It seems the New Orleans Saints and their fans just can't catch a break this offseason. Less than a day after becoming the highest paid player in NFL history, Drew Brees has been suspended for the first four games of the 2012 season by commissioner Roger Goodell, citing his involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal as cause.
Drew Brees and the Saints agreed to a 5-year, $100 million contract earlier today before the July 16th franchise tag deadline, much to the delight of Saints fans across the world. Brees will have to forfeit some of that money, however, as he serves his four-game suspension.
Goodell released a short statement regarding the suspension saying, "We have audio of Brees, or somebody, saying something about money. Mary Jo White can confirm that this audio proves without a shadow of a doubt that Brees was not only aware of the illegal bounty program set up by Gregg Williams but was also an active participant."
Brees wouldn't comment on the situation other than to urge Saints fans to reserve judgement and wait until all the facts are made available.
A bittersweet day for Who Dat Nation, to say the least. But it only seems fitting given everything they've endured this offseason.