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Sean Payton will file appeal of suspension today

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Saints coach Sean Payton has decided to appeal his season-long suspension.

Payton will file that appeal today, NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reports. Payton reportedly will also ask the league office to give him more clarity about how much time he has to prepare his appeal, and will ask to see all the evidence the league office obtained during its investigation.

It’s highly unlikely that Payton will win this appeal. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was the person who handed down the suspension and is the person who will decide the appeal, and when Goodell was asked about the possibility of an appeal at the league meeting, he sounded skeptical that Payton could provide him with any information he didn’t already have at the time that Goodell decided on the suspension.

However, the appeal will buy Payton a little more time: His suspension was slated to begin on Sunday, April 1, but Goodell will allow Payton to keep working until the outcome of the appeal has been determined. That may give Payton more time to convince his buddy Bill Parcells to become the team’s interim head coach this season.

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  1. fijabbersman345 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:16 PM

    Sean Payton: “I’m officially appealing my suspension.”
    Roger Goodell: “Cool, I originally wanted to give you two years, anyways.”

  2. hey804 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:16 PM

    This whole cluster @#$% with the Saints and how Payton is handling it makes me like him more and more.

  3. blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    Wow really? Payton has no honor. Why file an appeal if you accept full responsibility for your actions?

  4. biggerballz says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    as a fan of football i want to say FU payton

  5. profootballwalk says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    If the appeal fails, he should be suspended another year.

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

    I didn’t think he’d be that arrogant. I figured he’d take his medicine and not rock the boat. But apparently not.

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

    Terrible decision. You have already accepted responsibility and apologized, all you get is a worst reputation.

  8. eagleswin says: Mar 30, 2012 1:22 PM

    Not really a surprise, I’m sure this decision was made 10 seconds after the suspension was announced. The indecision on whether to file (at the very last second) is for media consumption only.

    It would be appropriate if he got a call from the league office, today, telling him his appeal is denied.

  9. whodat09 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:22 PM

    Parcells should delay taking the job so that him and Payton can go over organizational decisions. If Parcells takes the job now, he can’t talk to Payton.

  10. seahawks4alltime says: Mar 30, 2012 1:22 PM

    There goes any goodwill he may have had from the general public.

  11. clownsfan says: Mar 30, 2012 1:23 PM

    Take your medicine like a man & be thankful you still have a job. If I was Commissioner I would’ve had you canned. You lying weasel.

  12. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Mar 30, 2012 1:24 PM

    Given the fact that Payton lied to Roger right up until the last few weeks, I think it will take ol’ Roger about 20 seconds to announce “Appeal Denied”. Go stand in the corner Sean, put on your dunce-cap, and pout with your buddies Gregg, Jerrah, and little Dan.

  13. tduhe1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    Great! I hope Sean tells Goodell to go &$;! himself while he’s at it!

  14. herlies says: Mar 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    Just shut up and take it Payton.

    You broke the rules, lied, and got caught.

  15. dcalisto1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:25 PM

    It troubles me that he can’t just take his medicine. Also, I can’t believe he (the Saints) are allowed the option to bring in a HC from the outside. I would think part of the “punishment” the team faces would be to scramble within their organization to make due during the suspension. Perhaps this loophole needs to be addressed. This guy makes me want to puke! I hope Goodell comes down even harder, although he won’t. Just waiting for the player suspensions now. Hit ‘em hard, Roger!!

  16. doe22us says: Mar 30, 2012 1:26 PM

    Sean Payton looks like a smug a-hole, Goodell please give him yet another year.

  17. zyry says: Mar 30, 2012 1:27 PM

    Payton blows!!!!!!!!!!!!! he’s a real stand up guy

  18. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 30, 2012 1:27 PM

    Classless POS. Way to accept, “Full responsibility”. We all know he’s doing this to buy time to get Parcells on board, but it’s still ridiculous and should add another 90 days to his suspension, at the least.

  19. baddegg says: Mar 30, 2012 1:28 PM

    If they give him a break, they are going to have to back down on suspensions on players for harsh hits during the year, Redskins and Cowboys “cap violations,” etc. I don’t see how they can back down on this one case and let everything else just stay status quo.

    On what actual basis is he appealing? Didn’t they already admit to wrongdoing?

  20. ninefingers9 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:28 PM

    Used to like Payton, even though Im a Vikings rube. Now I cant stand him. Not because of what he did to the Vikings, but now he just comes across like a Dick!

  21. chrisritch93 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:29 PM

    Lowlife !

  22. therealhook says: Mar 30, 2012 1:30 PM

    Wow way to take responsibility, sending a great message to kids everywhere.

  23. Puddy says: Mar 30, 2012 1:32 PM

    I’m convinced all you Saints haters are imbeciles. He’s doing what anybody else would do in the same position. You think by using his right to appeal he’s breaking new legal ground here?? Morons

  24. eaglefan1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:33 PM

    He’s got no defense. The only reason he’s appealing is to postpone the start date. He should be suspended pending appeal.

