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Payton hasn’t decided whether to appeal suspension

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Although Saints coach Sean Payton has accepted on multiple occasions “full responsibility” for the team’s three-year bounty system, Payton still has the right to appeal his one-year suspension.

Payton’s agent, Don Yee, told the Associated Press that no decisions have been made regarding an appeal.

Even though an appeal of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision, which would be heard by Goodell, likely would be futile, there’s a strategic benefit to the Saints.  With the suspension due to begin on April 1, Payton could buy some more time by appealing.

“I said in a letter they have to appeal by April 2, I believe,” Goodell told reporters on Monday.  “If he decides to appeal, I probably will allow him to continue and I would expedite the hearing and I would expedite my decision.”

Even if the hearing and the decision are expedited, Payton could buy another week or two of involvement in draft meetings.  Given that G.M. Mickey Loomis isn’t a traditional “football guy,” having Payton around would go a long way toward helping the Saints be better prepared for the draft.  And since the delay due to the appeal undoubtedly wouldn’t be tacked onto the back end of the suspension, there’s nothing to lose by filing an appeal.

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58 Responses to “Payton hasn’t decided whether to appeal suspension”
  1. stayclassyasheville says: Mar 26, 2012 10:33 PM

    Payton to Goodell, “Thank you sir may I have another?”

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Mar 26, 2012 10:35 PM

    It’s not that hard, accept or appeal. He must take forever to figure out what to get at a restaurant.

  3. chatham10 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:35 PM

    If he files an appeal and this continues for some additional time, when he loses the appeal will that also add time to when he can return?

  4. cags777 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:37 PM

    He should accept the punishment like a man. To appeal would show me he’s more interested in whining than accountability.

  5. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    Popcorn popped. Butter melted. Gonna sit back and watch more of this soap opera. Appeal, Sean! Appeal! Then bring in Parcells and watch all the talking heads explode. Do it, Sean. Do it.

  6. thejuddstir says: Mar 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    Don’t let the scumbag out of the penalty….if he appeals the punishment, make it worse. Don’t play games with cheaters Goodell, you made a touch decision so don’t wimp out on us now.

  7. jason1980 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    Godell can’t prevent the Saints from winning their next superbowl, right here in New Orleans. Geaux Saints!!!

  8. t205cobb says: Mar 26, 2012 10:46 PM

    He may be putting a bounty on Goodell as we speak!

  9. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Mar 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Still looking for a few billable hours, eh?

  10. losangelasbasketball says: Mar 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    Did the saints play worse because of bounties? They won a super bowl with bounties… if Goodell was fair he would rip the super bowl rings from every coach and player on that team and put an asterisk next to their names on Wikipedia….

  11. goldsteel says: Mar 26, 2012 10:48 PM

    I wouldn’t bother Payton. Can’t you hear the “NO” coming from a mile away? This is Goodell’s big moment. The Commissioner just signed a contract extension so he’s plenty full of himself.

  12. twistmeanothadutchie says: Mar 26, 2012 10:53 PM

    Coach PAYTON is Jus Waiting Until He Finishes His Fresh New Pack of JUICY FRUIT chewing gum

  13. 513guy says: Mar 26, 2012 10:54 PM

    If nothing else Payton should do it just to waste Goodell’s time.

  14. mmmpierogi says: Mar 26, 2012 10:56 PM

    … am I the only one who thought I read earlier today that he said he would not appeal this?

  15. jonny42671 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:57 PM

    @jason1980…..they actually have to win one to get another. Don’t even think anyone who knows football thinks the Saints really deserved it in 2010. ASTERISK !!

  16. robert831 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:58 PM

    Payton and the Saints got off easy for lying cheaters with a tainted championship… They should have lost at least 3 first round picks & 3 years of franchise tags, one for each year we have confirmation they intentionally cheated & lied. Make the team hurt longterm. Bring back the brown bag Aints. Then force Benson to sell to LA, kicking his stupid clown suit wearing, umbrella touting butt out of the owners club for good.

