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WhoDat!656 04-17-2012 07:34 AM

Sean Payton told to call if he talks
Under the terms of his season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans' bounty program, coach Sean Payton is not allowed to have any contact with the Saints organization or anyone around the NFL, and if he does, must report it to league executive Ray Anderson, a source familiar with the suspension tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Thus, when Payton's suspension began Monday, he essentially was cut off from every Saints employee and any coaching friend he has around the league until the day after the 2013 Super Bowl, when the suspension is scheduled to end.

Payton and Saints general manager Mickey Loomis have beach houses about one mile apart from each other in Florida. They cannot, by the NFL's law, say hello to each other on the beach without Anderson being informed of it.

The NFL's investigation into the Saints found that Payton initially lied about the existence of a bounty program and instructed his defensive assistants to do the same.

The Saints have been fined $500,000 and stripped of two second-round draft picks. Loomis is suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season, while interim head coach Joe Vitt -- who took over that role Monday -- will be barred for the first six regular-season games.

Former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who oversaw the bounty system in which opponents were targeted for hits that could sideline or injure them, is suspended indefinitely. He left New Orleans in January to become defensive coordinator in St. Louis.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to soon punish Saints players for their roles in the program. Between 22 and 27 current and former Saints defenders were involved, according to the league investigation.

Meanwhile, quarterback Drew Brees says there was no real progress when the NFL Players Association and the league discussed the bounty program at the league's offices Monday.

"We didn't get any meaningful evidence, or any meaningful truth or facts," Brees told after the meetings

New Orleans Saints' Sean Payton barred from all league contact, source says - ESPN

neugey 04-17-2012 12:46 PM

Perhaps they should just have Sean cryogenically frozen in the NFL league office, supervised 24-7 by armed guards and then they can unthaw him the night after the Super Bowl. That way Sean doesn't lose a year of his life and can't be accused of any contact with the team.

Rugby Saint II 04-17-2012 01:02 PM

You never never write.

UK_WhoDat 04-17-2012 02:50 PM

Are they allowed to send Christmas cards to each other?

Can their wives do the talking instead for them?

Speedy Ron 04-17-2012 03:17 PM

i hope someone throws a flaming bag of $#!t at goodell when he comes here for the superbowl. or at least puts pubes in his meals

TheOak 04-17-2012 03:28 PM

As I posted in another thread....

This is quite a paradox... In fact, him calling the League to report a violation, is violating his suspension... The infinite reporting circle.

pinch 04-17-2012 03:38 PM

An Option?
If I were Payton I'd create a YouTube channel and start my own weekly breakdown of Saints games. The videos would be there for everyone to view, so technically this wouldn't be communicating with anyone in particular, right?

SaintsBro 04-17-2012 03:54 PM

I've said this before, but I want them to put Payton up on the Jumbotron inside the Dome in the 3rd quarter break each week, to do the weather instead of Bob Breck. C'mon, make it happen Loomis!

gandhi1007 04-17-2012 04:38 PM

I have a feeling that wherever Comrade Goodell eats in New Orleans, it will be a very "special" meal. ;-)

halloween 65 04-17-2012 05:03 PM

A NFL head coach with contacts in every circle he has set himself for years is impossible to have no contact with. Maybe he should be stranded on an island with the crew of the USS Minnow.

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