  25. daysend564 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:33 PM

    Gives him time to continue to schmooze Parcells

  26. bleedsoe9mm says: Mar 30, 2012 1:33 PM

    if jones and synder can appeal then why not payton

  27. mrslay1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:34 PM

    Be prepared, As a right in this country everyone must be allowed to face his accusers. This will expose who the “snitch’s” were and this whole thing will begin to get REAL nasty! If he is denied this right you can bet on one more issue the federal gov. will get involved with along with the Cowboy-Redskin cap problem. Like it or not everyone is intitled to their day in court. GODdell is on his way out!!!

  28. kp4lsu says: Mar 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    Why shouldn’t he appeal, go for it Sean. Everybody that’s charged with something if they’re guilty or not pleads not guilty and if they are convicted they appeal it’s human nature. So all you Saints haters get over it and get a life.

  29. saints25 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    an he should>>>>>>>>D.Smith interview.. Obviously, the first word that popped out to me was the word “determine.” I’d much rather that be the word “discuss.” As of yet, they haven’t turned over anything that we would consider to be direct evidence of player involvement in a “pay to injure” scheme that we could consider for discipline. It’s very hard to have a productive discussion about punishment when one side has kept, to itself, all the information.

  30. ampats says: Mar 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    Hopefully Goodell turns down the appeal by 5PM today so that little worm can start his punishment. Nice way to accept responsibilty.

  31. timsmooth says: Mar 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    You guys are so STUPID or y’all just haters you KNOW he’s only appealing to get a little more time so he can handle football affairs & he doesn’t have to CONVINCE Parcells to do anything he said hed take the job if asked…morons. GEAUX Sints!

  32. sdisme says: Mar 30, 2012 1:36 PM

    blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    Wow really? Payton has no honor. Why file an appeal if you accept full responsibility for your actions?

    He didn’t accept full responsibility. He accepted responsibility as the head coach.

    Payton “failed to stop the bounty program” by not exercising proper institutional control.

    Everyone saying he covered it up for the last 2 years has not read all the reports.

  33. breadslicer says: Mar 30, 2012 1:36 PM

    It’s all part of owning it.

  34. bigbillsfan says: Mar 30, 2012 1:36 PM

    It’s just like a baby who gets caught with their hand in the cookie jar. No means No – in regards to coaching for the year!

  35. contra74 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    You already admitted to it now get YOUR ducks in a row and accept the punishment. I hope he gets double the penalty now!

  36. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    And therein lies the problem; a system where the one deciding on if there should be a punishment, also decides what that punishment should be, is the one who hands out the punishment, and ultimately is the one who listens to all appeals.

    Textbook definition of Jude, Jury, and Executioner. Not to mention is also the Appellate Court Judge as well.

  37. vtopa says: Mar 30, 2012 1:37 PM

    People on this site are so immature. Payton is appealing NOT because he thinks he will get off but because he CARES about his team and wants to get some more time to prep the team for his absence. For all those saying that you hate him now for doing this give me a break. You know you hated him before too. So please, shut up. If I had to guess, he probably told Godell that he would file the appeal to get a little more time to prep the team and Godell probably winked and said OK, you’re still getting a year. Hate the guy for all kinds of reasons, but filing the appeal to get some more time (even a week or two) to take care of HIS TEAM is the right thing to do. Don’t go down without a fight.

  38. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 30, 2012 1:38 PM

    I accept full responsibility just not any punishment or consequences. -Payton

  39. peachyc39 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:39 PM

    I think Payton knows that this appeal is not going to do any good. I think he just needs the little bit of extra time so he can have more time to be involved with the decision of the interim coach decision. And those of you that are surprised by his arrogance?? Don’t be…Payton has always been arrogant. That’s what got him in this bad position in the first place.

  40. nfl fan says: Mar 30, 2012 1:40 PM

    Why? How about taking your medicine and take the target off the organization.

    Doesn’t this guy know his arrogance is working against him?

  41. eaglebobby says: Mar 30, 2012 1:40 PM

    baddegg, they won’t give him a break. Goodell has already said the Saints lied about everything including the last few weeks. Payton, that smug, arrogant asswipe, “accepted his responsiblity”, so why is he appealing–furthermorre, why is the league office allowing it, since he publicly went on record with the media to accept said responsibility?

  42. cakemixa says: Mar 30, 2012 1:41 PM

    Lol, I wonder if you dorks would be against your team’s coach if he were in their shoes.

  43. RavenzGunnerz says: Mar 30, 2012 1:41 PM

    Ok, Sean. Your suspension will be reduced by 50% if, the “Saints” change their name from next year.