  17. jackntorres says: Mar 26, 2012 10:59 PM

    Considering he let the rest of the league off with a waiver, a year does seem a little harsh.

  18. bangreggwilliams says: Mar 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    To appeal or not to appeal is such a tough decision. Deciding to pay players to injure others, much easier.

    Suffer Payton. Suffer like those you injured. Cheating bastard!

  19. rwf1984 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:01 PM

    Well if he does appeal then he obviously doesn’t accept the full responsibility! We all knew the punishment was going to be harsh!

  20. pacificnw7722 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:03 PM

    He should just stay away, and accept his punishment.

  21. ascensionparish says: Mar 26, 2012 11:03 PM

    Goodell wants to be the puppet master. But Sean Payton is always two steps ahead of Rog.

    Mixed metaphors be damned.

  22. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 26, 2012 11:05 PM

    Go pop some painkillers and shut up Sean!

  23. 69finfan says: Mar 26, 2012 11:08 PM

    @chatham10

    Per the last paragraph of the article there is nothing to loose by filing an appeal.

  24. silverandblack1 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    They should suspend sapp cor being a lame rat..

  25. bleedsoe9mm says: Mar 26, 2012 11:11 PM

    if weasels like jerry jones and dan synder appeal nfl rulings wasn’t shouldn’t sean payton appeal

  26. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 26, 2012 11:13 PM

    court of arbitration.

  27. xx4zu1 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:30 PM

    Most appeals seem to lead to reduced sentences so go for it chances are Goodell will reduce it to 6 months.

  28. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 26, 2012 11:31 PM

    jason1980 says: Mar 26, 2012 10:44 PM

    Godell can’t prevent the Saints from winning their next superbowl, right here in New Orleans. Geaux Saints!!!
    _____________________
    That is some funny stuff. With or without Payton the Saints stand almost no chance this year. They do not have the discipline necessary to win.

  29. redstar504 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:37 PM

    It is ashamed he can’t wait until the player sanctions are imposed to appeal because that is his only hope. If the players are successful in getting their time reduced that could only help Payton. I think an appeal right now to the same guy that just imposed the sanctions is a fruitless endeavor at best, it is a waste of time and effort. There really should be a 3rd party to appeal to.

  30. thejuddstir says: Mar 26, 2012 11:39 PM

    Anyone who appeals a decision hasn’t truly accepted responsibility for their actions.

  31. eugenesaxe says: Mar 26, 2012 11:45 PM

    Suck it up Payton.

  32. voterg3forpresident says: Mar 26, 2012 11:46 PM

    So if Payton files for an appeal so that he could be involved with setting up for the draft, would he not loose out on the time to prepare for next years draft? I would think he would need more time to evaluate and prepare after he has been away from the team for a year.

  33. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 26, 2012 11:48 PM

    Given that his “accepting full responsibility” continues to include blatant lies whenever he opens his mouth – I expect him to “accept full responsibility” by appealing.

  34. fusion3450 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:49 PM

    if some of you knew even half of what you think you know. you can keep hating my team. i just take is as the envious hate the teams on top. who is your team? i better my saints still have a better shot at the trophy than most of yours. tell me who the saints actually injured. please. favre? any team would have hit him with the superbowl on the line. warner? on a perfectly legal hit? i saw somebody earlier say something about a hit on stafford during the video loop nfl network always runs. try watching that in full speed and tell me it was illegal.

  35. fusion3450 says: Mar 26, 2012 11:51 PM

    i would love the saints to win the superbowl then the entire team refuse to go up the podium to receive the trophy

  36. therealhook says: Mar 26, 2012 11:53 PM

    If he said he accepts the responsibility, how can he appeal the consequences?

  37. jason1980 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:00 AM

    @jonny…….whatever……that Lombardi trophy is still safe and sound right here in Nawlins. You can put as many astericks as you like hater fans, can’t take away the thrill of 2009, no matter what the NFL does. New Orleans Saints World Champions 2009. Ahhhh, that sounds good, yeah baby!!!!!

