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Still no action on Sean Payton’s reinstatement

File photo of Saints' Sean Payton watching as his team warms up before playing the Panthers during an NFL football game in Charlotte Reuters

Saints coach Sean Payton remains suspended, at least through the Super Bowl.  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell remains no closer to accelerating the reinstatement effort.

Recently, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello refuted an ESPN report that the reinstatement petition won’t be considered until after the Super Bowl.  Which suggests that perhaps the reinstatement effort will be considered before the Super Bowl.

But Aiello tells PFT that there is “[n]othing to report” on the situation, with the Super Bowl only 18 days away.  And a source with knowledge of the situation says nothing is happening, at all.  Which means that the ESPN report may have indeed been completely accurate.

The right outcome, in our view, would be to consider reinstatement now.  Payton has missed his season.  With offensive line coach Aaron Kromer gone, the Saints need to replace him.  But Payton can have no involvement in that until he is reinstated.  If that doesn’t happen until after the Super Bowl, the Saints may end up with someone other than whoever it is they want.

With the Super Bowl festivities descending on New Orleans soon, the pressure on the league office to consider the reinstatement will only increase.  Some believe that, at a certain level, the delay traces to a personal conflict between Goodell and Payton.  Regardless, the one-year suspension is now potentially impacting future years, given the impact on Payton’s ability to fill the holes on his staff.

 

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35 Responses to “Still no action on Sean Payton’s reinstatement”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Jan 16, 2013 2:04 PM

    Why does this matter? He’s back next year.

  2. dlions18 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:07 PM

    Goodell dropped the ball on this one

  3. craigkintexas says: Jan 16, 2013 2:18 PM

    Do the crime, expect to do the time.

  4. spartan822 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:19 PM

    No rush. Let him sweat.

  5. phrancheyez says: Jan 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    You forgot to mention that reinstating him now, and announcing it was Goodell’s decision to do so, will go a long way in helping Goodell remain safe while in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. I live down here and I’m not that stupid, but there are people down here that I would not bet against trying to go after him. He needs to help himself out here.

  6. lezmaka says: Jan 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    What was the ACTUAL suspension?

    Was it for the remainder of the Saints season? The remainder of the NFL season, meaning after the Super Bowl? Until the end of the league year which is usually early March? Or 1 calendar year meaning it would end March 31 (if I remember the suspension started April 1).

    Whatever the ACTUAL suspension was, that is what he should serve. If I remember correctly, he didn’t appeal. Can players that don’t appeal a suspension, petition for early reinstatement after that suspension has started?

    Tagliabue basically ruled that players shouldn’t be suspended because the responsibility falls on the coaches. In that case, Peyton should definitely be required to serve the entire suspension.

    What does it matter that it might affect more a single season? The bounty program (which hasn’t been ruled as never happening) went on for several years.

    Let’s say all NFL teams were doing the same thing. The Saints were stupid enough to continue and eventually get caught after the NFL had already investigated once. Same thing with the Patriots and Spygate. Memos were sent out to all teams as reminders and the Patriots were stupid/arrogant enough to continue and they got caught.

  7. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:22 PM

    New Orleans is waiting for you Goodell, come on down. You’ll be warmly greeted.

  8. David says: Jan 16, 2013 2:22 PM

    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

  9. halen11 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:23 PM

    Given that the Superbowl is in New Orleans, Goodell might want to solicit the good-will of the city’s residents and potential volunteers by reinstating the coach of their football team. If he drags this out until after the Superbowl, Goodell should probably consider packing his own lunch while attending the game.

  10. nfloracle says: Jan 16, 2013 2:26 PM

    The comish will reinstate Payton before the SuperBowl because he wants to leave New Orleans after the game in one piece.

    The New Orleans’ fans would eat him alive, otherwise, with a bowl of gumbo as chaser.

  11. spicymudbugs says: Jan 16, 2013 2:30 PM

    Goodell is pissed because for all his bravado and talk about how bad he thought ‘Bounty gate’ was, his predecessor said..yea not so much.
    He’s acting like a spoiled kid who is given a time out. He’s going to get booed every minute of every day he’s in New Orleans.

