bounty program, and to keep the gambling/mob connection, Ornstein, out of the locker room. He didn’t do either, blatantly cheated and stole a Super Bowl from the Vikings, and yet only gets a one year suspension?!?

    *****************************************
    They lost their 2nd round pick this year and next. Peyton was not involved he now plays for the Denver Broncos, plus who would care if a qb was paid bounty to put a hit on a player for the other team. It wouldn’t hurt.

  249. jimmysee says: Mar 21, 2012 2:31 PM

    Sometimes you need a public execution.

  250. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2012 2:32 PM

    And still the Saints fans are in denial. The Saints, in a purposeful act, with intent, were attempting to knock out the QB. Not anywhere in this did people testify that the intent was to “hit the QB hard”. But the phrase “carted off” was admitted to. If you think the NFL is going to sit by while a single team admits that they paid players to purposefully hurt the NFL’s star players, then you are completely delusional.

    And, when they were caught, they still attempted to lie about it, until they finally realized that the truth was already out there. If this happened in the real world, people would be going to prison. There would be no returning the following year to make millions of dollars more. “Premeditated” is a powerful word.

  251. gisellichek says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    8 million… LOST… wrap your head around that peasants… jeeze … i won ‘t make that in lifetime…

  252. dickroy says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    I’m ok with it!

  253. sizvampire55 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    Why weren’t the Patriots punished this severely?

  254. edgarprado says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    Hey patthepatriot666 –
    Super cheaters? Report says Patriots filmed Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI
    BY DAILY NEWS STAFF
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Sunday, February 03, 2008
    PHOENIX – Bill Belichick and the Patriots were accused of being Super Bowl cheaters on Saturday, but the Giants ensured there was no way the New England spymaster would be able to spy on them.

    According to a startling report in the Boston Herald, members of the Patriots’ video department illegally filmed the St. Louis Rams final walk-through at the Superdome in New Orleans one day before the Patriots shocked the 14-point favorites six years ago in Super Bowl XXXVI. The report quoted an unnamed source as saying the Patriots employee stayed behind after New England had its walkthrough in order to tape the Rams as they practiced their formations.

  255. vtopa says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    AlohaMrHand says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:24 PM
    Who dat heading into the cellar?The NFL just Katrina’d New Orleans again.
    —————————————

    Beyond sleazy. Despicable. Its a game dude. People lost their lives. You from Minnesota? You mad bro?

    Pathetic. Apologize like a man.

  256. gottagotowork99 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:37 PM

    Best entertainment out of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

  257. effedinLA says: Mar 21, 2012 2:37 PM

    Bet he never does that again! Enjoy your time off Sean.

  258. notmanning says: Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    You get what you get!! Here’s another tip-don’t host a Superbowl…it’s bad juju, just like Madden Cover.

  259. stanklepoot says: Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    rajbais says: Mar 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    He deserved a suspension, but 1 year????!!!!!!

    The Saints were bad without him on the sidelines!!!!

    How far can they fall with him gone for 1 year??????
    ______________________________
    Just wait, they haven’t announced the punishment of the players involved yet. Seeing as how Vilma is the only player mentioned by name by the league so far…and mentioned often…his punishment could be huge.

    Having said that, this isn’t just about getting caught posting bounties on players. The league caught on to it and questioned the Saints about it. The Saints lied to the league and said nothing was going on. When the league pushed them on it, they said that they’d see to it that things were squeaky clean from there on out. Those involved never even took a break, they just went right back to doing what they were doing. So, they put bounties on other players, they lied to the league and engaged in a cover up for multiple years, and then continued to post bounties on players after they had been directly warned by the league. Kind of reminds me of SMU when the NCAA gave them the death penalty. I’d say the Saints are lucky the NFL doesn’t have a similar team-wide punishment.

  260. darthhoodie says: Mar 21, 2012 2:38 PM

    Spygate is to Jaywalking what Dirtbag-gate is to assault with a deadly weapon. The Dirtbags should have lost 2 first rounders too.

  261. honkerdawg says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Great move by the commish! Any head coach/GM who go goes along with stuff like this should be fired, maybe Benson ought to think about that. Hope the players involved get the same, they deserve it and I hope Greg Williams doesn’t get away with it just cause he’s gone.

  262. rexryanisablowhard says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    this is only the first shoe…wait til the players suspensions get handed down

  263. cincyorangenblack says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    Vikings fans are now my new favorite to HATE.

    all you idiots crying about this being “cheating” and to strip the superbowl are pathetic….

    Yes, they broke the rules, but in no way is this a competitive advantage one would get when “cheating”…..

  264. itsjustme34 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’m far from a Saints fan, actually never liked them, but this is just absolute overkill! In no way can I justify in my own mind how he should be suspended for a year and that much money taken from him (from not working, if he in fact loses the paycheck).

    I’ve seen so many comments on here about how it was justified, should have been longer, reap what you sow, etc…

    Seriously, take a step back and consider what this was. Football players… once again, football players… were being awarded for playing/hitting hard. “NFL rules” against side bonuses and these systems aside, come on everyone.. they are freaking football players and were being rewarded for doing their job well. Can’t be said any easier than that. Who actually believes that when a lineman has a perfectly clear lane at the QB that they aren’t drooling and looking to knock him into tomorrow. Are any of them thinking, “I want to hit him, but not so much that he has to leave the game?” Bonus or not, they are looking to take that QBs head off. So what’s the real issue here?? That the Saints defense had the exact same intention as any other in the league and were just given bonuses for making it happen? Woopti freaking doo. And if they were intentionally trying to hurt players, I think there are these people on the field called refs that can throw flags?? And seriously… every single team cheats in some way, every single game… if you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying comes to mind.

