We knew the penalties for the New Orleans Saints “bounty” program were going to be steep but breaking down the bomb Roger Goodell levied upon the team is nothing short of shocking.

– Head Coach Sean Payton is suspended without pay for the entire 2012 NFL season. To counter, former Saints and now Rams defensive coordinator and bounty organizer Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely.
– The team is fined $500,000 and forfeits a second round pick in each of the next two NFL Drafts (2012 & 2013).
– GM Mickey Loomis is suspended for 8 games and fined $500,000 by himself.
– Assistant head coach Joe Vitt is suspended six games.
– The NFL is going to hand out individual punishments to the players who participated in the bounty.
– Drew Brees still isn’t signed.

The PR department for the Saints is scrambling right now in terms of spin as the damage caused by these sanctions not only jeopardize the Saints hopes of playing in Super Bowl XLVII which is in New Orleans but by even contending in its own division. A dark day on Bourbon Street indeed.

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