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Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, La. Payton was suspended and fined today for a bounty program that paid bonuses to players for injuring opponents. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
Final Note

NFL suspends New Orleans Saints coaches, manager

Tess Vigeland Mar 21, 2012
Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints walks off the field after their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, La. Payton was suspended and fined today for a bounty program that paid bonuses to players for injuring opponents. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

And this final note. The New Orleans Saints were marched to the woodshed today. The National Football League suspended Coach Sean Payton for a year without pay and fined the team half a million dollars as punishment for a bounty program that paid bonuses to players for injuring opponents.

ESPN reports the suspension will cost Payton some $7.5 million; The Saints’ general manager was suspended for eight games; and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now with the St. Louis Rams, was suspended indefinitely.

The league said payoffs included 1,500 for “knockouts” that took opposing players out of games. Bad voo-doo for the city that’s hosting next year’s Super Bowl.

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