When the hammer came down on the Saints organization, I thought the penalties were extremely too much. I thought Payton and Loomis would get 4 games, Williams would get 8 games and players like linebacker Jonathan Vilma would get 2-4. I guess I was wrong...
-Sean Payton suspended for the entire 2012 season
-GM Mickey Loomis received an 8-game suspension
-Assistant coach Joe Vitt received a 6-game suspension
-Former Defensive Coordinator Gregg Willams (who ran the bounty program) SUSPENDED INDEFINITELY!!!
-The Saints were fined $500,000 and lost the 2nd round picks in 2012 AND 2013.
-Still waiting on the player sto get punished.
This is almost as worse as the DEATH PENALTY that was put on the SMU Mustangs football program back in 1987. Let's step back and look at the comparisons...
The NCAA picked up on a report and investigated the school and discovered that a real estate developer had been supplying money used to pay the school's players, though other boosters were believed to have been involved. The payments were approved by the school.
The Saints coaching staff and players were told by the NFL and their owner to stop the bounty program before the 2009 season, gut they continued and when they were investigated, Coach Payton lied to investigators and instructed his defensive assistants to lie.
Hmmmm. I remembered growing up, if my dad told me to stop doing something and he found out that I didn't and kept doing it multiple times AND then tried to cover it up....I would get a whooping that I never had before and would show my sister what would happen if I catch you doing it. This is what Goodell has done, severely penalize the organization to show that he's not playing and to show other teams in the NFL that if I catch yu doing this...expect the same.
I'm not a Goodell fan, but I understand why the penalties were so harsh; even if I didn't understand...Goodell is showing us who's behinc the wheel and dare you to contest him.