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Sean Payton has been reinstated

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

The Saints have their head coach back.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello announced Tuesday morning that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated Payton from his suspension effective immediately. Aiello told PFT that there was nothing to report on Payton’s reinstatement a week ago while also refuting a report that there would be no action taken until after the Super Bowl. There was a meeting on Monday between Payton and Goodell, which led to the end of the suspension right away.

That means┬áPayton is now free to attend the Senior Bowl, hire assistants to fill holes on his staff and otherwise resume the duties of being the head coach of the Saints. Per Aiello, he “acknowledged in the meeting his responsibility for the actions of his coaching staff and players and pledged to uphold the highest standards of the NFL.”

“We had a very productive discussion,” said Commissioner Goodell in a statement. “Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension.┬áMore important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”

The Super Bowl is taking place in New Orleans, of course, and there’s been a lot of discussion about the frosty response Goodell was expected to receive from fans that felt he was overly punitive toward the Saints in response to the league’s bounty investigation. A float in one of the first Mardi Gras parades gives a hint of what Goodell might expect. The commish will probably still experience some uncomfortable moments in the Crescent City, but acting on Payton now could temper a little bit of the rancor sent in his direction.

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37 Responses to “Sean Payton has been reinstated”
  1. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 22, 2013 10:32 AM

    Roger is by far the worst commissioner in sports history i hate this man and i think im speaking for 95% of the league an fans.

  2. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 22, 2013 10:35 AM

    Welcome back coach!

    That whole bounty thing was crazy ….

  3. cakemixa says: Jan 22, 2013 10:36 AM

    lol, does Goodell really think this will soften his reception in New Orleans?

  4. otis52gsh says: Jan 22, 2013 10:37 AM

    Kleenex sales will fall dramatically now in New Orleans.

  5. ningenito78 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:38 AM

    About freakin time. Goodell is a disgrace.

  6. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    I question his character. He is the kind of guy you wouldn’t want to leave your kids around.

  7. airboss37 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    Welcome back coach! You were soarly missed!

  8. mungman69 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    Yeah: Welcome back coach.

  9. skoodsports says: Jan 22, 2013 10:40 AM

    “Roger is by far the worst commissioner in sports history i hate this man and i think im speaking for 95% of the league an fans.”

    Gary Bettman and David Stern beg to differ.

  10. insanelomein2 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    Smart move by the Commish. Try to keep bad publicity from the Super Bowl.

  11. lightcleric says: Jan 22, 2013 10:41 AM

    About freaking time!

  12. burnz1379 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:46 AM

    He got what he deserved… I hope he misses his second round pick in the draft… but they should have taken their first…

  13. spicymudbugs says: Jan 22, 2013 10:47 AM

    From Rozelle to Tagliabue to this idiot Goodell.
    In 20 years when the glory days of the NFL are all but forgotten, all the blame will be dispensed toward Goodell and justifiably so.

  14. lgbarn says: Jan 22, 2013 10:47 AM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted that Drew Brees still wants an explanation.

  15. purpleguy says: Jan 22, 2013 10:48 AM

    Even if he was a part of it, he’s the only member of that organization that handled the whole bountygate thing with any class.

  16. buffobeel42 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:52 AM

    New Orleans Saints- XLVIII Super Bowl Champs!
    Lock it up! Champeenship!

  17. tcostant says: Jan 22, 2013 10:55 AM

    Where the update on Gregg Williams reinsted.

  18. gbditka says: Jan 22, 2013 10:59 AM

    How about returning the 2013 2nd round draft pick now as well while you’re on a roll Roger?

  19. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:18 AM

    Don’t like him, but he shouldn’t have been suspended for a year.

    Roger Goodell, on the other hand, should be suspended a lifetime for “conduct detrimental to the sport of football” and for being hypocritical in punishing the Saints but not the Jets when they even admitted to trying to hurt Reggie Bush.

  20. bearnmind says: Jan 22, 2013 11:25 AM

    Odd how quick this came once Roger found out there would be no requirement to make his “evidence” public when Vilma’s suit was dismissed. If Roger thinks his welcome here will be any warmer, he is sorely mistaken. That float was a mild reflection of the sentiment towards him. He really shouldn’t eat anything that doesn’t come per-packaged.

  21. rwmilli says: Jan 22, 2013 11:28 AM

    Commish may not be liked, but to say he’s the worst in sports…get your facts straight the guy runs the biggest and most popular sport in the world right now..

  22. bearnmind says: Jan 22, 2013 11:29 AM

    Seriously, Superbowl, Mardi Gras, the most despised man in the city (Roger), rowdy fans and alcohol. I wouldn’t want to be Roger.