    I like a per game bonus. Kind of like the UFC having knock out of the night bonus.

    Again, not arguing if it was against NFL rules. Just that it’s a ridiculous judgment/sentence for something that, in my mind, shouldn’t really be against the rules.

  265. getadealdonealready says: Mar 21, 2012 2:41 PM

    You know who’s not stunned everyone else!

  266. jacunn2000 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    As a Houston native that has to live among NOLA’s worst since Katrina, all I can say is GOOD. Besides, the majority of these fans cared less about the Saints until they won. Bunch of band wagoners.

  267. seahawks4lyfe says: Mar 21, 2012 2:42 PM

    LMFAO Thats funny, what an idiot, now That Greg Williams in banned indefinitely The Rams have no Def. Coordinator, and Fisher has to find someone remotely as good gonna be a cake season for the Seahawks

  268. boobsmcgoo says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    Hey Viking fans! You can enjoy this all you want, but you still can’t have the Lombardi. You would probably fumble it away anyway!

  269. nasirsnotions says: Mar 21, 2012 2:43 PM

    Lmao!!!! Back to the sorry old Aints!!!!

  270. zonedogz says: Mar 21, 2012 2:44 PM

    Williams was a D-bag in Buffalo and his arrogant act finally caught up with him. He should be banned from the league for life. Looms and Payton were quiet enablers who lied and got caught. Benson should do right by classy Saints fans and fire them both.

  271. babyhorsemorgan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    Lol, Payton always looked sick to his stomach BEFORE this happened.

  272. pir8life says: Mar 21, 2012 2:46 PM

    Sean Payton told to gueax away!

  273. kellyb9 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    I don’t think this was harsh at all. This guy looked the other way to a staff sponsored and administered plan to not only hurt players but end their career. Top it all off, they are paying players outside of the salary cap (which seems secondary in this case). To compare this to what Belichick did shows a true disconnect between what is right and wrong morally. Belichick broke a rule by taping in an incorrect location.

  274. putyournameonit says: Mar 21, 2012 2:47 PM

    There hasn’t been anything this bad to go through New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina.

  275. gacoltfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    patthepatriot666 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:25 PM
    the patriots did not film practices- they filmed signals during the game- why do people always get this wrong?

    Didn’t they also film opposing teams walkthroughs?

  276. Deb says: Mar 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    If Payton thought he was in for a four-week suspension, he hasn’t been paying attention. E-mail evidence showed he was taking money from a convicted felon to fund an illegal bounty program that bypassed the league salary cap. Hello? That’s as convolutedly corrupt as selling weapons to Iran and using the money to fund an illegal military action in Central America. You can’t do those things … at least not in the NFL. Maybe Sean should try politics.

  277. jc327 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    Sounds more than fair to me, and I like Payton and the Saints alright.

  278. stanklepoot says: Mar 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    darkerdaze says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Paying someone to hit someone harder = suspension for a year.
    Having a spy film the other teams practices = loss of draft pick.

    hmmmmm….
    ______________________________
    1. They weren’t paid to hit harder. They were paid to intentionally injure other players. Football is a rough sport and injuries are unfortunately a part of the game. It’s bad enough if it happens accidentally, but you simply can’t allow people to go out on the field for that express purpose. It’s the difference between two guys going at it in a boxing match, and one guy jumping another guy in an alley.

    Oh, btw, the Saints also lied to the league and engaged in a cover up for about 2 years…as well as continuing to offer bounties after the league gave them a direct warning.

    2. Teams spy on each other all the time and it’s legal. The reason the Pats got in trouble was because they taped it. That’s cheating because you get a slight advantage by showing people the actual signs rather than describing them to them

  279. blogatron2000 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:49 PM

    I’m not saying that what the Saints did was Ok because it clearly is not, but please spare me this “tarnishing the integrity of the game” garbage.

    Bounty hunting has been a part of the culture of the NFL for decades. There is not 1 team that hasn’t done it at some point. That’s right fan, your team has done it as well and don’t think that your coaches and GMs didn’t know about it.

    That said, it is going to be very interesting to see how this effects the upcoming season. The ripple effect could be dramatic.

  280. gacoltfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    I’ll bet no team ever does this again. Message sent!!

    Intentionally hurting a player to get the bounty could easily lead to a player getting a season ending injury. It very well may have. So if that’s the case, a year suspension is reasonable. Eye for an eye.

  281. snowpea84 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    Wow. But seriously, wouldn’t want to be a saints fan this coming season.

  282. reizorc says: Mar 21, 2012 2:51 PM

    I believe the punishment should have been tougher. The Entire organization needs to be punished. They were putting peoples careers at stake here! I think they should make New Orleans forfeit the entire season and hit them where it’ll really hurt… Their pockets!

