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No Saints player punishments this week

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The Saints and teams employing former members of the Saints defense will enter the draft without knowing whether their players will be suspended for any portion of the 2012 season.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday that the league is still doing interviews and will not complete them in time to hand down any decisions this week. During a media session in New York, Goodell said that the investigation is in the final stages and he hopes it will be completed soon.

Although there had been reports earlier this week that the penalties could be forthcoming, the delay isn’t particularly surprising. The league likely has no interest in creating a story that takes any thunder away from the draft, especially one that casts the league in a negative light.

Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com reports that penalties could come early next week and that the NFLPA believes that there will be severe penalties for one or two players on the Saints defense. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma, accused of putting up a $10,000 bounty on Brett Favre, could be one of those players. Per Freeman, the union will fight the penalties.

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  1. jenniferxxx says: Apr 25, 2012 4:06 PM

    The Commish can’t keep pace with expanding demand.

  2. bchapman2011 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:08 PM

    This is suprising…….Despite what the Saints have done, I thought the NFL would hand down punishments prior to the draft. That way the Saints would be able to alter their draft accordingly. I do however understand the NFL’s stance. They do not want any negative issues coming out this week. This is the players being drafted week to shine.

  3. blacknole08 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:08 PM

    I bet there is ominous music playing in the backgound behind Goodell in that pic.

  4. flannlv says: Apr 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    Of course not. Petty and vindictive are two words that come to mind. As a Saints fan I wouldn’t expect anything else. However, what about players who might be suspended that aren’t on the team any longer and are playing for other teams? That’s when the uproar will begin. Hey CLE and GB, I am looking at you.

  5. thingamajig says: Apr 25, 2012 4:10 PM

    Translation: the NFL is still awaiting NFLPA approval.

  6. unitedstateoftexas says: Apr 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    Saints, uhh….you might wanna go all D in the draft tomorrow. You know, just in case.

  7. musicman495 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:12 PM

    Great Roger. How about being REALLY fair and waiting until just before the first regular season game?

  8. NationalFlagFootballLeague says: Apr 25, 2012 4:15 PM

    We can handle that. 11-5 NFC SOUTH CHAMPS AGAIN

  9. dvdman123 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:17 PM

    I see Goodell is still sticking to the Saints…….I’m sure he’ll get a heroes welcome when he comes to New Orleans for the Super Bowl.

  10. jasonvining says: Apr 25, 2012 4:18 PM

    By not issuing the player punishments before the draft, the Saints now have no way to fill any empty spots left by the suspensions through the draft. Way to pile it on, commish.

    And to all of you idiots who are going to say that it’s the union’s fault, well Goodell said today that he’s not waiting on a recommendation on punishment from the union. So shut up.

  11. cutlerinception69 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:20 PM

    Commish God-ell punishes the Saints some more by failing to let them know who will be on their roster come September. Good luck drafting, New Orleans.

    Was the Commissioner the OTL source for these new Saints allegations??

  12. blacksaint213 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:24 PM

    jasonvining says By not issuing the player punishments before the draft, the Saints now have no way to fill any empty spots left by the suspensions through the draft. Way to pile it on, commish.
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    Hey Jason not so smart person. If you know anything about football do you actually think the Saints organization do know the players who are involved and who may get suspendend. Please dude save the crap.

  13. bchapman2011 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:24 PM

    jasonvining says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:18 PM
    By not issuing the player punishments before the draft, the Saints now have no way to fill any empty spots left by the suspensions through the draft. Way to pile it on, commish.

    And to all of you idiots who are going to say that it’s the union’s fault, well Goodell said today that he’s not waiting on a recommendation on punishment from the union. So shut up.

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    Trust me the Saints have a pretty good idea regarding who is going to get suspended. Keep in mind the NFLPA is being counseled on this issue. Don’t you think they have already leaked to the Saints the players and their potential length of suspension to the Saints. This will not affect the Saints as much as everybody thinks.

  14. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 4:26 PM

    As someone who isn’t a fan of the Saints, I highly expect the former Saints players that are on other teams to be suspended as well if they were involved. Would not be fair any other way and would cause a ridiculous backlash.

  15. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    My theory is also that the NFL up’d the roster to 90 this year to try and help the Saints slightly, since they plan on suspending a fairly large group of players.

  16. doe22us says: Apr 25, 2012 4:28 PM

    Does Drew Brees still need clarification?

  17. iberiasaint says: Apr 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    No evidence of bounty being cared out. Evidence of players being rewarded for turnovers, big legal hits, etc. If a hit does not draw a pentalty, how is that a bounty hit? This team should get punished for breaking rules, not stopping the program (paying for big legal hits/turnovers) and the lies about the program. The coaches telling players to go after heads and ACL’s did NOT result in those behaviors. This team is probably about average or slightly below when compared to others in pentalies/personal fouls. How about some video evidence of illegal hit that are “bounty hits”. Every play is taped. Still waiting for evidence….. Look at other teams and you will see the same hits, every team, repeat, every team. Saint, accept the consequences for what you did wrong, and move on.

