PALM BEACH, FLA. (AP) - Sean Payton’s season-long suspension for New Orleans’ bounty system begins at the end of the week.
“I said in a letter they have to appeal by April 2, I believe,” Goodell said at the owners meetings. “If he decides to appeal, I probably will allow him to continue and I would expedite the hearing and I would expedite my decision.
“We did meet twice and went through the information. If he has something else for me to consider, I will.”
“This is a violation of a very serious rule,” Goodell said. “We have made player health and safety very clear as a priority. During the process of when this first was raised two years ago, there were denials. They were not forthright and that continued through our investigation.
“This is something with zero tolerance and is not acceptable.”
Payton has not addressed the media since the suspension, but has issued two written statements apologizing for the bounty system. He could speak when NFC coaches meet the media Wednesday morning.
Goodell also is waiting for recommendations from the players’ union before punishing any players for participating in the bounty system that targeted opponents for big hits. He has discussed the bounties with NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith.
“We would like to do (the players’ sanctions) as soon as reasonable,” Goodell said. “I expect to talk to him by the end of the week. We shared our confidential reports with him.”
The league’s investigation is continuing, Goodell added.View Entire Story
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