  283. skinspop102 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:52 PM

    Awww, wittle Sean Payton isn’t ok? Why dont you go see your wittle med trainer and get some wittle pills, like you do on every day that ends in “y”

  284. mark0226 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:54 PM

    The “jail” comments are just dumb. No laws were broken. Hitting hard is part of the game. Sometimes players get injured when you hit them hard. For example, Pierre Thomas in the playoffs. How do we know the 49′ers didn’t have a bounty on him?

    The Vikings fans complaining about “stealing” a Superbowl from them is equally dumb. Even, if Favre did not throw a game clinching INT, and they won that game, they still had to play the Colts in the Superbowl. Anyone really think Chilly would have out-coached Manning (I mean Caldwell) in that game? Think Chilly would have called for an onside kick to start the 2nd half?

  285. bunjy96 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:56 PM

    darkerdaze says: Mar 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Paying someone to hit someone harder = suspension for a year.
    Having a spy film the other teams practices = loss of draft pick.

    hmmmmm….

    Might want to have read up on exactly what the Patriots were penalized for before you made this post.

  286. mattspapi says: Mar 21, 2012 2:58 PM

    cudos to onlineinsite and steviaquinn –

    you got it right on Mike Ornstein. This is your smoking gun.

    Payton let this guy back in the family after getting out of jail for the 3rd time. Ornstein was referred to as “our secret weapon” by Payton in his book. Benson blew a gasket when he saw him at Saints facilities in November I believe it was.
    Ornstein is a “wiseguy” by any account; slimy and greasy operator behind the scenes. Hes been doing it in NFL for 25 years. ( See Ravens 2001).

    The Raja Goodell has spoken; no 3 time convicted felons in our house please and, oh by the way, when you and your coaches and GM lie to me repeatedly over 3 years and break the rules I will eviscerate you. Consider yourself now disemboweled.

    Finally all the wahwahwah over this and that. Spygate vs Bountygate, you geniuses need to to go to another “Gate” …Watergate..watch the movie and learn…its all about the Benjamins…
    Listen to Deepthroat ( Hal Holbrook) and …”follow the money”…

    Raja’s Bountygate rulings are designed to protect the shield in the future so the lawsuits from former players on head trauma can be defended reasonably and successfully. This is not a sport anymore, its not 1970 and the owners are not in the business of paying out hundreds of millions in future TV revenue for past sins even if they are legitimate. Raja’s reason are easy to count: $9 billion and growing.

    Protect the Shield

  287. pickleman77 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:04 PM

    Who dat gonna cheat and lie? WE DAT gonna cheat and lie!! Oh, this is so delicious.

  288. pickleman77 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    Hey Saints fans-better to lose with integrity than win with dishonor. I agree that your team’s cheating is not the reason the Saints beat the Vikings went to the Superbowl. In fact, the Vikings were kicking your a$$ for most of the game DESPITE the turnovers and it took at FG in overtime for your little band of cheaters to win. Congrats!

  289. inallsincerity says: Mar 21, 2012 3:08 PM

    Hilarious tweets from Shawne Merriman. According to Jim Rome, due to the severity of the suspensions, Merriman tweeted that he’s no longer gonna use Bounty paper towels and he will no longer watch “Dog The Bounty Hunter”…HA!

  290. jamaicanjasta says: Mar 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    mark0226 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:54 PM

    The “jail” comments are just dumb. No laws were broken. Hitting hard is part of the game. Sometimes players get injured when you hit them hard. For example, Pierre Thomas in the playoffs. How do we know the 49′ers didn’t have a bounty on him?

    ———————————-

    There’s a lot of supposition and deflection in your post. You have no proof that there was a bounty on Thomas but you throw that accusation out to create some false sense of equivalence. There IS proof that Saints coaches and players have put out bounties on players. And again, the severity (out of the commissioner’s own mouth) of the punishment comes not only from this practice, but the blatant lying from the Saints organization when confronted about this in the past.

  291. slippyal2 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:10 PM

    Sean Payton gave some money he could of earned on his contract in order to get Greg Williams. Now Greg Williams is going to cost him $7million.

  292. nathan702nelson says: Mar 21, 2012 3:11 PM

    Cry me a hurricane.

  293. slumdog66 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    Bring out the paper bags

  294. jacunn2000 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:12 PM

    To put a bounty on a young player like Cam Newton is just stupid and wrong. Why would they want to kill the career of a young guy like that?? I say just sweep this entire organization out into the Gulf of Mexico.

  295. chip56 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:19 PM

    I have no pity for Payton. After a year he’ll still be a highly paid coach in the NFL. He endorsed and encouraged a system that was about ending careers and putting people’s long term health in danger – not just the players his team targeted but the players on his own team who were going the extra mile to knock a player out of the game and could have been just as badly injured themselves.

    Payton should be disgusted with himself.

  296. boilerup1869 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:22 PM

    Hello Vicodin relapse!

  297. thenaturalmevs says: Mar 21, 2012 3:23 PM

    I still think Payton looks like a cartoon character.

  298. justasecond1 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:24 PM

    A year seems excessive. However, we are talking about INTENTIONALLY injuring people. I mean damn, how low can one go? Sure football is a contact and brutal sport but to intentionally injury someone and for a player to accept – considering all the money they already make and the fact that they know they wouldn’t want someone to do it to them/their player/teammate, etc.

    Some knuckle head player not considering the consequences is one thing, but for a coach not to consider the overall impact of such a dumb act is just damn stupid…..

