NFL commish Roger Goodell suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for 1-year starting April 1st for the Saints bounty program that took place under former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams. Williams has been suspended indefinitely.
Saints Punishment per ESPN:
Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for the first eight regular-season games, the team was fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and ‘13) as a result of a bounty program conducted by the team during the 2009-11 seasons.
Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt also was suspended six games and fined $100,000. The NFL said in its statement that the suspensions for Payton, Loomis and Vitt are without pay.
This is a devastating blow to the Saints who recently won a Super Bowl under Payton.
Goodell has been serious about reducing violence in the league since taking over as commissioner.
Perhaps this will bring an end to bounties in the NFL.