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Saints coach Sean Payton suspended 1 year

03-23-2012 09:53 BJT

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The National Football League is handing down an unprecedented penalty for the head coach of the New Orleans Saints. Sean Payton has been suspended for a full year for his role in a bounty hunting system that targeted key opposing players.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell called the plot, in his words, "particularly unusual and egregious" and "totally unacceptable." Payton is the first head coach in league history to be suspended for any reason.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton looks on before his team met the
San Francisco Giants in their NFL NFC Divisional playoff football game in
San Francisco, California January 14, 2012. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

He is accused of trying to cover-up the plan to provide extra payments to his players when they tried to hurt players from other teams. He is not the only member of the Saints that was punished. Former Defensive co-ordinator Gregg Williams, who now coaches in St. Louis, has been suspended indefinitely for his role in the scheme, which many believe he started.

The NFL claims roughly two dozen Saints players were involved in the bounty system and they targeted some of the league’s biggest stars. Knocking-out a player was worth 15-hundred dollars, while getting them carted-off the field earned a thousand bucks.

In this Jan. 7, 2012, photo, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton yells from the
sideline during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the
Detroit Lions in New Orleans. The NFL has suspended Payton for the 2012 season, and
former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league
indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players.

The league claims that defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered 10-thousand dollars to anyone who knocked then- Vikings Q-B Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC Title game. The NFL claims the Saints knew they were endangering players, and not only did they do nothing to stop it, but actually encouraged it.

The League also stripped the team of their second round picks in this year’s and next year’s draft. Finally, the team’s General Manager has also been suspended for half a season, while an assistant coach was ordered off the field for 6 games.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2012 file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean
Payton yells during the first half of an NFL wild card playoff football game
against the Detroit Lions, in New Orleans. The NFL has suspended Payton for
the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is
banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program
that targeted opposing players.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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