NFL commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, assistant head coach Joe Vitt and general manager Mickey Loomis on Monday.
The initial suspensions were levied in the wake of the team's bounty program, which the Saints used over a three-year period.
Payton will serve a one-year suspension beginning April 16, Loomis will miss eight games and Vitt will sit out six, per their original punishments.
The Saints were initially fined $500,000 and forced to forfeit their second-round picks in the 2012 and 2013 NFL drafts. The financial numbers may be lowered, Goodell noted on Monday.
Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who implemented the bounty program, has been suspended indefinitely by Goodell.
Payton has since apologized for the bounty scandal and approached legendary coach Bill Parcells about possibly taking over the Saints on an interim basis.The Saints had a bounty program in place from 2009 through 2011 with incentives ...