  299. Steeler's Will says: Mar 21, 2012 3:31 PM

    Harsh, but not excessive IMHO.

    Saints fans: Stand strong. The abuse from these internet superstars hiding behind their keyboards will not end soon. Roll with the punches, and enjoy some laughs along the way.
    For example, the mongoloids who want your SB win given to the Vikings, or the ones who think that the Saints’ dirty laundry will somehow wash away their own teams’ stink.

  300. chawk12thman says: Mar 21, 2012 3:31 PM

    Payton was ready for some form of punishment; just not this severe…..meaning-”What I did really isn’t that bad”. Based on that fact alone, the Commissioner is right imposing the penalty given. Message sent and hopefully received.

    I wonder if there is any appeal process or legal option for Payton? Haven’t seen anything mentioned along these lines.

  301. indywilson40 says: Mar 21, 2012 3:38 PM

    Sean Payton<Charles Manson

  302. jagerbmb says: Mar 21, 2012 3:40 PM

    Payton says he’s not OK after feeling the wrath of Roger “No Lube” Goodell.

  303. northlandpurple says: Mar 21, 2012 3:45 PM

    He’s “not good right now”!!!!!???????wtf???? Lets ask Kurt Warner, Brett Farve, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and who knows how many others how they were after playing football with this chain gang.
    It is unreal how “big” these idiots think they are. I am searching for the best adjective to describe Williams, Payton, Brees, Vilma and I am too annoyed with them all to think straight.

  304. wikidpissah says: Mar 21, 2012 3:47 PM

    gacoltfan says: Mar 21, 2012 2:48 PM

    patthepatriot666 says:
    Mar 21, 2012 2:25 PM
    the patriots did not film practices- they filmed signals during the game- why do people always get this wrong?

    Didn’t they also film opposing teams walkthroughs?
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    No, they did not.

  305. wikidpissah says: Mar 21, 2012 3:51 PM

    edgarprado says: Mar 21, 2012 2:36 PM

    Hey patthepatriot666 –
    Super cheaters? Report says Patriots filmed Rams before Super Bowl XXXVI
    BY DAILY NEWS STAFF
    DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
    Sunday, February 03, 2008
    PHOENIX – Bill Belichick and the Patriots were accused of being Super Bowl cheaters on Saturday, but the Giants ensured there was no way the New England spymaster would be able to spy on them.

    According to a startling report in the Boston Herald, members of the Patriots’ video department illegally filmed the St. Louis Rams final walk-through at the Superdome in New Orleans one day before the Patriots shocked the 14-point favorites six years ago in Super Bowl XXXVI. The report quoted an unnamed source as saying the Patriots employee stayed behind after New England had its walkthrough in order to tape the Rams as they practiced their formations.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You conveniently skipped the retraction by the Herald, and the TOTAL Mea Culpa by the writer, John Tomase, who admitted that the story was completely false.

    Don’t let facts get in the way.

    Maybe you should have included “Dewey Beats Truman” as well.

  306. shempnet says: Mar 21, 2012 3:54 PM

    A stolen bottle of Vicodin – $600
    Karma – Priceless

  307. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 21, 2012 4:00 PM

    Katrina Card = REVOKED

  308. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Mar 21, 2012 4:05 PM

    Banish Tom Benson
    Reinstate Eddie DeBartolo

    #karma

  309. northlandpurple says: Mar 21, 2012 4:11 PM

    Hey New Orleans Saints!!! Hopefully this “bounty system” does go away cause we all would hate to see anything happen to your quarterback now that this news is out. But I’m sure there aren’t any targets on his back after all he’s the face of the NFLPA. Ha!! Everyone in that organization is a joke especially at the top. Wow!!!
    Why aren’t there more players currently on the Saints team more pissed. This would suck to be in their shoes right now. But then again if I had Payton for my coach I might be happy he’s out of my face for a year.
    bty…hey sharper hows pushing carts in at K-Mart??

  310. justanotherdummy says: Mar 21, 2012 4:16 PM

    I always thought Payton should be suspended, just because he has a ratface. Anyway, have a nice vacation Sean. You can use the time to try and clean your Super Bowl ring, the one with all the tarnish on it.

  311. laurengreene12 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:21 PM

    ok.. FIRST OFF..
    this is NOT FLAG football!!!
    you are supposed to lay people out when you play football or you aint doing your job!!! get that right.. they knew going into this sport that it may or may not HURT!! GTFO IT!!! this is like telling a hockey player that if you get in a fight with someone, that they will be suspended!!! YEA RIGHT!!! whats the point of calling it a damn CONTACT sport if you cant make contact??!! and OF COURSE a defensive lineman is gunna try to take out a QB.. If your playing Peyton Manning, common sense is your gunna do anything to knock him on his ass to get him on the bench!! that EVERY team.. not just the Saints!!! this crap happens in every contact sport!! Do yall not think that other D-lines don’t try to take Drew Brees out?! YEA THEY DO!!! so this punishment is way too harsh.. definately when every team does it!!!.. Saints just got caught!! They teach in HIGH SCHOOL, to HIT HARD or don’t come play and in the NFL, its just the OPPOSITE!!! This is RIDICULOUS!!!!!

