NFL Upholds Saints Suspensions

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Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The NFL upheld the suspensions of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant coach Joe Vitt for their roles in the team’s bounty system Monday. The trio filed their appeal with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week.

“The big thing Roger Goodell is trying to do, if you are involved in a system like this and you have to be accountable for a system like this, you are going to miss time from the field,” ESPN NFL insider John Clayton said. “You can pay the financially penalty, but these are coaches, these are front office executives, they care about the game itself and being on the field.”

The NFL suspended Payton for one year, while Loomis received an eight-game ban and Vitt received a six-game suspension.

Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was suspended indefinitely, did not appeal.

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