NFL — 09 April 2012
Saints Punishments Upheld By Roger Goodell

Now, there’s no way that anybody thought this ruling would be overturned. I mean, Roger Goodell is the one ruling on the appeal. Oh yeah, Roger Goodell is the one who levied the punishment in the first place. I’m sure Sean Payton wasn’t expecting it to be overturned either.

Roger Goodell has upheld the original punishments of the Saints…

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday rejected the Saints’ appeals of their unprecedented punishment stemming from the league’s investigation of the club’s bounty system. The program offered cash bonuses for big hits that knocked targeted opponents out of games or hurt them enough that they required help getting to the sideline.

In addition to upholding Payton’s suspension, which begins next Monday and runs through the Super Bowl — in New Orleans next season — Goodell also upheld suspensions of eight games for general manager Mickey Loomis and six games for assistant head coach Joe Vitt, along with a $500,000 fine for the franchise and the loss of second-round draft picks this year and next.

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