Saints Fined For Bounty Program, Sean Payton Suspended For A Year
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year and the Saints will lose their second round pick in 2012 and ’13 and pay $500,000 as a result of the NFL’s bounty investigation, the league announced Wednesday.
Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who orchestrated the program, has been suspended indefinitely. Team general manager Mickey Loomis also faces an eight-game suspension and a $500,000 fine.
The NFL revealed in early March an investigation which found more than 20 defensive players for the New Orleans Saints participated in a “bounty” system from 2009 to ’11 which rewarded individuals with cash for harming opposing players.
The league found that the cash pool reached $50,000 or more during the 2009 playoffs, and players were paid $1,500 for a “knockout” and $1,000 for a “cart-off” with payouts doubling or tripling during the playoffs. Money was provided primarily by players.
All such payments violate league rules for non-contract bonuses.
VIA The Huddle