Huge huge day for NFL news. New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton gets suspended for an entire season- costing him $7.5 million. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from football indefinitely.
From Los Sports Blog:
When news broke in early March 2012 that the New Orleans Saints had instituted a bounty system dated as far back as 2009, the immediate question was how severe the penalties would be.
Saints GM Mickey Loomis will be suspended 8 games and fined $500,000 individually while the Saints franchise will be fined $500,000 and will lose second round draft picks for 2012 and 2013.
The bounty system was apparently put in place by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was hired by the Rams in January and reportedly has been suspended indefinitely by the league as well.
One of the most significant incidents of the system has been Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma allegedly placing a $10,000 bounty on injuring then Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.