  44. dvdman123 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:42 PM

    Payton would be STUPID not to appeal. Oh and contrary to what the writer stated in the above article I don’t think Payton has to convince Parcells to do anything. He pretty much has said that if the Saints want him to coach he will…end of story.

  45. patsaintsbroncoscheat says: Mar 30, 2012 1:43 PM

    mrslay1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:34 PM

    Be prepared, As a right in this country everyone must be allowed to face his accusers. This will expose who the “snitch’s” were and this whole thing will begin to get REAL nasty! If he is denied this right you can bet on one more issue the federal gov. will get involved with along with the Cowboy-Redskin cap problem. Like it or not everyone is intitled to their day in court. GODdell is on his way out!!!
    ____________________________
    You would be correct if this were a criminal trial and maybe it should be. However the NFL will never willingly give the name of the “snitches” willingly. Goodell should double the penalty for even trying to appeal. Goodell is awesome!

  46. jennifercannon2121 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:45 PM

    Now every one of ya’ll know that every team in the NFL does what some of these players did and their coaches are still coaching along. Sean Payton is being used as an example. I can’t wait to make it to the Superbowl in the SuperDome in our own backyard even with Goodell trying to knock us down!! Sean Payton, the Who Dat Nation loves your will and drive and we will always respect and love you!! Who Dat 4 life!!

  47. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Mar 30, 2012 1:45 PM

    take it like a man payton!! go away!! u did it now be man enough to pay the price!!

  48. drbob117 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:45 PM

    He was a scab QB in the 1987 strike, you can’t expect that his character would have changed much since then.

  49. neemdaddy13 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:46 PM

    Extend it Goodell… Give him two years for being dumber I originally thought. He just doesn’t get it. Scumbag

  50. dfwbillsfan14221 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:47 PM

    Mr Payton,
    Don’t do the crime
    If you can’t do the time.

    Sincerely,
    Football Fans Everywhere

  51. xxwhodatxx says: Mar 30, 2012 1:47 PM

    Why not appeal? Doesn’t matter if the outcome is the same it just gives him more time to get the team ready. Are you people that dumb?

  52. Puddy says: Mar 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    eaglefan1 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:33 PM

    He’s got no defense. The only reason he’s appealing is to postpone the start date. He should be suspended pending appeal.

    Yea IDIOT, don’t give him the same due process that most felons get.

  53. electionconfidential says: Mar 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    Just dragging it out. Another classless move by Payton and the Saints. I hope the Commissioner reviews the evidence then extends the suspension indefinitely.

  54. golfnutt67 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:48 PM

    Payton dude you are just pissing into the wind hope you enjoy it because you deserve it.

  55. wetpaperbag3 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:51 PM

    timsmooth says: Mar 30, 2012 1:35 PM

    You guys are so STUPID or y’all just haters you KNOW he’s only appealing to get a little more time so he can handle football affairs & he doesn’t have to CONVINCE Parcells to do anything he said hed take the job if asked…morons. GEAUX Sints!
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    Improper grammar, text, lack of punctuations, and civility…who is the stupid moron here?

  56. joesphkerr says: Mar 30, 2012 1:51 PM

    As a Ravens fan I can not stand the Steelers but I do respect them as a team and rival. With this appeal by Payton, I have come to dispise the Saints a heck of a lot more then my dislike for the Steelers. I hope that all of the Saints players involved in this get to join Payton by taking this coming season off without pay.

  57. rmc1995 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    He’s appealing an unprecedented punishment for a coach who broke the rules. An appeal makes sense especially since the last coach who broke the rules didn’t get close to the punishment Payton received. Keep Goodell from explaining his actions and large suspensions become the norm.

  58. letmesetyoustraight says: Mar 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    Just because he accpted the responsibility does not mean he cannot appeal the punishment, which many believe is excessive.

  59. mialto says: Mar 30, 2012 1:52 PM

    Mr Accountability died ages ago…no surprise here.

  60. wayupsouth says: Mar 30, 2012 1:54 PM

    Y’all have got to get over yourselves. He’s buying time. He knows he’s gonna get denied. He wants more time to get things in order, then he’ll do his time.

    Honestly….y’all make it sound like his DC was using a children’s charity to lure kids into a shower so he could rape ‘em or something…

  61. paulienuts says: Mar 30, 2012 1:54 PM

    What is WRONG with you people? YOU wouldn’t “take your medicine like a man” if you knew you didn’t do what you are being accused of. So why would SP?

    NO ONE made any admissions for “bounties” placed on ANYONE with the intent to seriously injure a player. What they admitted to was a pay for performance system that was in place in just about every locker room. Yes, he said, it was wrong and he took full responsibility for what was happening and is willing to “take his lumps”.

    But all this fire and brimstone aimed at the coaches, FO and the whole city of New Orleans? I don’t think so. SP – or anyone for that matter – has not even SEEN the “evidence”. He has a RIGHT to see the evidence.

