NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has a reputation as a no nonsense dictator, and his ruling today on the New Orleans Saints reinforces that reputation.
Saints’ head coach Sean Payton has been suspended for the entire year 2012 NFL season. General manager Mickey Loomis will miss eight games. Gregg Williams, the ex Saints and current St. Louis Rams’ defensive coordinator who was behind this whole fiasco in the first place, has been suspended indefinitely. All three of these guys are suspended without pay. Ouch.
On a side note, shortly after announcing the decision, Goodell wrote to the owners of all 32 NFL teams asking that they verify that no more “pay for performance” systems were in place. Wouldn’t it have been cool if one of the owners wrote back, “Well if that’s the case, I guess we’re shutting down the NFL, right?”