The Bountygate Banhammer Has Fallen

03.21.12 6 years ago 95 Comments

Well, this has turned into quite the eventful day all of a sudden. Before we descend into the supreme joke fodder that is Tebow to the Jets, let’s make sure to give the Ginger Hammering the attention it is due:

Saints coach Sean Payton has been suspended for one year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight regular-season games, the team was fined $500,000 and lost two second-round draft picks (one in 2012 and ’13) as a result of a bounty program conducted by the team during the 2009-11 seasons.

Looks like Payton is gonna have some time to heal up that leg. Jeff Fisher will have to practice his lofty meshology with a new defensive coordinator. Also: BAHAHAHAHAHA SO LONG, GREGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!

As we suspected, the Saints are pretty f*cked for this upcoming season. Gotta say, though, for all the bluster that this was going to much more severe punishment than Spygate, I’m a little disappointed. True, the Pats didn’t get any suspensions, but in terms of picks, two second-rounders isn’t all that much worse than one first. I know the Saints don’t have a first-rounder this year, but the NFL could have easily taken next year’s first. I WANTED BLOOD! As for fines, Belichick and the Pats got hit with $750,000 while the Saints got $500,000. UPDATE: Mickey Loomis is also getting fined $500,000, so there’s that. But then fines don’t mean sh*t. Those are the biggest slaps on the wrist of all.

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