Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 3/21/12

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 05: Commissioner of the NFL Roger Goodell speaks to members of the media during the NFL Commissioner Press Conference held at the Greater Ft. Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center as part of media week for Super Bowl XLIV on February 5, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

All that was left was to find out the punishments. According to reports that are threatening to break Twitter as we speak, the punishments are harsh. Whether of not they are too harsh is for you to decide.

Adam Schefter reports via twitter that the punishments are as follows:

  • Saints head coach Sean Payton is suspended for a year effective April 1st, 2012
  • Saints lose two second-round draft choices 2012, and 2013 and are fined $500,000
  • Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (now with Rams) is suspended indefinitely
  • Saints executive Mickey Loomis suspended eight games and fined $500,000
  • Saints assistant coach Joe Vitt suspended six games and fined $100,000

Obviously the big story for Browns fans is what is coming for players. At this point Scott Fujita is claiming to be relatively innocent in comparison to the ugliest of the allegations, but we’ll have to see. We aren’t privy to the results of the league’s investigation.

What we do know is that Fujita was involved and the league quite obviously wants to make an example out of this case to avoid it ever happening again. That could spell some seriously missed time for Fujita and a serious hole in the Browns’ defense. While Fujita is aging, the defense played noticeably worse in each of the last two seasons after he got injured.

[Related: Fujita implicated in Saints bounty investigation]

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