  12. ridingwithnohandlebars says: Jan 16, 2013 2:31 PM

    Free Sean Payton.

  13. ilovefoolsball says: Jan 16, 2013 2:38 PM

    Thanks for the update!

  14. thraiderskin says: Jan 16, 2013 2:42 PM

    With what Tagliabue concluded, don’t you almost have to continue punishing Payton for the bounty system. As a coach, and one of the individuals held soley accountable by the former commish, he should be held to the same standards as his former defensive coordinator. Sean Payton is a great coach, but he was the general who allowed his troops to continue acts that worked against the image of the NFL and were illegal (to the game).

  15. devrocks247 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    “If that doesn’t happen until after the Super Bowl, the Saints may end up with someone other than whoever it is they want.”

    Boo hoo?

  16. gacoltfan says: Jan 16, 2013 2:47 PM

    David says:
    Jan 16, 2013 2:22 PM
    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

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    Judging by the thumbs down, many people don’t like this comment, but I think it’s funny everytime.

  17. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:50 PM

    Yes making posts threatening attacks against Goodell is really going to help the situation.

    Pretty sad that people will go to those lengths against Goodell, refs, players or any of the other targets we’ve seen threatened the last few years.

  18. kingmj4891 says: Jan 16, 2013 2:53 PM

    David says:
    Jan 16, 2013 2:22 PM
    Drew Brees demands an explanation.

    ____________________________________

    Here an explanation for Drew.

    You play on a team that was told to stop doing something. The lied and covered it up. As a result you coach got suspended. During the whole thing you made your self out to be an arrogant idiot who lost respect from thousands. Regardless of what happened your coach lied to the NFL and took his punishment like he should of. The reason everyone now dislikes you is because you could not admit that your team did wrong. Well if an owner, GM, and coach can you should be able to as well.

  19. meldrel says: Jan 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    Reports earlier in January were that the talk of reinstatement was only being done internally within the NFL. Sean Payton hasn’t requested a darn thing of the NFL since this started. There is nothing to see here – move along.

  20. dangernearing says: Jan 16, 2013 2:54 PM

    What did I miss? The ‘league year’ isnt completed yet. And I havent heard or read about anyone complaining about this besides you. Im sure in N.O. they do. He shouldnt be allowed in building.

  21. tincansailor981 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:12 PM

    Goodell is still licking his wounded pride from the schooling Paul Tagliabue gave him. Now more than ever this situation comes down to nothing more than childish retribution. Man up and act like an adult, smart boy. This has dragged on long enough.

  22. marcinhouston says: Jan 16, 2013 3:17 PM

    Chip Kelly, Andy Reid, Doug Marrone, Mark Trestman, etc did not coach their new teams for the 2012 season but they are in the office now doing their job for the 2013 season in all practical reality. Payton should be allowed to do the same. But then again, Roger Goodell can never restore his reputation with the people of New Orleans, Saints fans will not accept an insincere apology and will not stop calling for a new credible commissioner to replace him, so maybe Goodell is cutting his losses and trying to push under a franchise that will permanently oppose him.

  23. godofwine330 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:23 PM

    Roger Goodell is a bully. It’s a wonder that the players don’t like or respect him. He set the Saints back already and he is working on year 2. Great job, Rog.

  24. booker1974 says: Jan 16, 2013 3:26 PM

    Still would like to know exactly what he did that meritted a suspension. Goodell said that he and Loomis lied, but they’ve both denied this without further elaboration. Goodell is a proven liar so that claim should be taken with a grain of salt. Payton did file an appeal, but his was heard by Goodell, so no surprise it was denied.

    Tagliabue reviewed only the players appeals and ruled that there were no violations that allowed for suspensions. The Saints were basically “guilty” of allowing locker room trash talk (Tagliabue did state that he could have issued fines, but ultimately determined that none were meritted). Again, what did Payton really do that meritted being suspended for a year?

  25. redzonerocks says: Jan 16, 2013 4:00 PM

    “Again, what did Payton really do that meritted being suspended for a year?”

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    Being coach of the Saints is enough of a reason, the rest is gravy.

