Sean Payton Suspension
Sean Payton Suspension, New Orleans coach Sean Payton is appealing his seasonlong suspension from the league for his role in the Saints’ bounty system. He isn’t the only one looking for relief from penalties handed down by commissioner Roger Goodell.
General manager Mickey Loomis, assistant coach Joe Vitt and the Saints organization each decided to appeal Friday. Loomis is a former Seahawks executive and Vitt is a former Seahawks assistant coach.
Payton will ask Goodell for guidance on the parameters of the suspension, which runs through next year’s Super Bowl, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because the league and the Saints did not announce Payton’s plan to appeal.
Saints spokesman Greg Bensel did confirm Loomis was appealing his eight-game suspension and, separately, the team would challenge its $500,000 fine and loss of second-round draft picks this year and in 2013. Vitt is appealing a six-game suspension.