Saints Suspensions Upheld by Commissioner Goodell

April 9, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
New Orleans Saints v Minnesota Vikings
Saints head coach Sean Payton will have no communication with the team throughout the 2012 season. (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday notified New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton (full-season suspension), GM Mickey Loomis (eight-game suspension), and assistant coach Joe Vitt (six-game suspension) that their punishments for violating the league’s bounty rule would be upheld, according to a report on the NFL’s website.

In a separate report on the same site, it was reported that one of Payton’s requirements for reinstatement is that he must avoid all football and operational communication with the team until after next year’s Super Bowl.

The bounty program, mainly run by then-defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, offered cash rewards for hits on opposing players during games that resulted in injuries.

In a bit of irony, Payton himself tore his MCL and fractured his tibia in October of last year during the first quarter of a game when he accidentally run over by a player on the field.