New Orleans Saints Denied Appeal For Sean Payton

The New Orleans Saints coaches and its general manager has lost appeals to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. It means nothing will change for coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt.

Payton is suspended from professional football for a year, beginning April 16. Loomis and Vitt will begin serving their suspensions of eight and six games, respectively, when the 2012 season begins.

Commissioner Roger Goodell, who meted out the extraordinary punishments in response to the Saints employing a bounty system from 2009 to 2011 in which defenders tried to injure opponents, ruled quickly on the appeals as he had indicated he would.

Goodell did indicate he may reconsider the financial penalties faced by individuals punished in the scandal, although it was not immediately clear what those were. The suspensions were without pay, but no individual fines on Payton, Loomis, or Vitt were mentioned earlier.

Separately, the Saints as a franchise had appealed the loss of second round draft picks this year and next and a $500,000 fine. Goodell upheld those penalties, too.

The Saints had no immediate comment on Goodell’s decision.




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