Although Sean Payton’s appeal of his season-long suspension isn’t expected to persuade NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, many Saints fans are convinced that their head coach was treated too harshly in the aftermath of the team’s bounty scandal.
New Orleans TV station WWL reports that a group of Saints fans rallied today to send a message to Goodell: They think his punishment was unfair.
“There’s 32 teams in the league and everybody’s done it, and as far as we’re concerned, there’s no reason to have this kind of a suspension for a head coach,” said Keith L’Hoste.
The reality is that there’s no evidence that “everybody’s done” what the Saints did, but the Saints fans who attended the rally are convinced that Goodell gave Payton a raw deal.
“We think the penalties are too harsh. So, I think Goodell needs to reconsider,” Jan Hankins said.
There’s no realistic chance that Goodell will reconsider. But when Payton says, “Our fans back in New Orleans have been amazing,” these are the fans he’s thanking.