Saints suspensions to remain for bounty program

Monday, April 9, 2012 - 8:03pm

NEW YORK (WVLA) — UPDATE: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will uphold the suspensions placed on the Saints for the bounty program. This came down after several days of consideration during an appeal hearing. Payton suspension will begin on April 16.

During Payton’s suspension he cannot have any contact with players, coaches, or owner Tom Benson. Also, he cannot be at the facility during any games, or participate in any team related activities.

Beyond the punishment for Saints coaches and executives, the NFL still has to determine if players who were involved in the bounty program also will be disciplined. The NFL has said as many as 27 players could be sanctioned for their role in the scandal.

The NFL Players Association recently retained the international law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski to assist the players allegedly involved in the scandal.

ORIGINAL STORY: Today is an important day for fans of the New Orleans Saints. Head Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and Assistant Coach Joe Vitt are all in New York appealing their suspension handed down from the NFL bounty investigations.

Now the wait is on for Commissioner Roger Goodell to decide if he will reduce any of the penalties.

Payton faces a year long suspension from the team, Loomis has an 8 game ban and Vitt a 6 game suspension.


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