Remember when I told y’all about the New Orleans Saints Bounty Program and how NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell would probably lower the big boom? Well…their punishment was announced today and Saints fans may be enjoying the Who Dat Nation a little less, at least for this upcoming season.
As reported on USAToday:
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year and the team will lose its 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 from the NFL indefinitely. Saints general manager Mickey Loomis also faces an eight-game suspension and a $500,000 fine.
“I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again,” Williams said.
“We are all accountable and responsible for player health and safety and the integrity of the game,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said Wednesday. “We will not tolerate conduct or a culture that undermines those priorities. No one is above the game or the rules that govern it. Respect for the game and the people who participate in it will not be compromised.”
Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma became the player face of the program following an SI.com report describing his $10,000 offer to any player who could knock Brett Favre out of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. The league did not hand down punishment for any players involved on Wednesday, but ESPN reports that the issue is still under review.
Well now, Roger Goodell has exercised his right to be the judge and jury for the NFL. With no one to approve the punishments he hands down, he’s allowed full throttle while reprimanding anyone going against league policies. Pimping aint easy but it’s necessary!
All I know is that I need y’all to form a prayer circle for me cause being that I live with one of the biggest Saints fans on the planet, I might not make it this upcoming NFL season….WOOOOWOOOWOOO [Martin Lawrence Voice]
*whispers* Saints Fans, y’all remember when Sean Payton couldn’t be on the sidelines those few games last year due to my Tampa Bay Bucs knocking him out of the game? I’m Just Saying….