    It’s useless to try to explain to you dunderheads that Payton is a brilliant coach who is still working. He’s putting his team in a position to win in 2012. He’s buying time – it’s his right, he’s finding a coach – it’s the team’s right, he will work right up until the last minute for the team, for the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, it’s their right. We wouldn’t want it any other way. If he was your coach, YOU wouldn’t want it any other way either.

  62. franktherat96 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:55 PM

    Take a look at it this way. While he probably will not have his suspension reduced, take a look at it from his point of view. He still needs to get his team ready for the season without him. By filing the appeal, and also asking for clarification it gives him some extra time to get everything together. If you were in the same situation you would be lying if you say you would not use this as an opportunity for a little extra time to get everything ready. Some of you are so locked into hating Sean Payton you can’t see the logic behind this.

  63. ericn42000 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:55 PM

    Good Luck!!!! He shouldn’t be allowed to coach in this league!!!!! He needs fired!!!

  64. godofwine330 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:56 PM

    That’s like asking the cop to rescend your speeding ticket. That only works if the cop is Frank Drebin of Police Squad. Fat chance at getting anything reduced with the guy that one clueless owner said could commish for the next 30 years.

  65. admahadevan says: Mar 30, 2012 1:56 PM

    He’s not being arrogant or not taking responsibility. I guarantee you he has no intention of actually winning this thing he’s just buying time to help the team out with the draft and finding a replacement because loomis needs his help with drafting.

  66. slew55 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:58 PM

    I agree with the year long suspension, but not without pay. That equates to an 8 million dollar fine which I suspect is far higher than anyone in league history has ever received-players or owners. If it were me, the point I would be appealing more than the time would be the money side of it. What I think is more reasonable is the year long suspension with pay and a two million dollar fine. Payton and Benson could then work out among themselves what one year with no work is worth and put the two mil in the player retirement fund.

  67. chasec says: Mar 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    i love payton more after all of this. If he would have come after the fact, and oversold the apology, we all would have known it was fake anyway. and that’s what most coaches would do.

    instead, he said he accepts the responsibility as the head coach, and that’s pretty much it. perfect for me. I know you aren’t sorry for allowing the bounties, nor should you be sorry for allowing the same thing that every coach in every locker room allows. so please don’t patronize me with a half-hearted apology ( see Micheal Vick )

    Getting Parcells would be a great FU to the Goodell for his ridiculously long suspension. I love it.

  68. terripet says: Mar 30, 2012 2:00 PM

    don’t waste your time, you should kicked out of the leauge

  69. delmonte55 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:02 PM

    He should appeal. Those are the rules and the length of the suspension was way over the line!
    I love how everyone (including the writers of this site) preach about the rules, but when it goes against their opinions….what rules?

  70. nastynati513 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:07 PM

    the saints need tebow

  71. theservice10 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:07 PM

    Since when does accepting responsibility mean you have to accept the full punishment if the punishment doesnt fit the crime?

    If Goodell banned him for life, should he also just accept it? This whole thing has been thrown out of proportion. Someone else needs to do the suspending so appeals go to Goodell or vice versa. Soon he’ll be the next tyrant ala David Stern.

  72. shotgunn63 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:07 PM

    By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community. Go Saints!! LOL

  73. saildawg1930 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:08 PM

    I am amazed at most of these posts. If you read the article, one of the reasons for the appeal is to see the evidence against him. The man accused and convicted has yet to see any evidence. Therefore, its impossible that any of you clowns have seen any actual evidence. So, you have convicted and sentenced him based on the word of Kommisar Goodell who is known for his arbitrary enforcment policies. Of course, the media is just as bad. I see there is no mention on this site of the DeMaurice Smith interview where he indicates that the NFLPA has yet to see any evidence implicating the first player, or anyone else for that matter.

  74. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 30, 2012 2:10 PM

    For filing an appeal he should get 2 years!

  75. superjroch says: Mar 30, 2012 2:12 PM

    I am glad he’s appealing. Hopefully this gives Goodell more time to come to the conclusion that he should actually banned for life.

  76. jonny42671 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:14 PM

    What a punk

  77. musicman495 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:15 PM

    I am sure that this concept will escape most of the geniuses here, but this decision to appeal has nothing to do with an attempt by Payton to escape responsibility or have his punishment reduced. He is simply taking advantage of his right to an appeal (which any player or coach would have), allowing him more time to get the team’s affairs in order, and clarify the terms of his suspension. It is no different than a criminal defendant pleading not guilty to preserve his rights, when everyone saw him commit the crime.

    And since NO COACH has EVER been suspended this long for ANY REASON in the 75+ year HISTORY of the National Football League, what harm would it do if the penalty were also reduced by a month?

  78. smirk11 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:16 PM

    Once again the idiocy on these talkbacks rears its ugly head.