  312. krispc says: Mar 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    Let see hmmm Belichik cheats and films other teams to try to game the system and gets a fine and no suspension. The saints try to give incentives for their players to give full effort and blow up players (legal hits) and he gets a Year long suspension…

    Yup sounds fair to me…. LOL

  313. stavreafavre says: Mar 21, 2012 4:22 PM

    Best way to garner public sympathy after being convicted of being party to a crime: Say you’re shocked and talk about the money you’re going to lose.

  314. laurengreene12 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    and are yall really gunna bring Favre into this? My 12 year old cousin could prolly tackle him and knock him out.. he’s old and can’t take a hit like he used to!!! He shoulda RETIRED the FIRST time he thought about it!!!

  315. stormbrewed says: Mar 21, 2012 4:31 PM

    Jason says: “Man, would I love to see Saints owner Tom Benson send his battery of attorneys into court and fight the NFL tooth and nail. Godell wants publicity, you get your wish. C’mon Tom, make ‘em sorry they messed with the Almighty Saints.”

    Careful what you wish for Jason. Benson knows this goes a lot more deeper and if he fights it, then the Ornstein involvement and Benson’s own complicity becomes an issue.

    You could see an even worse scenario.

    Wait til the Feds step in to see which players received cash without claiming it on their taxes. Knowing it was illegal, you know they didn’t.

    Long story short: when you get told to stop the bounty program, you stop it. When get told to stop the Ornstein association, you stop it.

    Doesn’t matter if the rest of the league is doing it. Your Saints were told to stop it. Instead they continued it for another 2 years.

    Gotta be some wiseguys involved here or are the Saints just dumb@sses?

  316. laurengreene12 says: Mar 21, 2012 4:34 PM

    AND Saints aren’t the only team that go to lay people out; yall are just to pigheaded to really see that EVERYONE does it!!… and intentionally hurting an opposing player is done in A LOT of sports!!!.. In softball, pitchers usually always get hit so they will get put on the bench.. that’s why most pitchers have DH’s (designated hitters) now days!! NFL is just turned into a bunch of little softies that can’t handle pain… and Goodell needs to GET OVER HIMSELF before a bounty gets after him!!!.. he is more ridiculous than the punishment he gave to the Saints!!

  317. coachglove says: Mar 21, 2012 4:36 PM

    1) they can’t fire him. the NFL found the team (via the GM) culpable, so he could argue he was performing as expected.

    2) I say the NFL should make the Saints pay what they would have paid Payton to the NFL Retired Players injury fund. As it stands now, the team basically got a $7.5MM bonus for all this crap (not sure what the salary of the GM and LB are, but add their salaries to this list).

  318. sevensixtwonato says: Mar 21, 2012 4:46 PM

    laurengreene12…..You need to relax a little….you know football is a game right? You are going to give yourself a heart attack over something you watch on TV a couple hours a week part of the year.

  319. purnellmeagrejr says: Mar 21, 2012 4:56 PM

    That’s why they have Footballl and MMA!

  320. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    Aaron Rodgers loves Sean Payton.

  321. effjohntaylornorelation says: Mar 21, 2012 5:05 PM

    Maybe he can use his time away from football to get treatment for his pill addiction.

  322. emdotcart says: Mar 21, 2012 5:20 PM

    All the saints haters using safety to justify the action of the commissioner should be protesting and boycotting tackling and demanding implementing flags(flag football) if you don’t want a player to get hurt

    …and all this time I’m thinking the refs are on the field to officiate the game and call penalties warnings were given but no action was taken meaning it wasn’t “dangerous to players health” at that time but now 3 yrs later it is because the nfl facing concussion lawsuits can you say escape goat?

    Teams should get rid of their o line and just pay the nfl office to protect their qb

    Idk if anyone watched the saints d the last 3 yrs but the bounty pot should be pretty high Greg Williams should be able to live of that money because the defense I watched no one should have won a bounty pot

  323. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2012 5:28 PM

    Should take away their Super Bowl “win”. If you have to “win” by cheating, you really didn’t win then.

  324. jjbadd says: Mar 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    Broncos fan here and its an outrageous damn punishment, and it’s just too excessive! That’s just awful and unfair. I for one disagree with this, and i hate the Saints..

  325. slick3 says: Mar 21, 2012 5:53 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I think that Goodell should now focus his full attention on the Redskins.

  326. granadafan says: Mar 21, 2012 6:00 PM

    Being in SEC territory the motto is, “If you Ain’t cheatin’, you ain’t tryin’”. The Saints are just a product of the surrounding area of win at all costs. NCAA rules? Bah. NFL rules? Bah.

  327. upperdecker19 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:31 PM

    Geaux on vacation, Sean……..

  328. laurengreene12 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:47 PM

    Football should be NO RULES!! Then they wont have to put up with this nonsense!!

  329. jhb123 says: Mar 21, 2012 6:52 PM

    Are there still Vikings fans that are soar about the NFC title game that they now say if it wasn’t for Bounty program they would have won. Come on, does anyone think that the defense wouldn’t try and take out the other teams quarterback if it means going to a Superbowl whether there’s a bounty or not!

  330. 45whodey54 says: Mar 21, 2012 7:21 PM

    Is there a pity party on bourbon street?

  331. righthereisay says: Mar 21, 2012 7:34 PM

    I’m still making monthly payments to Bernard Pollard….

