Saints Coach Payton Suspended For Bounty Program

March 22, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
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Sean Payton's one-year suspension is just one of the penalties handed down to the Saints for the bounty program they ran. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

The NFL announced on Wednesday they had notified the New Orleans Saints of penalties that will be handed down for violating the NFL’s Bounty rule over the last three seasons, according to a release on the NFL’s website.

According to the NFL, the Saints ran a secret bounty program that gave out bounty payments for injuring opposing players from 2009-2011.

Among the penalties, head coach Sean Payton will be suspended without pay for the 2012 season, effective April 1 while general manager Mickey Loomis will be suspended for the first eight games.

In addition, the Saints will be fined $500,000 and must forfeit its second-round draft picks in each of the next two drafts.

Current Rams defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was the Saints defensive coordinator from 2009-2011 is suspended indefinitely from the NFL, effective immediately. Commissioner Roger Goodell will review his status for reinstatement at the conclusion of the 2012 season.