    OF COURSE he’s going to appeal. You would appeal. I would appeal. Every player that get’s suspended appeals. Every player or coach that gets fined appeals.

    Him not appealing does him NO good. He just accepts the league’s arbitrary decision. If he DOES appeal, he gets more time to work with his team, AND he gets a chance to review the evidence and formulate a defense that gets his time reduced.

    The real sham, and the real outrage from these talkbackers should be about the NFL’s ridiculous appeals process…he should be appealing to an independent arbitrator, not the one man Judge, Jury and Executioner that is Roger Goodell.

    Save your outrage for that bit of ridiculousness, because guess what? One day one of YOUR favorite player, GM or coach will get fined or suspended and Das Fuhrer Goodell will be the man making the call, and no one else.

  79. blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:16 PM

    sdisme says: Mar 30, 2012 1:36 PM

    blacknole08 says: Mar 30, 2012 1:17 PM

    Wow really? Payton has no honor. Why file an appeal if you accept full responsibility for your actions?

    He didn’t accept full responsibility. He accepted responsibility as the head coach.

    ——————————————————

    He still accepted responsibility. And once you accept responsibility for something you are basically holding yourself accountable for whatever penalty is imposed. It’s a slap in the face and just shows he is dishonest, lacks integrity, and for the lack of a better term, a coward.

  80. tropicpurple says: Mar 30, 2012 2:20 PM

    What a sad world we live in when the so-called ‘snitch’ is the bad-guy. Or, the judge and jury (Rodger) rather than the perps! Not accepting the punishment is not accepting responsibility.

    What a tool this guys is and anybody else who supports him or doesn’t blame him for what he allowed.

  81. really2011 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:22 PM

    So kind of like regular people getting a speeding ticket and hiring a lawyer to get it reduced to Improper Equipment.

    1. Speed – Check
    2. Get Caught – Check
    3. Make up a flimsy excuse or lie – Check
    4. Get a ticket anyway – Check
    5. Hire a lawyer and look for a loophole – Check

    Oh never mind, no one on here has done that.

    This is so stupid, you can absoultely accept responsibility for the crime but look for an opportunity to reduce the penalty.

    Or maybe the process allows him to keep working until he is again told no, giving him more time to solidify the 2012 approach. Or in a perfect world, Goodell is more pissed about Parcells than Payton and reduces to 12 games or so which allows Payton to come back. Who knows but worth a shot – he is already suspended the whole year.

    So reminder to the self-righteous, don’t hire attorneys when caught doing something wrong – just go to jail and take it, regardless of the crime!

  82. mark0226 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:22 PM

    Taking responsibility is not the same as accepting the punishment metered out by the commissioner. He said he takes responsibilities for his actions, but does not agree that his actions justifies a full year suspension. Many others agree with him and were surprised by the punishment. Appealing is a normal part of the process. Players do it all the time and get their fines reduced, so why should Payton not be allowed to to the same?

  83. chawk12thman says: Mar 30, 2012 2:24 PM

    Good move. See evidence, mull over response, buy time to get the team ready for your absence and the Draft. No downside as the suspension will only run until the end of the season regardless on when it gets started.

    Totally expected and understandable. Next……

  84. LSUSaint76 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:26 PM

    All you people bashing Payton for appealing – if you were suspended from your job for breaking a policy for any amount of time without pay and had the opportunity to appeal – would you appeal, yes you would. Stop acting like you’re some perfect angel.

    He’s not trying to dodge responsibility – he’s doing what any other coach, and yes that means your favorite teams coach would do in the exact same situation.

  85. saintsvstheworld says: Mar 30, 2012 2:26 PM

    Besides Loomis, Payton and Brees…Bounty=best thing to ever happen to the Saints. You’re about to find out what happens as a result of Saints Vs The World…Who Dat Nation will have the last laugh on the matter…watch and see!

  86. bayoubauer says: Mar 30, 2012 2:28 PM

    He knows his suspension will stand. HE IS DOING THIS TO BUY TIME, THAT IS ALL.

    Bunch of dumbasses that don’t get that.

    Goodell will be handing the Lombardi to Parcells, Benson, & Loomis.

  87. sophandros says: Mar 30, 2012 2:29 PM

    My earlier post was deleted. Here’s what I said:

    La Canfora also reported that “To this point Payton and Gregg Williams have not seen full reports filed against them”…

  88. beamen321 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:34 PM

    Slightly off topic, but say they reduce Payton’s suspension to 12 games, could the Saints get around the Rooney Rule by naming Parcells the interim HC?

  89. glac1 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:35 PM

    I agree with Payton. He should beg for a longer suspension. Realistically he should be banned for life.

  90. glynners says: Mar 30, 2012 2:36 PM

    I’d appeal to if hadnt been allowed to see the actual evidence against me. I’d actually like this to go to court, Goodell would get screwed

  91. jackers252 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:38 PM

    Aww, it’s so cute how many people’s feelings are hurt over this.