  23. mazblast says: Jan 22, 2013 11:30 AM

    Someone must have pounded some sense into the head of The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person. He’s proven time and again that he won’t make the right call on his own.

    Nevertheless, it is the right decision. However, if I were Goodell, while I was in N’Awlins, I wouldn’t go walking on the streets of the French Quarter without a full phalanx of security, I wouldn’t eat in restaurants, I wouldn’t drink any tap water, I wouldn’t stand near a window, and I’d always keep my back to the wall.

  24. nolagirl says: Jan 22, 2013 11:55 AM

    Welcome back from the island of lost toys, Coach!

  25. nawlinssaints1956 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:00 PM

    Welcome back Sean; it’s about time. Two weeks may not seem like much of a break, but with the Senior Bowl and Super Bowl coming up, as well as having to replace a key coaching position, every day counts. I think the 2nd round pick will be given back also. Really looking forward to the off season moves and the draft. Next season will be much improved….

  26. daknight93 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:02 PM

    I’m happy to have my coach back, but this was a PR move by Goodell cause he knew Saints fans were angry at him and if the Super Bowl wasn’t in Nola, Sean Payton would still be suspended.

  27. raiders757 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:26 PM

    This entire thing was overblown. The man should have never been suspended to begin with, nor should their draft pick been taken away. All of you soft shell fans who were in support of all of this nonsense would probably pee your little panties if you saw how things used to be in the NFL. Goodell is turning this league into a WWF style of flag football, and you little girls are just standing by letting happen by supporting his idiocy.

    The fans of the Saints got shafted by a commissioner with an agenda.

  28. banky74 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Payton might be back, but that asterisk next to the Saints SB win will always be there.

  29. eatitfanboy says: Jan 22, 2013 1:06 PM

    Not a Saints fan, but this is the right thing to do.

    The man basically lost a year of his coaching career for something that those who were afforded actual due process were exonerated of.

    Not saying he didn’t do anything wrong, but certainly it didn’t turn out to be the open and shut case people assumed at the beginning.

    And they certainly never definitively proved that anything as vast and insidious as to warrant a one year suspension occurred.

  30. johnclaytonsponytail says: Jan 22, 2013 1:52 PM

    You had me at Hello…… Glad to have you back Coach.

  31. dawkinsalwaysaneagle says: Jan 22, 2013 1:57 PM

    …And immediately reinstated the bounty program. Cheater.

  32. bearnmind says: Jan 22, 2013 3:21 PM

    I find it amusing that fans of teams who haven’t won a Super Bowl seem so anxious to invalidate the Saints championship. Considering that the Saints were one of the least penalized teams, none of the hits were illegal, though that McCray hit on Warner was impressive, it was legal, even dickhead Roger who did his best to take down the franchise this season never suggested that championship was anything but deserved.

    That championship was earned and if you don’t like it, so what. we really don’t care what you think. Our players don’t drive drunk, don’t beat their wives and girlfriends, don’t wind up in the paper for anything other than recognition of community service and have the unqualified support of an entire city and region behind them. We have over 50,000 on the waiting list for season tickets and have since 2006. I imagine some of your teams wish they had that kind of support.

  33. spicymudbugs says: Jan 22, 2013 3:52 PM

    banky74 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:57 PM

    Payton might be back, but that asterisk next to the Saints SB win will always be there.
    ===============
    Actually it’s not there nor will it ever be there!
    Amazing the stupidity that comes out of some people

  34. nofunleague says: Jan 22, 2013 4:05 PM

    If I was Roger I would be nowhere near New Orleans. Fans in general will boo this clown. God forbid the noise when he goes to present the Lombardie trophy to the Ravens.

  35. dtrb10 says: Jan 22, 2013 4:56 PM

    I’m sure he found new and creative ways to cheat!

  36. silentcount says: Jan 22, 2013 8:02 PM

    This is all on Goodell. He was the one who publicly accused the Saints of intentionally trying to injure players for 3 years. He claimed they were warned but did not stop. HOWEVER, he provided no clear proof that this even occurred in one game 3 years ago. As Tagliabue said, there was not enough to justify suspending players. He would not have suspended Sean Payton either. Bellicheck was actually caught cheating, not just talking tough before a game. But yet, he was only fined. Patriots fans were not punished along with him. By suspending Sean Payton, Goodell punished thousands of innocent people who had nothing to do with his so-called bounty thing. It was all done to distract the safety issue away from him. Shame on him!

  37. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 22, 2013 8:12 PM

    Just like Belichick you’ll never see Payton win another SB. Characterless man who should be banned from the game along with Lewis and Vick.

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