  38. eaglebobby says: Mar 27, 2012 12:02 AM

    It doesn’t surprise me that all the Saints fans wnat him to appeal. Not even with a tainted championship can they show any common sense. It’s only the second time in their history that the Saints are even relevant in the NFL.

  39. thraiderskin says: Mar 27, 2012 12:16 AM

    He should appeal… whats the harm is trying to get the suspension re-looked and possibly reduced. Not to mention, while on appeal, he will have a little extra time to get his house in order, should it be denied or better plan for post-reduction.

  40. bretvidrine says: Mar 27, 2012 12:23 AM

    @jonny42671

    For gods sake please stop your whining… For everyone who thinks they should take away the trophy or whatever else your idiot mind is coming up with… We Won the freaking Superbowl. Get over it.

    And why isn’t anyone saying the Patriots should have an astrick next to there trophy’s? They got caught cheating! And who knows how many other times it happend. And that’s worse than rewarding your players for making good plays.

    Seriouly, get a life people.

    Who Dat For Life!!!

  41. cfoodgumbo504 says: Mar 27, 2012 12:25 AM

    Goodell is a idiot!!! All teams do what the Saints did… Close your eyes and act like your teams innocent.. Ya’ll are as dumb as Goodell… Saints will not miss a beat this year… Bank on it!!

  42. rodgers419 says: Mar 27, 2012 1:01 AM

    He should appeal. He has nothing to lose nor should he have anything to lose. I hope you clowns whining about appeals don’t work in any sort of legal system.

  43. bigfootballfan says: Mar 27, 2012 1:09 AM

    Dear Payton,

    While watching the NCAA tourney, and some of the bad calls, I mused about sportsmanship.

    Western Ky. has a legit complaint about a bad call regarding an out of bounds call. Late in the game, Syrc. got the ball when Western Ky. should have been rewarded it.

    I thought, at that moment, how great it would be if Syracuse inbounded the ball to W. Ky., where it clearly belonged – just to say, not blaming the refs, but “here, as good sports we know you should have the ball now.”

    Of course Syracuse did no such thing, because fairness and sportsmanship do not rate as high as winning.

    People will thumb the next paragraph down, but you are presented with a similar opportunity to make the right call, as was Syracuse.

    Fans, coaches, radio talk show hosts and players bury their heads in the sand in order to win, and buddy up to poor ref calls, questionable mores, bountry hunters, rapists, criminals and murders, because they happen to be pivitol players on their team, in order to win.

    Payton, this is a moment of leadership. Will you accept your part in this, or will you plea for less responsibility as the leader of this?

    You have an opporturnity to raise the bar… whatsitgonnabe?

  44. devrick says: Mar 27, 2012 2:05 AM

    “I accept full responsibility for my actions. Except I don’t, so I’m appealing.”

  45. truthserum4u says: Mar 27, 2012 2:11 AM

    And since the delay due to the appeal undoubtedly wouldn’t be tacked onto the back end of the suspension, there’s nothing to lose by filing an appeal.

    Mike,

    If during the appeal process Payton is allowed to do business as usual during the delay, then why wouldn’t the time be added to the back end? He really isn’t getting a year suspension then and in some ways would be getting it reduced. What sort of precedent has there been for you to come to this conclusion? The suspensions I can think of have been for a certain number of games, so it would be comparing kiwi to cumquats.

  46. rabbdogg says: Mar 27, 2012 2:14 AM

    saints superbowl champs in 2009/10. there is NOTHING you punka**es can do about..we dont give a rats a** what u say about it..tainted?..strip the championship? that is all girly talk from girly douches like witchhuntermike..u all blow..signed..supersaints

  47. ozierdisaster3335 says: Mar 27, 2012 3:01 AM

    Brian urlacher thinks Sean Payton is a good running back

  48. pcoisma says: Mar 27, 2012 3:24 AM

    Maybe this is the arrogance that can get you kicked out of the NFL.