    Don’t take it personal, it will be ok.

  92. jason1980 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:41 PM

    Most posters here are too short sighted to see that one day the shoe is gonna be on the other foot, and Goddell will have their team in the bull’s eye. We’ll see how they like the appeals process then. The Saints are handling this entire situation like pros. All Parcells has to do is bring us a winning playoffs team, and somebody will get a specially selected finger from Who Dat Nation. Can’t wait for the season to start. Be very haters!

  93. athleticmedic says: Mar 30, 2012 2:44 PM

    Figures Payton would try to manipulate a football issue! Isn’t that what got him in trouble in the first place with the bounties?

    Unfortunately, Payton (and the Saint fans who condone this) look all the worse for it!

  94. smirk11 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:45 PM

    Another thing to factor in:

    Several media outlets have reported that as of today, Sean Payton has yet to be able to review virtually any of the “evidence” of the allegations against him.

    That’s right, the NFL can say “You’re punished. Now…just accept it, don’t look at that!”

    ANYONE should have a right to review the evidence regarding sanctions taken against them, and have the right to refute that supposed evidence.

  95. drozman says: Mar 30, 2012 2:46 PM

    What happens if it is reduced to a 8-12 game suspension, but the interim dude is in first place by several games…10-2 or 9-3? Maybe he can get himself fired by winning the appeal. Is that why he wants an old guy taking over that wouldn’t want to keep the job. Recouping some salary this year is the only point unless it gets reduced to 4-6 games.

  96. shaggytoodle says: Mar 30, 2012 2:48 PM

    eagleswin says:Mar 30, 2012 1:22 PM

    Not really a surprise, I’m sure this decision was made 10 seconds after the suspension was announced. The indecision on whether to file (at the very last second) is for media consumption only.
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    Actually he probably waited til today, because Goodell may not “work” the weekend allowing him to hang around for a few more days until his appeal is heard.

    Of course this also assuming its like players appealing suspensions, that get to play until thier appeal is heard.

  97. giantsfan2104 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:50 PM

    Puddy says:
    Mar 30, 2012 1:32 PM
    I’m convinced all you Saints haters are imbeciles. He’s doing what anybody else would do in the same position. You think by using his right to appeal he’s breaking new legal ground here?? Morons
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    Why would you appeal your sentence after pleading guilty to the initial offense? Sean Payton is NOT helping himself in this situation.

  98. jpb12 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:51 PM

    Looks like his publicist issued an apology prematurely.

    Payton needs more time to find a ‘mechanic’ to deal with Goodell.

    Jimmy the Nose – coming to collect his Bounty

  99. Nicholas Tredway says: Mar 30, 2012 2:52 PM

    This is America, let him appeal.

    Every second this “scandal” is the top NFL news story, the more ridiculous the Saints organization appears.

    If Tom Benson was a shrewd businessman, he’d fire everyone between himself and the players.

    It’s called damage control and he’s failing miserably at it.

    I personally am loving every minute of this.

  100. hey804 says: Mar 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    This reminds me of when Payton threw a challenge flag towards the end of a game when every annoucer and even people in the nose bleeds knew the play would not be overturned. But Payton knew that he’d get more time from a challenge than from a time out to rest his defense, which he did and they came up with a big play to seal the game. He knows it’s not getting overturned. It’s just strategy, you mouth breathers.

  101. ascensionparish says: Mar 30, 2012 2:53 PM

    The appeal of his suspension doesn’t supercede his acceptance of responsibility. It means he doesn’t think his punishment is just. That’s his right. What’s wrong with NFL fans these days? So thin-skinned and sensitive and full of the self-righteousness that accompanies the anonymity of sites like this.

  102. bucwild05 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:00 PM

    Does anyone have any skittles?

  103. mikelitoris1 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:04 PM

    Those squinty eyes and curled up lips give Payton a face only John Fox’s mother could love.

  104. jhumbe says: Mar 30, 2012 3:09 PM

    Why am I picturing RG drooling with a bib and steak knives behind him?

  105. assassins14 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:16 PM

    I wonder how much Jimmy Graham got for taking Payton out on the sidelines…

  106. propertyofthebroncos says: Mar 30, 2012 3:21 PM

    I will never be able to have respect for him or anyone involved with this organization ever again.

  107. deeppurple23 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:23 PM

    Hey Sean, there’s this email with an outside guy stating he’s giving $5,000 to the bounty pool. mob/gambling/illegal. Take your pick, you should be suspended for life.

  108. ronin36 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:31 PM

    I think there are two reasons he’s appealing.

    1. In the slight chance it gets reduced.
    2. Parcells is indeed leaning NOT to coach.

    Emphasis on the latter. Bill Parcells is the master of leverage, and will play this out to wrangle some extra $$ from somebody.

