NFL Suspends Payton Entire Season

By: AP
By: AP

UNDATED (AP) -- You won't see Sean Payton on the New Orleans Saints' sideline this year.
The NFL has suspended the head coach without pay for the entire 2012 season following the league's investigation into the Saints' "bounty" program orchestrated by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. In addition, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been hit with an eight-game suspension and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games of the 2012 season.
Williams has been suspended indefinitely, leaving the St. Louis Rams without their newly-hired defensive coordinator for at least the 2012 season. Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') will review Williams' status after the upcoming season and consider whether he can return to the league.
Goodell (guh-DEHL') also has ordered the owners of all 32 NFL teams to make sure their clubs are not offering bounties
In addition, the Saints are being fined $500,000 and will forfeit second-round draft picks this year and next.
Williams is the architect of the scheme that paid out thousands of dollars to players for hits that knocked an opponent out of a game, in direct violation of league rules.
Meanwhile, Rams coach Jeff Fisher says Williams' suspended was warranted and adds he was unaware of the NFL investigation when he hired Williams in January. Fisher says he'll probably use a committee of coaches to replace Williams, a group that includes assistant head coach Dave McGinnis and defensive backs coach Chuck Cecil.


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