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Goodell upholds Saints suspensions

Posted by Greg A. Bedard  April 9, 2012 01:22 PM

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The NFL has announced that the suspensions of Saints coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the bounty scandal have been upheld after reviewing their appeal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Payton is suspended for the entire 2012 season, starting April 16.

Loomis (eight games) and Vitt (six) will start their suspensions at the conclusion of the preseason.

Goodell said he would review the financial and draft pick penalties if everyone cooperates with the continuing case.

The Saints were fined $500,000, and the individuals were suspended without pay. The Saints were docked second round picks in 2012 and '13.

"The club and the individuals will be expected to cooperate in any further proceedings and to assist in the development and implementation of programs to instruct players and coaches at all levels on principles of player safety, fair play, and sportsmanship," the league statement said. "If they embrace the opportunity and participate in a constructive way, Commissioner Goodell said he would consider mitigating the financial penalties on the individuals. In the case of the team, the commissioner would consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team's 2013 second-round draft choice.

"At the conclusion of their suspensions, the commissioner will review the status of each of the three individuals to determine their eligibility for reinstatement. "

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