    But in the end, he’ll probably take a million or something to be a consultant. Help the team through the draft, etcetera. But not actually coach.

    That way, he gets a bit more money he can’t possibly hope to spend, still be on schedule to get inducted in the HOF, and from a PR perspective, look like a great guy “helping his friend.”

    But to be bluntly honest, if there wasn’t any potential money to be had. This would have been dead a long time before it even started.

  109. cowboycjn says: Mar 30, 2012 3:35 PM

    It’s highly unlikely that Payton will win this appeal.
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    Do you really think he expects to win the appeal?? Are you that naive? As for those questioniong why appeal if he’s already guilty – isn’t that the same as murders and criminals confess they are quilty then plea innocnet in court when the hearing comes up?
    It seems to be the way America operates.

  110. jimw81 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:51 PM

    “Payton reportedly will also ask the league office to give him more clarity about how much time he has to prepare his appeal, and will ask to see all the evidence the league office obtained during its investigation.”

    You LIED THREE TIMES to the NFL moron. The NFL should start to fining Tom Benson

  111. purplegreenandgold says: Mar 30, 2012 4:04 PM

    drozman says: Mar 30, 2012 2:46 PM

    What happens if it is reduced to a 8-12 game suspension, but the interim dude is in first place by several games…10-2 or 9-3? Maybe he can get himself fired by winning the appeal. Is that why he wants an old guy taking over that wouldn’t want to keep the job. Recouping some salary this year is the only point unless it gets reduced to 4-6 games.
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    thats funny i remember jimmy carter calling ronald reagan an old guy in a debate. reagans’ reply was “U” see an old guy, “america” sees experience. maybe payton and RG already have something in place that even pft dont know. but basically it gives him more time to close loose ends before suspension starts.

  112. sdisme says: Mar 30, 2012 4:08 PM

    jimw81 says: Mar 30, 2012 3:51 PM
    You LIED THREE TIMES to the NFL moron. The NFL should start to fining Tom Benson

    Where are you getting your facts? In the memo to the owners Payton’s role was that he lost institutional control.

  113. thecrazyasianinseccountry says: Mar 30, 2012 4:13 PM

    Payton for President!!! Who Dat Baby!!!!

  114. sloppydogg says: Mar 30, 2012 4:21 PM

    Yes baby just like Sean Payton to pull a ace from up his sleeve. May i say 6 game suspension coming our way go go go go saints

  115. stevemdlthn says: Mar 30, 2012 4:23 PM

    I can smell the fear in your comments….. Damn shame The NFL headquaters won’t be able to stop the ass whoopn the NFC has coming this year. My buddy Roger is making the rules up as he goes. I recently ran across an article on the Saints punishment and the direction the league is moving that affects all of us. Written by very hot Steph Stradley, a Houston lawyer. Fire Goodell……….

  116. infectorman says: Mar 30, 2012 4:31 PM

    Maybe Goodell should tell him he’ll reduce the punishment to an equally unprecedented 1/2-season suspension…

    You know, Lie to him…

  117. sloppydogg says: Mar 30, 2012 4:34 PM

    No fear here my good buddy the fact is we are still a great team and don’t you or the NFC South forget it.

  118. cags777 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    Payton’s ego is getting ahead of him. He should just accept the fact that he oversaw a bounty program, lied about it, continued to run it for two more seasons, and the lied about it again. Besides, Saints fans, Payton has already shown he doesn’t care about your, the Saints organization, or the city of New Orleans. Sean Payton only cares about Sean Payton. Why else would he be trying to have Bill Parcells fill in for the 2012 season?

  119. saintsly says: Mar 30, 2012 4:36 PM

    After reading ALL of the responces on this subject, It is very appearant that you want Payton gone for good. Not because of anything he’s done or not done but rather what he will do to your teams if and when he comes back. If the evidence is weak against him (No body knows at this point) he could be exonerated and coach this year. He does have representation in this mater and as in all Judicial matters, It’s the prosecutors job to prove guilt and it cannot be circumstantial evidence and must prove without a doubt. I truely believe Goodells evidence is without merit and Sean Payton will be coaching this season.

  120. rugdog100 says: Mar 30, 2012 4:43 PM

    He and Loomis were so quick to say: “I take full responsibility”. Does the dumba$$ understand what that means? It means you’re admitting it’s YOUR FAULT. LOL! People throw that statement around like it means nothing, but with that statement you’re accepting a full measure of punishment.

  121. firstandonlywarning says: Mar 30, 2012 4:46 PM

    Payton and the Saints are going to regret this.

    Open the flood gates NFL
    Tell everyone everything about what was going on and destroy Payton and the Saints.

