( 4UMF NEWS ) Saints Appeals Denied By NFL Commissioner:
In the midst of the New Orleans Saints “bounty scandal”, Head Coach Sean Payton, General Manager Mickey Loomis and Assistant coach Joe Vitt of the Saints filed for an appeal against the initial decision to suspend them.
On Monday those appeals were denied by Commissioner Goodell. Head Coach Sean Payton will be suspended for the entire year. General Manager Mickey Loomis is suspended 8 games and assistant coach Joe Vitt is suspended 6 games.
The Saints were in discussions to bring in coaching lifer Bill Parcells as a stop gap while Payton is suspended, but those conversations haven’t moved forward.
The team was previously fined $500,000 and docked second-round picks this year and next for a three-year pay-for-pain system that rewarded injury-causing hits by Saints defenders. While the Saints cannot salvage their 2012 second-rounder, the league’s announcement suggested there could be a modification of the 2013 pick penalty and reduction in the individuals’ lost pay, although the fine will not be reduced.
Former Defensive Coordinator Greg Williams, the ring leader of the Bounty Scandal, did not appeal his indefinite suspension.
Story @ Urban Sports