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.
THE FOURTH WALL
Dean M. Shapiro
BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA PRESENTS
A SPECTACULAR LION KING PRODUCTION
Once upon a time (how’s that for a non-original fairy tale opening line?) there was a “Rumble in the Jungle.” The savannah, actually, to be more technically correct. Anyway, it’s not the 1974 Ali-Foreman heavyweight boxing matchup I’m referring to here. It’s THE LION KING, a Disney-fied live musical stage take-off on Shakespeare’s RICHARD III, transposed from 15th century England to the timeless African grasslands.
It must be nice to be an Obama. Instead of worrying about driving and the high gasoline prices, Barack Obama and his family just take Air Force One and other government planes everywhere. Last week, the President enjoyed some NCAA basketball action in Ohio with British Prime Minister David Cameron. Instead of catching the game on cable, the President and his pal ran up a $500,000 travel bill, charging it to the greatest group of suckers in the world, the taxpayers of America.
Turn your tube onto the Ellen DeGeneres show today to watch New Orleans native interview adopted-son, Brad Pitt who’s “Make It Right”, an organization that Pitt started to help rebuild homes devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
One down and one big one to go.
The same agent who negotiated a sweet deal for Peyton Manning now turns his sights to help Drew Brees maneuver around the current mess on the New Orleans Saints free-agency field.
Tom Condon has helped Manning, a New Orleans-product to a deal reportedly that averages $18.5 million per season but with an injury waiver.