First news I got of the suspension, I was checking Saints Nation on my Droid, and I was agast. I was dumb-founded, I was beyond shocked. Suspended for a whole year??? You have to be freaking nuts!!! What the h e double hockey sticks did goddell think he was doing? Never has a coach been suspended. Even Hoodie wasn't suspended. Draft picks, a fine, yeah whatever. But suspend Payton for a year??!!!??? And Loomis, yeah that shocked me, but not as much. I read the ESPN story and watched the video, and it didn't look good for Sean. And of course as I am writing this, trying to link the story, seems the link has been pulled. The URL is http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_id/7718136/sean-payton-new-orleans-saints-banned-one-year-bounties. Well in this story, there is a quote stating that Sean got an e-mail, granted the story did not name the source of the e-mail, and in that e-mail, there was a PS. And in that PS, it stated that GW had him down for 5000 on rogers (sic). Does this mean that there was a 5000 bounty on Rodgers, to take him out of the game?? Or does this mean that there was a 5000 bounty to get a sack on him. Cam Newton was one of the players that was named as having a bounty on him last season. I read that there was no bounties going on this year. Well, it couldn't have been for last year since he is a rookie. I also checked, seems the entire ESPN site is down right now, * oh I am crying buckets * so back to what I am saying. If this is true, then I am extremely upset, I am beyond upset. I have based my opinion on the fact that I thought these guys played as a fraternity. That they respected one another and would not look to knock someone out of a game. Imagine this if you will fellow readers, Drew has the franchise tag on him. He gets a season ending injury and it looks like he might not make it back next year. His career is ruined. And it turns out he had a bounty on his head. How upset would you be?? Do you see why Drew doesn't want the franchise tag? I do. But I also don't see why they can't come to a deal. But back to the original meaning of my post. (It really sucks having ADD and trying to write a post) So anyway, Sean should have stopped this. He knew about it and did nothing. He is the head coach and the fact that anyone would put money on knocking someone out of a game does sicken me. I know the game is played hard and well fought. I know they go into the games wanting to tear the heads off the other guys. I know that if you take Rodgers out, then the Packers might not have won, even though that Matt Flynn guy turned out to be pretty good. But seriously folks, do you want Sean to come back knowing that he approved of this going on?? Is it honorable to offer monetary compensation for possibly ending someone's career?? Until I get the facts of the matter, I am withholding my support of Payton. I want to know what was the reasoning behind the e-mail and what the hell is really going on.
OK I went on Yahoo and they had the AP story. Here is the link : http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-saints-bounties
And this is the quote
As recently as this year, Payton said he was entirely unaware of the bounties—“a claim contradicted by others,” the league said. And according to the investigation, Payton received an email before the Saints’ first game in 2011 that read, “PS Greg Williams put me down for $5000 on Rogers (sic).” When Payton was shown that email by NFL investigators, he acknowledged it referred to a bounty on Rodgers, whose Packers beat the Saints in Week 1.