  332. rocketcrab says: Mar 21, 2012 7:41 PM

    In one fell swoop, Payton, Williams, Vitt, the GM and whining Drew Brees managed to take one of the true “feel good” stories of the past decade and turn it in to a pile of steaming crap. Great job guys. Stop shaking your heads – ya’ll done wrong, got caught, then lied about it. Eat your peas and shut up.

  333. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    from feel good story to most hated team in the nfl. congrats, coach payton. you could have stopped this, but you just had to win at any cost.

    maybe on your long vacation you’ll learn, it is, in fact, just a game. shame on you. and shame on your team.

  334. realfootballfan says: Mar 21, 2012 9:04 PM

    The biggest scandal in years, salary cap violations, the prescription drug fiasco, what else is down that rabbit hole with the Saints?

    Seems like ESPN should bring back “Playmakers” and just write the stories based on what actually goes on with the Saints. Rating bonanza.

  335. moreafan says: Mar 21, 2012 9:11 PM

    OMG! What a bunch of cry baby’s. Agree on punishment for paying players but all teams have incentives to play hard. Its a physical game for men. Saints are first to get caught using cash. All teams have their ways to promote hard hitting action. If the hits were that bad there would have been a flag thrown. If you want powderpuff action get out of sports altogether.

  336. moreafan says: Mar 21, 2012 9:24 PM

    Hey granadad fan. Looks like you’ve been on the loosing end of your sporting adventures down south. Don’t pull in the whole geographical area in on this. Keep it specific to the event at hand.

  337. stanklepoot says: Mar 21, 2012 10:21 PM

    stv1719 says: Mar 21, 2012 1:37 PM

    I am really angry right now this kind of stuff really ps me off Goodell needs to step down or else there may be a fan revolt. Not a saints fan
    ______________________________
    No fan revolt here. I have no bias against the Saints, but what happened is entirely their fault. They didn’t simply post bounties on other players, they lied to the league about it and engaged in an organized cover up that lasted years. Oh, and they were dumb enough to continue posting bounties after the league let them know they were being investigated. It’s the same kind of institutional arrogance that led to the NCAA giving SMU the death penalty.

    As for all of this whining about Goodell, some of you need to grow up. Whether you like this decision or not, Goodell is doing what he’s supposed to be doing…his job. His job isn’t to go from town to town and say “football is fun”. His job is to watch out for the league, and please don’t compare this to spygate. Setting aside the fact that spygate didn’t cause injuries or end players’ careers, spygate didn’t put the league at risk like the Saints just did. People can complain all they want that things aren’t as “tough” as they used to be, but the point is that now we’re well aware of the impact some of those hits have on the long term physical and mental health of the players. If the NFL does nothing about this, they open themselves up for an endless stream of lawsuits. If a player gets seriously injured (I’m talking paralysis or some other permanently disabling injury) or God forbid dies and the NFL does nothing to try to prevent it, they’ll have Congress all up in their business. So, this is about protecting both the players and the league itself.

  338. stanklepoot says: Mar 21, 2012 10:35 PM

    broncobrewer says: Mar 21, 2012 1:39 PM

    I would not be surprised if the saints fight this bc this just shows how inconsistent goodell is. With spygate belick got a slap on the wrist. Then when mcdaniels did it he got a slap on a finger.
    Plus players have been saying this has been going on for years. Godell is and idiot. He’s destroying the game.
    _________________________________
    You know what would really destroy the game? How about a series of Congressional hearings that ended up with the government setting up an oversight group in the name of safety? How about an endless stream of lawsuits because the NFL did nothing to try to make things safer after quite a few medical studies have detailed the long term effects that some of these hits have on players? I congratulate Goodell on doing his job and doing it well. He’s protecting the players, and in so doing protecting the league. I’d much rather have the NFL police itself than end up with government oversight over football. Oh, and if you think it can’t happen, you’re kidding yourself. The sheer popularity of the NFL could encourage some attention seeking members of Congress to put themselves in the middle of things, if for nothing else to improve their own name recognition.

  339. stanklepoot says: Mar 21, 2012 10:42 PM

    mark0226 says: Mar 21, 2012 2:22 PM

    jayevanoff says: Mar 21, 2012 1:59 PM

    I’m sure all the players who’s careers were cut short and their families are really distraught over his suspension. He’s lucky he isn’t going to jail. Saints should be ashamed.

    ===

    Please name all of the players whose careers were cut short by this. Oh, you have no clue? OK, name just ONE. Farve? Nope, he came back the next year. Warner? Nope, he came back to play in the same game, so clearly that wasn’t the cause of his retirement
    ______________________________
    Think again. Warner retired when he did in part because his wife and kids were worried about his long term health if he continued to take hits like he took in that game. As for Favre, they ended his career too, it just took a little longer to figure that out. His ankle was still messed up when he came back. That left him slower and less able to avoid future hits. Favre ended up in what I call an injury spiral, in which each additional injury left him less able to avoid hits, which in turn brought about more injuries. the Saints may not have taken the final shot at Favre, but that NFC Championship game was clearly the beginning of that injury spiral.

  340. saintspat says: Mar 21, 2012 11:54 PM

    Goodell is an ass. Oh player safety,player safety, yeah but how bout an 18 game schedule. All he really cares about is the cash. Saints got hosed in this ruling and there is still more to come.