    They asked for it

  122. mlmeier says: Mar 30, 2012 4:53 PM

    People aren’t understanding this appeal. Payton does take full responsibility and does fully expect the one year suspension to be upheld, but the appeal gives him a little extra time to choose his replacement for the season. It’s not a “dishonorable” or “hypocritical” move by any means—it’s a logical and somewhat necessary tactic for the sake of the franchise. The appeal should bear no influence on your views toward Sean Payton, whether positive or negative.

  123. chestpaine says: Mar 30, 2012 5:27 PM

    Sean Payton is an arrogant fool! He and the Aints do not deserve the Lombardi trophy they won. Not with playing the game with the intention of causing injury. This is not what the NFL stands for. We do not deserve this as loyal fans. Shame on you Sean Payton and the Aints! Go to Hell!

  124. stormbrewed says: Mar 30, 2012 5:31 PM

    Couple of points:

    1) This is not a court of law. The commisioner is empowered by the league owners to uphold league rules and regulations. If you agree to be employed by a league team, then you are bound by its rules.
    2) If Payton delays his suspension and it is decided down the road that the suspension will be upheld at a year, the suspension will not only start later but will end later – means next year could be even worse in the long run – could extend into the following season.
    3) Any owner with a shred of integrity would have fired his management team by now. I suspect Benson was in on it.

    The upoming commisioner’s findings on the Saint’s players might be harsh

  125. orcheon says: Mar 30, 2012 5:41 PM

    Wow really? Payton has no honor. Why file an appeal if you accept full responsibility for your actions?
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    He’s saying that he believes the punishment is too hard on him.

    He’s responsible for the actions of his assistants, but he did not put into place a bounty system. Then again, he’s not suspended indefinitely as Gregg Williams is.

    He’s probably just filing to give himself a few extra days before his suspension kicks in. It would normally kick in Sunday, but I don’t believe the league has an appeals process on the weekend, so earliest ruling would be Monday.

  126. iberiasaint says: Mar 30, 2012 5:49 PM

    On getting his suspension removed: Peyton probably has a better chance of getting struck by lightning while riding a unicorn on a rainbow and talking to a 15 foot tall, dancing kitten wearing a leisure suit made out of living butterflies about whom would win in an cage wrestling match between Bigfoot & the Abominable Snowman if they were both covered in crazy glue and thumbtacks & their feet bound by cobras, but who knows. Maybe the suspensions will be reduced. WHO DAT

  127. laserw says: Mar 30, 2012 8:51 PM

    I hope the NFL throws the book at this jerk – let him experience a lifetime ban. This idiot lied to the NFL repeatedly and deserves nothing – absolutely nothing. I hope his career is ruined and the only job he can get now is to shove cowpies.

  128. Deb says: Mar 30, 2012 10:17 PM

    He has a right to appeal. But I wish it were like the Italian criminal courts where his appeal could result in a stiffer penalty. I used to respect this guy. Well, the e-mails PROVE he PERSONALLY took money from a convicted felon to bypass the salary cap and run an illegal bounty program aimed at doing serious injury to players from other teams.

    Instead of being thankful that the league isn’t touching his Super Bowl or wondering what was in it for the felon, all he cares about is getting his face on FOX rather than serving a true suspension, whining about his sentence, or appealing. I’d tell him to man up, but you can up what you ain’t got.

  129. rabbdogg says: Mar 30, 2012 11:45 PM

    sean payton says..”hi haters!”

  130. fusion3450 says: Mar 31, 2012 1:11 AM

    Deb says:
    Mar 30, 2012 10:17 PM
    He has a right to appeal. But I wish it were like the Italian criminal courts where his appeal could result in a stiffer penalty. I used to respect this guy. Well, the e-mails PROVE he PERSONALLY took money from a convicted felon to bypass the salary cap and run an illegal bounty program aimed at doing serious injury to players from other teams.

    Instead of being thankful that the league isn’t touching his Super Bowl or wondering what was in it for the felon, all he cares about is getting his face on FOX rather than serving a true suspension, whining about his sentence, or appealing. I’d tell him to man up, but you can up what you ain’t got.

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    because you’ve seen these emails? thats one of the biggest problems. nobody knows any facts. they all say whatever they want to believe. he’s not whining either. he’s trying to buy some time to get things in order and maybe get through the draft. what coach wouldn’t do the same? we know the suspension will stand. the league would have had no right “touching” his super bowl. they DID NOT CHEAT. entirely too much ignorance on this site

  131. fusion3450 says: Mar 31, 2012 1:23 AM

    chestpaine says:
    Mar 30, 2012 5:27 PM
    Sean Payton is an arrogant fool! He and the Aints do not deserve the Lombardi trophy they won. Not with playing the game with the intention of causing injury. This is not what the NFL stands for. We do not deserve this as loyal fans. Shame on you Sean Payton and the Aints! Go to Hell!

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    you said it all right there though…the lombardi trophy they WON!!!!!!

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