March 21st, 2012 15:04 EST
NFL Fines New Orleans Saints! Gregg Williams Suspended Indefinitely! Sean Payton Suspended 1 Year!
The NFL announced Wednesday that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team`s bounty program. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.
The team has also been fined $500,000 and will have to give up its second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL Drafts.
The players can`t breathe easy yet, the NFL is still investigating the involvement of players, and any disciplinary action will be announced at a future time.
Football is a rough and tumble game, and if any player is injured during the course of a game -- well they knew the risk they were taking.
But if a football player deliberately tries to injure an opposing player, that`s a horse of a different color, and the player and any coach who encouraged him should be severely punished.
The integrity of the game is at stake, and I`m glad the NFL took strong action against the New Orleans Saints, but the league should have punished the evildoers even more harshly.
I wonder how Greg Williams would feel if somebody put a bounty on one of his kids playing football at any level of competition. The scumbag should be banned from the NFL for life, and if any football player was seriously injured because of the bounty system he put in place, he should sue him.
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