  341. veryblunt says: Mar 22, 2012 12:40 AM

    Let’s be real…This bounty crap have been going on in the NFL for years..the saints is not the only team who has done this…A one year suspension is ridiculous. The NFL is a mans sport and if you are afraid of getting hurt why play? How many cheap shots Drew Brees took and what about that crap with Ndamukong Suh? I didn’t see the detroit lions coaching staff get a one year suspension….No, something is fishy about this whole thing. It’s all good the saints is gonna shake back and they are gonna shake back hard. So, to all you haters on here keep hatin’ cause if it were team going through this you wouldn’t want no one dragging your team….but it’s all good..New Orleans is all about come backs. Still screaming Who dat!!!! Shockey you are no longer welcomed in our city!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  342. laurengreene12 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:45 AM

    who really cares if they were getting paid extra for taking someone out? In all REALITY, almost EVERY football player will hurt someone eventually.. definately DEFENSE.. therefore, THEY ARE GETTING PAID TO HURT SOMEONE TOO!! Goodell can shove that up his butt along with his philosophies on how he wants football to be played.. these BOYS/wanna be MEN know what they are getting into when they decide to get drafted and sign their contracts!! There shouldn’t be any lawsuits because getting hit is PART OF THE GAME!! If he wants to take money from someone, take it from the refs that NEVER threw one penalty flag for these “life-threatening/LEGAL” hits!!

  343. drmichaelstevenlee says: Mar 22, 2012 12:55 AM

    I thought at first it was harsh, but after light of facts coming out it seems that Payton got what he deserved. Guy plays life like an onside kick at halftime, he must half taken half the vicodin his assistants stole to think he could lie to the league and get away. His methods are unsound.
    If you watch the important tgames and playoffs those years in question you can see routinely DT and DE roughing the passer after the ball was let go. I understand not giving Brett Favre a free ride becuase of his age, but to encourage injury is plain immoral and not apart of the game today.
    I understand Big Whit’s reaction to the suspension, but I think most of goodells penalty comes from being lied to and coercing your staff to lie for you… And Belicheat shoulda got a year suspension too.

  344. forever9ers says: Mar 22, 2012 4:03 AM

    Sean, I feel your pain

    -Bill Belichick

  345. discosucs2005 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:07 AM

    I have a feeling that if the Saints hadn’t lied they would have gotten a slap on the wrist. I think that is the real crime in the league’s eyes. This is very similar to Barry Bonds. Everyone knows that a lot (arguably most) players in Bonds’ generation took some sort of performance enhancing drug, but Barry was at the top of the league (as are the Saints) and he didn’t admit to it when public perception was that he definitely took steroids (although to be fair to Bonds, he’s never been caught or convicted, as is the case with the Saints). People don’t like it when other’s break the rules, but I think people like it even less when they are lied to.

    I think the Spygate thing actually affected the games way more than bountygate, but the Saints picked the worst time, and handled the situation in the worst possible way, so they are feeling the leagues full wrath, as opposed to the Pats who had the league go ahead and destroy the evidence for them.

  346. jagerbmb says: Mar 22, 2012 10:11 AM

    The cover up is always worse than the deed. I think this harsh punishment shows that.

  347. jrob8802 says: Mar 22, 2012 12:50 PM

    they are all lucky no one was seriously hurt or the team would be sued and they would all be gone from football for ever. i dont feel sorry for any of them. its a sport and winning is great. how ever learn to coach players so they can get motivated not give money for smashing some one for nothing. but i will say i can almost bet this is not the only team that does this. buddy ryan was suspect in his days as head coach of the eagles. i would bet pitsburg and atl are a few that did it up till now. im sure every team is meeting right now about that never happeing again.

  348. c142 says: Mar 22, 2012 1:25 PM

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFFL (National Flag Football League).

  349. agentfreak82 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:12 PM

    I knew this team was disgusting watching that season. Just too bad there will never be a rightful owner of that superbowl trophy. Dirty dirty aints….

  350. agentfreak82 says: Mar 22, 2012 2:17 PM

    Also Kudos to Shockey. I like how they call him a snitch for doing the right thing. Goes to show the type of player and person who is an aints fan. who dat don’t have a coach this year, lol.

  351. sadviking says: Mar 22, 2012 3:56 PM

    Wow and the Patriots only lost a few draft picks for cheating, knowing what play the defense is running is a little bit more extreme…………………………………..In what way is playing unfair more extreme than putting another person’s career and health in jeopardy? That’s like saying a Poker player should be punished more harshly for peeking at someone else’s cards than shooting him in the hand.

  352. lordhelmet23 says: Mar 22, 2012 4:06 PM

    “Glazer reports that Payton’s plan for the four-game suspension he had braced himself for was to have assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt take over as interim head coach while Payton served the suspension.”

    That was a brilliant plan by Payton, I don’t know how it went wrong. Surely no one could have guessed that one of the other guys on the staff who lied repeatedly straight to Goodell’s face would be suspended too.

  353. goldsteel says: Mar 22, 2012 9:50 PM

    Many people were surprised coach. But no one should question the decisions of the Commissioner no matter how excessive the decisions are! Who cares if the Commissioner just ruined the 2012 season for the Saints?

    Perhaps, the Saints should reward the rest of the league by playing for the 2013 first pick in the draft? Reward the league for renewing Roger Goodell’s contract? The league deserves it.

