It seems to be spreading like a communicable disease. And apparently there is no cure. Week after week, there are new reports of prosecutors, on both the federal and state level, engaging in premeditated acts of prosecutorial misconduct. Coaching witnesses to lie. Hiding evidence from the defense counsel that would favor the accused. And even calculated cover-ups that put a falsely convicted person on death row. Has justice run amuck? Has Lady Justice lost her way?
Brees may feel it's time for a change and may ask for a trade. The Saints should give him what the wants because he put the team on his back for the last six years without reservations.
He led the Saints to becoming a powerhouse and gave the franchise an identity it had never enjoyed before. And, he is still humble.
and behold, the false prophet and grand inquisitor roger no-goodell made his pronouncement from on high, and at that moment as the lightning and the thunder came and fell upon the city, the city rose up and shook their fists at the grand inquisitor and said, screw you goodell. we survived the feds and katrina and prevailed, you pissant. screw your scapegoating us for the good of your corporate image. we will not go quietly, and when we come hell's coming with us.
Drew Brees is the key to recovery or further disappointment
Wow! And that just about covers my initial reaction to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension without pay of Saints Head Coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season. Accompanying that was an eight-game suspension and $500,000 fine for GM Mickey Loomis and a six-game vacation for assistant head coach Joe Vitt. The instigator of the bounty program, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, is suspended for a minimum of one year and likely much longer. Player penalties are yet to be announced, because they must be vetted through the NFL Players Association.
The hammer has fallen on the New Orleans Saints, and the cost is heavy. It’s a public relations disaster. Coach Sean Payton is gone for one year and fined. Mickey Loomis and Joe Vitt are suspended and fined, the Saints have lost draft picks, the team is fined, and the arrogance of some inside the organization has cost Saints fans a heavy price. So what’s next?
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees probably has expressed it all for the City of New Orleans.
In a tweet, Brees said:
“I am speechless. Sean Payton is a great man, coach, and mentor. The best there is. I need to hear an explanation for this punishment”
Commissioner Roger Goodell notified the New Orleans Saints today of the discipline that will be imposed on team management for violations of the NFL's long-standing "bounty" rule that endangered player safety over a three-year period.
Below is the NFL press release:
The NFL, after deliberating over what is now called Bountygate has 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. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games.
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The NFL smeared the New Orleans Saints by New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton will be suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team's bounty program. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has been suspended indefinitely.Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been suspended for eight games. Also, draft choices have been taken away from the Saints and the team has been fined.