March 21, 2012
Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season Wednesday, marking the first time the NFL has ever handing down a punishment of that magnitude in league history.
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After an unsuccessful appeal, the NFL rules Monday that Saints head coach Sean Payton’s one-year suspension, GM Mickey Loomis’ 8-game ban and assistant coach Joe Vitt’s 6-game suspension will stick for their roles in the team’s illegal bounty program.
For running an illegal bounty program, Saints head coach Sean Payton becomes the first head coach in NFL history to be suspended — receiving a one-year ban Wednesday — while former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is out indefinitely and New Orleans GM Mickey Loomis gets eight games.