  354. duece5 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:09 PM

    sfsaintsfan says:Mar 21, 2012 1:51 PM

    This is crazy.

    How many of the hits were ILLEGAL hits and how many of the hits were just hard played football?

    And enough with the stupid Vikings Fans. Brees was hit late in that game also, he was hit with high low hits also. Your team still has not won a Super Bowl and Never Will

    duece5 says:

    The Vikes have something the taints NEVER had: CLASS.

    We didn’t have an institutionalized system of bounties headed up by our DC, a head coach that looked the other way, an assistant hcoach (Vitt) that did the same, and a GM that lied to his own owner that he would “take care of it.!”

    You guys did it for 3 years, LIED LIED AND LIED……now your “super bowl” is TAINTED forever…….doesn’t matter if you have it, the general public perception of the taints and their win is that they did it with shady coached and shamed themselves and the league.

    We kicked the saints in EVERY category that day, you “won” the game with phantom calls, and now—JUSTICE: YOU CHEATED.

    The NFL doesn’t have to vacate the supe from that year, it has already been vacated by most of us in the general public.

    You guys are a DISGRACE!!!!

  355. jedimasterbates says: Mar 22, 2012 11:16 PM

    Don’t feel bad for Payton. He still makes a fortune off all those Malcolm in the Middle royalties

  356. duece5 says: Mar 22, 2012 11:19 PM

    moreafan says:Mar 21, 2012 9:11 PM

    OMG! What a bunch of cry baby’s. Agree on punishment for paying players but all teams have incentives to play hard. Its a physical game for men. Saints are first to get caught using cash. All teams have their ways to promote hard hitting action. If the hits were that bad there would have been a flag thrown. If you want powderpuff action get out of sports altogether.

    duece 5 says:

    morefan……YOU COULDN’T BE MORE WRONG. The refs actually blew the most important call that mamed Favre. The ref did NOT throw the flag, and the league came back two days later and said, yes, it should have been a flag-a personal foul for the high low……oops….we’re sorry!! that singular play was a game changer. It was ILLEGAL, it should have been 15 yards, Vikes ball given back AS AN INTERCEPTION WAS THROWN ON THAT PLAY on the saints 20……an absolute joke of a refereed game.

    That’s just the point, there is already enough incentives for players…..you don’t need a bounty system to purposely mame players, which is what the saints had.

    And no, not ALL teams did it or are doing it……,this WILL stop it. It’s absolutely why it had to be harsh!

    The taints sbowl will forever be tarnished……like it or not.

  357. veryblunt says: Mar 23, 2012 12:20 AM

    @duece5 dude you act like you are on the pay roll for the NFL…yes all teams at some point and time have done bounties…I don’t know what country you have been living in. Of all the scandals that have been going on for years in the NFL..this is not the first nor will it be the last…another team or player will do something stupid in the future but calm down dude…it’s not that serious…The vikings are not that innocent either. Favre ass was old and he was going down whether he played the saints or any other team for NFC Championship. Get a life dude!!!! You probably have some dumb reply but it’s all good maybe the NFL will mail you your check!! LMAO!!!!!

  358. janpage says: Mar 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    Oh, poor Payton. Now we all know that at least some of those football players carted off with injuries can thank folks like Payton for it. They’re “not okay”, either, thanks to you and your cohorts.

    Frankly, I think you should thank your lucky stars that you weren’t suspended for life. If it were up to me, you would be.

  359. janpage says: Mar 23, 2012 5:22 PM

    laurengreene1: Who in the world are you to take cheap shots at Brett Favre? He’s even said he doesn’t have any negative feelings about the bounty on him.

    Get a life, hon. And don’t bother responding to this post as I am gone. I actually do have a life!

  360. lombardihero says: Mar 24, 2012 2:26 PM

    Still collecting 1.2 Million a hundred grand a month just siting on the couch and watching football.

    Yeah I feel real bad for him.

  361. justsayin00 says: Mar 25, 2012 1:23 AM

    @janpage……you need to research stuff before you post little kid. Everything you post is really so stupid

  362. justsayin00 says: Mar 25, 2012 1:30 AM

    @deuce5……God you are a bumbling idiot. Geez God must love stupid people, he made sooo many! Put your pink skirt on and go play.

  363. dickpoundsit says: Mar 28, 2012 12:26 AM

    hammerjacker says:
    Having said that, of the two, yes, bountygate is far more severe, and it IS cheating.

    How exactly do you figure that providing incentives to hit hard is cheating? It could be argued that attempting to LEGALLY hit an opposing player so hard that they are knocked out of the game is unethical, but it hardly violates and rules for the violent contact sport football is supposed to be. Besides, if offering incentives for hard defensive play is something coaches are now going to be suspended for, I guess no defensive free agents are going to get any signing bonuses for playing hard on the field anymore.

    The bottom line is that unless players were making illegal hits on other players, they really didn’t do anything wrong… Unlike illegally videotaping the opposing team’s signals which does in fact give you an unfair competitive edge over your opponent.

    Legally hitting opposing players as hard as possible is how great players like Reggie White, Ray Lewis and Lawrence Taylor made names for themselves. Of course, that was long before Gutless Goodell came along and decided to neuter defenses and make the players wear pigtails and skirts instead of helmets.

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