  49. rabbdogg says: Mar 27, 2012 4:57 AM

    saints champs in 09..aint NOTHING u can do about it haters

  50. franktherat96 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:01 AM

    @jonny42671

    spoken like a true fan of another team that wishes his team had won the super bowl. there is no evidence that this program won or. lost any games for us in 2009. my guess is you are a falcons fan that knows your team will never sniff a super bowl win. take your asterisk somewhere else.

  51. mulehead70 says: Mar 27, 2012 5:16 AM

    When “Malcolm in the Middle” ended on Fox, I always wondered whatever happened to the Malcolm kid. I never, ever realized that Malcolm ended up coaching the Saints.

  52. r66x says: Mar 27, 2012 5:46 AM

    What is he going to do if he does appeal ….lie about it again?

  53. jenniferxxx says: Mar 27, 2012 6:07 AM

    The guilty always appeal.

  54. really2011 says: Mar 27, 2012 8:10 AM

    Amazing that so many people with poor comprehension continue to type…

    Why would he do that – doesn’t he accept full responsibility?

    See paragraph 3 in the articile you “read”

    Even though an appeal of Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision, which would be heard by Goodell, likely would be futile, there’s a strategic benefit to the Saints. With the suspension due to begin on April 1, Payton could buy some more time by appealing.

    Doesn’t it get added to the end of his suspension?

    See the last sentence stoopid!

    And since the delay due to the appeal undoubtedly wouldn’t be tacked onto the back end of the suspension, there’s nothing to lose by filing an appeal.

    But I do get it – no need to read it’s the Saints let’s jump on the bandwagon.

  55. CKL says: Mar 27, 2012 8:50 AM

    bretvidrine says: Mar 27, 2012 12:23 AM

    @jonny42671

    For gods sake please stop your whining… For everyone who thinks they should take away the trophy or whatever else your idiot mind is coming up with… We Won the freaking Superbowl. Get over it.

    And why isn’t anyone saying the Patriots should have an astrick next to there trophy’s? They got caught cheating! And who knows how many other times it happend. And that’s worse than rewarding your players for making good plays.

    Seriouly, get a life people.

    Who Dat For Life!!!
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    I was going to defend the legitimacy of your team’s championship until I got to paragraph 2. Way to be ignorant.

  56. hugejazz says: Mar 27, 2012 9:13 AM

    Why would he appeal? He’s looking at a sweet deal from either a network or ESPN for next season. The lying bugger won’t miss a check. He’s not being penalized. He’s been given a year long paid sabbatical.

  57. jonny42671 says: Mar 27, 2012 9:27 AM

    @jason and the rest of the who dats or whatever inbread language that is. TAINTED…ASTERISK!!!

  58. stormbrewed says: Mar 27, 2012 10:52 AM

    For all of those who say other teams were/are doing it (bounties), get over it.
    Payton, Loomis and his bunch were told by the league to stop doing it. They continued it for another 2 years. Then, when questioned about it, they lied. On top of that, they were told to not associate with a known felon (Ornstein). They continued to do so – even allowing him into the clubhouse. They even allowed him to donate 5k to Aaron Rodgers’ bounty.
    When caught in their deception via E-mails and witnesses, they finally owned up to their complicity and dishonesty. How do you appeal that?
    Payton is lucky he only received a year’s suspension, he could have received a lifetime ban.
    If Saints owner Benson had any cojones, he would be getting rid of the entire management team beneath him. In any other business, an unscrupulous and crooked management team would have been fired immediately. But, I have a feeling that team owner Benson is not as innocent as he seems. I think he is allowing his management team to take the fall. That’s why no firing has taken place.

    No matter what any Saints fan wants to believe, your SuperBowl trophy will always be remembered as being won by dishonest means – just as much as everyone remembers the Patriots’ cheating during their SuperBowl run.

    Lastly, their is an interesting line of coaching brotherhood that seems to connect teams who have players with histories of illegal and questionable hits. Just connect the dots and you’ll find those coaches that worked under and with the former Saints DC and head coach.

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