  18. alonestartexan says: Apr 25, 2012 4:33 PM

    Do you idiots REALLY think the Saints would waste an entire draft to replace guys that may be suspended for anywhere from 4-16 games ?

    Get over it, they won’t waste their picks to replace players that WILL be back.

  19. bchapman2011 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:37 PM

    moagecu says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:28 PM
    My theory is also that the NFL up’d the roster to 90 this year to try and help the Saints slightly, since they plan on suspending a fairly large group of players.
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    The 90 man roster only applies to off season and preseason. The regular seaon roster is still 53 players. The roster increase is intended to give more undrafted free agents a chance at making it in the NFL. This increase will not help the Saints.

  20. sirhulka says: Apr 25, 2012 4:37 PM

    Saints fans, you know this much. You aren’t the Patriots, so the hammer is coming down! While I agree the punishment should be with the utmost severity, I am interested to see how the whole “Spygate II” turns out. The punishment put on the Patriots set a piss poor precedent. But hey, that’s the Patriots.

  21. bombacim says: Apr 25, 2012 4:38 PM

    I love this. The NFL hate’s the saints just as bad as god and G.W. hate New Orleans. How’s it going for you chocolate city? Thankful you all got a much needed bath a couple years ago.

  22. hugejazz says: Apr 25, 2012 4:43 PM

    LOVE this.

    Petty? Vindictive some may say?

    So?

    Eat Sh…oestrings Aints fans.

  23. sdisme says: Apr 25, 2012 4:45 PM

    This helps the Saints. They are not drafting to replace suspended players. They don’t have a pick until the 3rd round.

    If I’m a UDFA defensive player after the draft and I have a couple of teams that want to sign me, I’m definitely choosing the Saints.

    More chances to make the team.

  24. jasonvining says: Apr 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    Hey blacksaint213, you sound like a babbling idiot.
    So even if the Saints know the players likely to get suspended, by not knowing for certain if they will be suspended and for how long, how does this knowledge help them at all? I guess you’re saying they should draft defensive players to take the places of certain guys that MAY be suspended for an unknown amount of time. Then if it turns out that some of these guys will only miss a couple of games or none at all, what then you moron?

  25. ilovefoolsball says: Apr 25, 2012 4:49 PM

    doe22us says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:28 PM
    Does Drew Brees still need clarification?
    _____
    Do you still recycle old, stale jokes from the 80’s at dinner parties and get confused why no one ever laughs with you?

  26. Wisconsin77 says: Apr 25, 2012 4:51 PM

    The Saints don’t deserve a quick response, or one before the draft. Let those punks wallow in uncertainty.

  27. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 4:53 PM

    iberiasaint says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:31 PM

    Am play can still be illegal if it isnt flagged during a game. Remember how the NFL fined the Saints players $40,000 after the NFC Championship game for illegal hits that were missed during the game?

  28. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 4:56 PM

    bchapman2011 says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:37 PM

    Agreed, but it gives each team more players to look at during that time. Which could be a benefit to the Saints since they may be missing many players.

  29. chawk12thman says: Apr 25, 2012 5:01 PM

    I can understand the NFLPA saying it will adequately represent the players who get disciplined and will be prepared to fight any unjust penalties. I can’t understand the blanket statement that they intend to fight w/o knowing what corrective action the Commissioner will ultimately be imposing.

  30. nolarules says: Apr 25, 2012 5:03 PM

    Figured when he didn’t announce last Friday that we were still a few weeks out as he was not going to drop this bomb during draft week. My question is this: when he does drop down the punishments, is he going to bother releasing his evidence as well? Or is he going to have another evidence burning party once his judgement is handed down? I am guessing the evidence burning route will be the one he chooses since we are yet to see all of these plays that prove the players were looking to injure everyone on the opposite side of the field and King GODell answers to no one

  31. iberiasaint says: Apr 25, 2012 5:05 PM

    Moagecu: What you say is true, but look at all of the fines that defensive players from other team received. Seems like these hits that caused fines were spread across the league and were not specific for any one team. There were a couple of multiple offenders, but they were not Saints.

  32. nolarules says: Apr 25, 2012 5:13 PM

    bombacim says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:38 PM
    I love this. The NFL hate’s the saints just as bad as god and G.W. hate New Orleans. How’s it going for you chocolate city? Thankful you all got a much needed bath a couple years ago.

    —————————————-
    You seem like just the kind of person whose mother should have visited planned parenthood

  33. mp42245 says: Apr 25, 2012 5:15 PM

    No evidence.. No punishment.

  34. moagecu says: Apr 25, 2012 5:26 PM

    Iberiasaint: True, I do hope the NFL does release the “evidence” they do have after punishments atleast.

  35. saintsly says: Apr 25, 2012 5:28 PM

    bombacim says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:38 PM
    I love this. The NFL hate’s the saints just as bad as god and G.W. hate New Orleans. How’s it going for you chocolate city? Thankful you all got a much needed bath a couple years ago.

    …………………………………………………………………..
    You sir, are a dispicable humanbeing and hope the wrath of God strikes your
    tiny little brain. Talking smack about the game of football is one thing but the digusting comments about personal tragedy is morally sickening. You are sincerely the scum of this earth and should be shot down like a mad dog.

