The NFL today announced that it was upholding the discipline earlier handed down as a result of the bounty program. This isn’t exactly surprising news. Roger Goodell determined what he thought was a good punishment, then heard the appeal where everyone tried to tell him how wrong he was. Sean Payton’s suspension will now begin two weeks later, starting April 16th, and we can all once again talk about Bill Parcells being a candidate not only for the Saints job but also every other job in the league.
However, one thing the release did say is that the financial penalties could be reduced:
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.
What does this mean? We don’t know for sure, but my guess is that selling “Free Sean Payton” t-shirts on the Home Shopping Network and further appearances with Jimmy Buffett will be frowned upon. As for you Saints fans, you better be nice to Roger when he comes to town. No booing at the Super Bowl this year, because he may just give that second round pick back if you are nice. Maybe.
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