Found April 02, 2012 on This Given Sunday:
According to the Associated Press, the NFLPA has told players that will be interviewed by the NFL with regards to the bountygate scandal that it would be in those players' best interests to have a lawyer and a union representative present during any meetings with the league. Are we surprised by this? No, but the suggestion underscores just how serious this matter really is. Of the 27 possible players the NFL has said may have been involved with the bounty program instituted by former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, only Jonathan Vilma has been named by the league. Criminal prosecution still seems like a very unlikely scenario, provided of course that there's no further evidence that would be far more damning than the evidence that has been released. A suspension, however, seems inevitable for at least some of the players involved and especially Vilma. Roger Goodell sent a very strong message with the suspension of multiple coaches involved, especially by susp...

Jonathan Vilma and Peter King are beefing on Twitter

Jonathan Vilma and Peter King traded a few shots over Twitter Tuesday after King pointed out that the Saints were signing linebackers to prepare for potential bounty suspensions. The Sports Illustrated NFL writer singled out Vilma with this tweet: Curtis Lofton, Chris Chamberlain, David Hawthorne. Get the message, Jonathan Vilma? — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) April 3, 2012 King...

Payton joins Jimmy Buffett onstage

Sean Payton, the soon-to-be suspended New Orleans Saints head coach— barring a successful appeal—took some time to join the island escapist crooner onstage to play the congas. 

Saints bounty scandal won’t help with Drew Brees’ contract situation

According to Peter King of, despite the New Orleans Saints current crisis with the ongoing bounty investigation, it won’t help bring a resolution to quarterback Drew Brees’ contract dilemma. The Saints placed the franchise tag on Brees since both sides were unable to work out a new deal.  Since then Brees has made it clear that he’s not happy and there’s a chance...

Saints' appeals to be heard Thursday

The NFL says the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean Payton, assistant Joe Vitt and GM Mickey Loomis will have their appeals hearing Thursday for punishment connected to the team's bounty system. League spokesman Greg Aiello says in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams did not appeal his indefinite suspension. Earlier...

NFL: Saints appeal hearings expected this week

The NFL expects to hold hearings this week on appeals filed in connection with the investigation of the Saints' bounty system, a league spokesman said. Greg Aiello said Sunday in an email to The Associated Press that he could not confirm who has appealed, citing league policies. He also could not provide the particular days or times that hearings would be held, saying the league...

Saints' Payton, Loomis will appeal suspensions Tuesday

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis plan to be at the NFL offices in New York Tuesday for their respective appeals following suspensions due to the team’s bounty scandal.According to ESPN, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell won’t waste any time and is pushing for an expedited appeal. He is expected to have his ruling soon after both cases are...

Report: NFLPA gets lawyer for Saints

The NFL Players Association has told players involved in the New Orleans Saints' bounty case there's a chance they could face criminal charges and it has hired outside counsel. While Commissioner Roger Goodell weighs how to punish players the league says might be connected to the bounties, the NFLPA also has suggested that players have a lawyer and union representative present...

Sean Payton Prepares for NFL Meeting With Uninspired Bongos Performance at Jimmy Buffett Concert (Video)

Sean Payton may find that he has a lot of free time on his hands for the next year. Maybe he's planning on using that time off to begin a second career as a bongos player. If that's the case, he's got a long way to go. The New Orleans Saints head coach was in attendance for a Jimmy Buffett concert on Sunday night, and the recently suspended Payton found himself on stage...

Sean Payton starts his suspension by wastin’ away in Margaritaville

After a year’s worth of practice he’ll be killer on those bongos. There’s a lot worse ways to spend a year-long suspension than by hanging out at a Jimmy Buffett concert and playing the bongos.  Payton was Buffett’s special guest during a recent concert in New Orleans, and the singer showed off his support of the Saints coach by sporting a black and gold “Free Sean Payton”...

Goodell won’t prevent Saints from hiring Bill Parcells

In what has become rare for the team these days — fortunate news — there is one less roadblock to worry about in the Saints’ pursuit to rustle Bill Parcells out of retirement as the substitute head coach. Per the Associated Press, commissioner Roger Goodell stated he won’t prevent New Orleans from hiring Parcells, saying, “That’s their decision.” “That’s their...

Saints Sign David Hawthorne, Jonathan Vilma’s Days Are Numbered in New Orleans

Photo Credit: The New Orleans Saints will unquestionably face an uphill battle trying to overcome the daunting distractions and controversy from the bounty scandal in 2012, but that hasn’t prevented premier players on the open market from deciding to take their talents down to the Big Easy. David Hawthorne is the latest free agent pickup for the Saints.  The team...
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