  36. saintsly says: Apr 25, 2012 5:35 PM

    Just to make myself clear about the above comment………there is a moral limit as to what should be said about the city of New Orleans and there are many on PFT that exceed those limits. I would not wish what happened to N.O. on anyone so unless you have walked in our shoes, you will never understand how hurtful some of these remarks can be.

  37. percydovetonsils says: Apr 25, 2012 6:09 PM

    “The investigation is in the final stages,” but guilty verdicts have already been rendered.

    What’s wrong with this picture?

  38. rabbdogg says: Apr 25, 2012 6:14 PM

    saintly…how are these katrina death comments even making it on here?..say something about mike the hater..or something about those all time losers vikeQueens..it wont make it…just makes u say hmmmmm dont it

  39. jetnotjets says: Apr 25, 2012 6:20 PM

    This has stopped being professional and turned personal on the part of Goodell. It makes him look petty and childish.

  40. patfic15 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:23 PM

    With all the evidence they have…should be easy. Unless of course, there’s not that much evidence. Most of the inevitable suspensions won’t matter. Still going to the playoffs.

  41. hammerjacker says: Apr 25, 2012 6:27 PM

    sirhulka says:
    Apr 25, 2012 4:37 PM
    Saints fans, you know this much. You aren’t the Patriots, so the hammer is coming down! While I agree the punishment should be with the utmost severity, I am interested to see how the whole “Spygate II” turns out. The punishment put on the Patriots set a piss poor precedent. But hey, that’s the Patriots.
    —————————————————-

    Your dumb.

  42. drdrumlord says: Apr 25, 2012 6:35 PM

    Sorry doe22us, that Drew Brees joke never gets old.

  43. jimthebuilder27 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:45 PM

    Geez, suspend the players already! But I didn’t expect much from useless Goodell!

  44. bigbadal21 says: Apr 25, 2012 6:57 PM

    Evidence, where’s the evidence scream Saint fans. Duh–Your coaches pled guilty. Besides that there is plenty of evidence but when you plead guilty it is not needed. If the players who are reprimanded do not take their punishment without a fight then and only then evidence will be needed.

  45. marcinhouston says: Apr 25, 2012 6:58 PM

    This is personal for Goodell against the Saints because Saints players have the most leading roles on the NFLPA and Goodell is intent on sticking it to the NFLPA for daring to strike. If Goodell can take a ring or two out of Brees’ future, that will be his revenge from the commish to the top player rep in the NFLPA.

  46. vikingamericann says: Apr 25, 2012 7:00 PM

    One posters quote ” I love this. The NFL hate’s the saints just as bad as god and G.W. hate New Orleans. How’s it going for you chocolate city? Thankful you all got a much needed bath a couple years ago.”

    How sad, this statement is representative of many Saints haters. Many of you condemn the Saints yet condone statements like this. 2000 dead in an American city, but it is okay because we don’t like their team. Well I need an explanation! Why is okay to take pleasure in the deaths of 2000 Americans.

  47. melikefootball says: Apr 25, 2012 7:05 PM

    Don’t tell me God-del is starting to wiggle on his promise.

  48. vikingamericann says: Apr 25, 2012 7:15 PM

    I need an explanation. If the coaches told the Saints to injure players then went out and committed no penalties or injuries why do they need punished. I need an explanation.

  49. vikingamericann says: Apr 25, 2012 7:18 PM

    I need an explanation. If the NFL already reviewed all plays and disciplined all players for illegal hits. How can the Saints players be punished a second time for the same thing. I need an explanation.

  50. Deb says: Apr 25, 2012 7:55 PM

    vikingamericann says:

    I need an explanation. If the NFL already reviewed all plays and disciplined all players for illegal hits. How can the Saints players be punished a second time for the same thing. I need an explanation.
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    That’s my issue. I think the punishment of the coaches was appropriate because they cheated the salary cap, lied to the league, and deliberately instructed players to break league rules. And if the league has evidence that Vilma offered a bounty, then they can deal with that. But they can only go after the other players for what they did on the field–and that should already have been flagged or fined. If not, they can fine them … but it will just look as though the officials didn’t do their jobs the first time (which isn’t really surprising).

    If they infractions weren’t serious enough to be flagged when they occurred, how could they be serious enough to warrant suspension now?

  51. purplehaze55335 says: Apr 25, 2012 9:20 PM

    Let’s just get it done already!!!!

  52. kodakinvegas says: Apr 26, 2012 4:38 AM

    Who cares what’s unfair to unfair cheaters? Oh its crying time again, I’ve be caught cheating, I can dee the big ole tears in Rogers eyes, Jidt as sure as the sun come up tomorrow, crying time wil start when Goodell lowers the BOOM.

  53. gbmickey says: Apr 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    Saint fans, you’re sick of hearing the “Drew needs an explanation” you might consider stopping the “where’s the evidence” statement. You guys have said it so many times you are actually starting to believe it. Outside your fan base people are laughing and genuinly are rooting for harsh punishments, stemming from the arrogance and denials by first the organization and now the fans. You can play the us against the world card because thats what is. Unfortunately thats all you have.

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