NFL met with Saints about bounty the day before Lions playoff game

Posted by ttwentyman on March 26, 2012 – 7:53 pm

The NFL met with the Saints about their “bounty” program the day before their Wild Card playoff game against the Lions, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday at the NFL league meetings in Florida.

“I sent Jeff Pash and our head of security Jeff Miller down to meet with (Saints owner) Mr. Benson I believe it was the Friday before a Saturday game,” Goodell said.

“The point was to make it clear that we had new and credible information that a bounty program may exist and that he should make it very clear beginning with the game the next day that there should be no bounty system in play while our investigation continues.”

It’s unclear if  a “bounty” existed for the Lions game and 49ers game the following week.  The NFL has not discovered any specific target of a Lions player in their investigation.

The Saints were fined $500,000 and had two second-round draft picks (2012 and 2013) taken from them as a result of the investigation. Also, head coach Sean Payton is suspended the entire year, general manager Mickey Loomis is suspended the first eight games of this season and assistant coach Joe Vitt is suspended without pay for the first six games.

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6 Responses to “NFL met with Saints about bounty the day before Lions playoff game”

  1. By Joe on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    check the hit on stafford in their prior meeting.

  2. By ken on Mar 26, 2012 | Reply

    How about ripping and twisting off the helmet of kevin smith. The hits on Stafford at goalline in playoff game. hands to the face. etc….

  3. By Michael on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    honestly, i cant really say that the playoff game was really unfair or played rough it looked like a clean football game to me and like any defense you want to hit the quarterback, not necessarily for injury they made a huge mistake but the game against the lions was pretty clean, just dont fell like the lions need anymore excuses we are a good team well come back out and win big this next year. GO LIONS!!

  4. By russbell on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    were does sean payton get off bringing in a gost from the past
    named bill parcel its like a slap to rodger godell face oh kick me out ok

  5. By russbell on Mar 27, 2012 | Reply

    bill parcell they should only be able to use their own coachs on the
    team did they forget they are to be punished not rewarded were the fuxk
    does sean get off on doing this. will he ever learn think not he should be banned
    from football coching in the nfl oh yeah cant wait for our teams to meet
    again your team wont be so lucky again unless you fatten the refs
    pocket again loser cheater and every lion player that lost thier cool
    was right they seen the dirty play thats why they were mad
    also the refs should be held accounable for thier bad calls in that game
    fine them 50.000 for every bad call and 3 month off. fair i think so
    make it a rule so the mob cant control the game no more

  6. By Dave on Mar 28, 2012 | Reply

    I think as punishment the Saints must hire Matt Millen as interim general manager and have him select this year’s and next year’s draft picks.

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