Whether Sean Payton had intimate knowledge of the bounty program seems irrelevant now as the NFL just dropped the hammer on him to the tune of a one-year suspension. Shocking stuff even when you consider Goodell’s history as a disciplinarian.
On top of the Payton suspension, the following punishments were handed down:
-GM Mickey Loomis, 8 game suspension and $500,000 fine
-Saints organization fined $500,000
-Team forfeits 2nd Rd draft picks in 2012 and 2013
-Assistant coach Joe Vitt, 6 game suspension and $100,000 fine
-Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams suspended indefinitely.
According to the NFL Network, Payton was STUNNED when he learned about the severity of the suspension. For that matter, so were the rest of us. More on this to come in the next few hours.