Scandals: #5 New Orleans Saints bounty suspensions

Year In Review Staff
Yahoo! News
New Orleans Saints' BountyGate
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Sean Payton (pictured, right) and Gregg Williams were both suspended by the NFL after accusations that the New Orleans Saints instituted a bounty program to reward injuring opponents. (Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The New Orleans Saints' yearlong battle with the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell made our list, after the league office leveled suspensions against the team's players and coaches for allegedly putting bounties on opposing players. In short: Players were rewarded for injuring members of opposing teams. Many of the suspensions were reduced after an appeals court ruled that Goodell had overstepped his authority.