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SBD/April 10, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
NFL's Goodell Shows Some Leniency, But Denies Saints Appeal On Bounty Suspensions
Published April 10, 2012
THE SOFTER SIDE: Goodell said he would "consider mitigating the financial penalties" on the various individuals involved "if they embrace the opportunity" to assist in programs teaching players and coaches principles of player safety, fair play and sportsmanship. But CBSSPORTS.com’s Will Brinson wrote the fact that the Saints lost their appeal “isn’t particularly surprising” (CBSSPORTS.com, 4/9). The AP’s Brett Martel wrote Goodell “showed leniency” in his statement yesterday (AP, 4/9). In New Orleans, Jeff Duncan wrote Goodell “dangled a couple of carrots” at the Saints as post-suspension rewards. If the team can “keep their noses clean and work with the league on some of their player-safey programs they could get their second-round pick back next season.” Duncan: “That’s big.” The league also said that it “will consider reducing the financial penalties on some individuals” (NOLA.com, 4/9).
WHO'S IN CHARGE? A league official said Payton is “not allowed to engage in any coaching activities.” The official said Goodell is “not naïve enough to think there won’t be some contact but (Payton’s) not allowed to coach from home. … If a player has a baby, can he call to congratulate him? I don’t think we’re going to worry about that, or have a wiretap on his phone” (ESPN.com, 4/9).