The NFL has ruled New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton suspended for one year without pay over bounties paid to team members for his participation in the so-called Bountygate scandal. Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who is now with the St. Louis Rams, has been banned from the NFL indefinitely.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is the first football coach in the NFL to ever be suspended for any reason. Payton is accused of participating in cash bounty payouts to Saints defensive players for their performance on the field. The NFL forbids the paying of bonuses based on player performance or handing out bounties for misconduct. In specific, the players were reportedly given cash bounty payments for ‘hard hits’ against opposing team members in an attempt to injure them.