- Here is what the Saints have earned as a punishment as a result of “Bounty Gates.”
- The New Orleans Saints are fined $500,000 and will lose its 2012 and 2013 second round draft picks.
- Head Coach Sean Payton is suspended for the year without pay, starting on April 1st. (no draft for him)
- General Manager Mickey Loomis is suspended without pay for the first eight regular season games of 2012.
- Current St. Louis Rams and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is suspended indefinitely. His status will be reviewed at the end of the 2012 season.
- Saints’ assistant head coach Joe Vitt is barred the first six regular season games of 2012
- The individuals involved will be expected to participate in programs that teach respect, fair play, and that bounties are wrong.
I think this sets a great precedent for the league and makes it very clear how the league feels about bounties. Players have gotten less for more (outside the NFL type of stuff, rape, murder, and dog fighting) but this type of stuff puts players on the offensive side of the ball in immediate dangers, and with Peyton Manning coming off a neck injury, there is no way the league wants this kind of stuff endangering players (not saying that Manning is specifically why they made the punishment this harsh). Major League Baseball should consider this type of thing when a bunch of players connected to one team (cough! Yankees, cough!) get busted for steroids.