NFL Slams Saints Over Bountygate; Coach Suspended For 2012 Season

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has been “suspended for one season without pay for his involvement in the team’s bounty program,” NFL.com reports.

The team’s former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, “has been suspended indefinitely.” He ran the program that paid players bounties for hits that knocked opponents out of games. Williams left the Saints after last season to join the St. Louis Rams.

And Saints general manager Mickey Loomis “has been suspended for eight games.”

Also, according to CNN, the team has been fined $500,000 and must forfeit second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts.

Need to catch up on what bountygate, a scandal that has rocked the NFL, is all about? Sports Illustrated has a lengthy look here.

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