Found May 16, 2012 on Sportress of Blogitude:
To help the New Orleans Saints properly mourn and at the same time pay tribute and remember the cruel fate currently being suffered by their head coach at the hands of the NFL after the league suspended him for one year, the team will leave an unoccupied chair during all team meetings and on all [...]
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  • I wished my employer and co-workers honored me that way...if I were suspended they'd probably just clean out my desk and tell me not to let the door hit me on the way out.

Louisiana senate appeals to NFL

By a vote of 28 to 1, the Louisiana state senate passed a resolution that requests the NFL reconsider the suspensions handed down to Saints players and coaches.

Report: Saints to leave Payton's seat empty

Though Joe Vitt will coach the New Orleans Saints in Sean Payton's absence, no one will sit in the suspended coach's chair while he's away. The team plans to leave Payton's seat on the bus and plane empty this season as well as in meetings, according to a report in The Times-Picayune of New Orleans. Vitt told the paper that coach's absence is already felt...

Brian Brohm May Soon Be Signed By The New Orleans Saints

Garland Gillen, a sports reporter for WWL TV in New Orleans is reporting that former Cardinal quarterback Brian Brohm may soon be signed the Saints. Brohm participated in the Saints minicamp over the weekend. Brian apparently had an impressive showing in the Big Easy. Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt says the team would like to sign another quarterback before the offseason organized...

Brees critical of Saints in radio interview

Drew Brees says he's frustrated by a lack of communication with the New Orleans Saints in his ongoing contract negotiations and believes the club should show more urgency to get a long-term deal done. In an interview with WWL radio in New Orleans on Wednesday night, Brees says he's extremely frustrated that he still is not signed and could miss the Saints' first organized...

Saints' Jonathan Vilma Files Defamation Suit Against Roger Goodell, NFL

NEW ORLEANS -- Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, claiming the league's top executive made false statements that tarnished Vilma's reputation and hindered his ability to earn a living playing football. The suit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans claims Goodell, "relied on, at best...

Saints Nation: Jed Collins' Epic Tweet

What more needs to be said than this?? Worst thing you can do against a champion is count them out Do you hear the world's opinion on the @Saints?#BringIt#UsAgainstTheWorld — Jedidiah Collins (@JedCollins45) May 15, 2012

Drew Brees growing increasingly upset with Saints over lack of extension

With voluntary workouts already underway and training camp just around the corner, Drew Brees has yet to sign a contract with the Saints for the 2012 season. As you know, the Saints have applied the franchise tag to their star quarterback. For obvious reasons, Brees has yet to sign the tender and doesn’t sound like he intends to. With each passing day, the Saints’ star quarterback...

La. Senate votes to formally approach NFL about "too harsh" bounty penalties

The Louisiana State Senate voted to formally request the NFL reconsider penalties against the team as a result of the bounty program the Saints allegedly employed under defensive coordinator Gregg Wiliams. Williams, who left to become defensive coordinator of the Rams in December, was suspended indefinitely and Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, as was...

Drew Brees: Contract talks “extremely frustrating”

(Chris Graythen/Getty Images) With everything that has happened this offseason for the Saints, having their franchise quarterback frustrated and without a long term deal is the last thing they need. “It’s extremely frustrating for me, but here we are,” Brees told WWL Radio in New Orleans. “I know I’m certainly committed to getting a long-term deal, as I have been throughout...

Saints Nation: Chronic Podcast - Dream Scenario Edition

In our previous episode Kevin Held laid out the NIGHTMARE SCENARIO for 2012. This week Andrew Juge of the Saints Nation stops by and lays out such a beautiful dream scenario for 2012 Ralph says if it happens the Saints could never win again and he'd be fine with it. Before they indulge in dreams of Roger Goodell handing the Saints another Lombardi trophy, they discuss Jonathan...

Vilma sues Goodell for defamation

Suspended Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma has filed a defamation lawsuit against NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Brees on contract talks: 'Extremely frustrating'

Drew Brees continues to be bold in expressing his emotions regarding the slow pace of contract negotiations with the Saints. Brees' contract expired at the end of the 2011 season. He's the Saints exclusive franchise player, meaning he cannot negotiate with other teams, but has not signed the one-year, $16.3 million tender and doesn't plan to any time soon. "...

Separate hearings to be heard in bounty case challenging Goodell

Players appealing suspensions stemming from their alleged involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal will collectively have two hearings and likely two different arbitrators in their challenges of Commissioner Roger Goodell's jurisdiction. Jonathan Vilma, Anthony Hargrove, Scott Fujita and Will Smith are appealing suspensions beginning with a hearing Wednesday to be heard...

Fired MLB arbitrator Das central figure in Saints' player appeals

League and team officials have steadfastly suggested that there is little or perhaps even no correlation between the NFL's bounty suspensions of four current and former New Orleans players and the various sanctions imposed on Major League Baseball players for violations of that game's drug policy. But there figures to be some uneasiness in the NFL offices over the next...
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