The NFL announced on Monday that the suspensions facing the New Orleans Saints, head coach Sean Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach (and former Packers assistant) Joe Vitt have been upheld by commissioner Roger Goodell following last week’s appeal.
The NFL did acknowledge that the penalties could be reduced at some future point, however.
According to a press release from the NFL, “If they embrace the opportunity and participate in a constructive way, Commissioner Goodell said he would consider mitigating the financial penalties on the individuals. In the case of the team, the commissioner would consider whether there are factors that would support modifying the forfeiture of the team’s 2013 second-round draft choice.”
The NFL previously announced that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was one of several players targeted through the Saints’ bounty program paying players to intentionally injure opponents. Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre was another target when he played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2009.
Payton’s one-year suspension without pay from the NFL will begin on April 16.
The eight-game suspension for Loomis and the six-game suspension for Vitt will begin at the conclusion of the preseason.
Vitt was an assistant on Packers head coach Ray Rhodes’ staff in 1999.
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