  26. kaferwerks says: Jan 16, 2013 4:01 PM

    To address some prior comments:
    Payton did appeal.
    Also, Payton’s suspension after doing some research was for the 2012 season. The 2012 season was over after week 17 (as we’ve entered the post season) it was not 1 year, not 1 league year. It was for the 2012 season which ended when post season began. As another poster pointed out, most teams have already started prepping for 2013. Leaving Payton suspended is a sham, he should have been reinstated weeks ago!

  27. chattanola says: Jan 16, 2013 4:18 PM

    Jonathan Vilma’s defamation of character lawsuit is still pending and, we haven’t heard a peep about where things stand on that front.

    One speculation is that Goodell is using Payton’s continued suspension as leverage to get the organization to persuade Vilma to drop it.

    That, or maybe it’s Roger just being mean.

    A reasonable man would have ended this already.

  28. vilma4commish says: Jan 16, 2013 4:20 PM

    lezmaka says:Jan 16, 2013 2:20 PM

    What was the ACTUAL suspension?

    Was it for the remainder of the Saints season? The remainder of the NFL season, meaning after the Super Bowl? Until the end of the league year which is usually early March? Or 1 calendar year meaning it would end March 31 (if I remember the suspension started April 1).

    Whatever the ACTUAL suspension was, that is what he should serve. If I remember correctly, he didn’t appeal. Can players that don’t appeal a suspension, petition for early reinstatement after that suspension has started?
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    Got to love ignorant people that make ignorant post.. ALL parties involved appealled their suspension with the exception of Greg Williams.. The difference is the players had the support and backing of the NFLPA, whereas coaches and the organization do not.

  29. hor2012 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:43 PM

    phrancheyez says:
    Jan 16, 2013 2:20 PM
    You forgot to mention that reinstating him now, and announcing it was Goodell’s decision to do so, will go a long way in helping Goodell remain safe while in New Orleans for the Super Bowl

    I’m a life long Saints fan and I’m originlly from New Orleans. And, I like the rest of Saints fans love our team. But, I think it’s time that we move on from this. I will always believe that we were wronged just as the thier fans that believe the Saints got what they deserve. The one thing I refuse to believe as angry and passionate as our fans are, none of us will do anything that would put another human being in danger over something as irrelevant as a game. We’ll be back next year. Sense we were blocked from taking it in the big easy, we’ll take it in the big apple next year. But, in the mean time I promise all fans RG can come to New Orleans and do what he has to do. We won’t like it but well show the class that many of those we trashed us this season didn’t show

  30. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 16, 2013 4:46 PM

    “But Aiello tells PFT that there is “[n]othing to report” on the situation”

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    Nice of PFT to make news of no news. Well, in other news: the sky is still blue and grass are still green.

  31. randomguy9999 says: Jan 16, 2013 5:30 PM

    maybe the NFL should wait 3 years to do something about it like Payton did

  32. purplepunisher says: Jan 16, 2013 9:35 PM

    Threating Goodell’s life shows the true colors of the Saints fans. This franchise shoud be removed and sold to LA investors.

    Also Mr. Obama please stop sending my tax dollars to this retched place.

  33. phillyfanmatt says: Jan 16, 2013 10:35 PM

    Actually the season is technically not over until after the Super Bowl. Just like the MLB season is not over until after the World Series and so it is with all the other sports. So that being said he probably will have to wait until right after the Super Bowl to be reinstated.

  34. Dave61548 says: Jan 16, 2013 10:45 PM

    Once again the idiots appear! Yes Payton did appeal. No, there is zero evidence of any actual wrongdoing. Yes there was a pay for performance program – 31 other teams had them too, in one form or another. Allegedly the NFL told the Saints to stop their “bounty” program. If they didn’t have a bounty program, there was nothing to stop. And Drew Brees demands and explanation because there is STILL NOTHING from the NFL to justify the punishments handed out. Get a clue, idiot posters!

    ‘Tis a sad state of affairs in this country when so many are so ready to display their ignorance just because they hide behind a keyboard!

  35. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 17, 2013 10:13 AM

    Its amazing what people can say about the Saints but if you comment on them your comment is suddenly erased.

    Regardless with people like purpleasspunisher youd hope the gun laws dont take tillthe stupids take themselves out first.

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