The commissioner has spoken. Again.
Roger Goodell rejected appeals from the New Orleans Saints and head coach Sean Payton to reduce penalties stemming from the bounty scandal that has dominated headlines during the NFL offseason.
Head coach Sean Payton will begin his year-long suspension on April 16, while general manager Mickey Loomis will be permitted to work through the draft and training camp before beginning his eight-game ban.
From the NFL's official release:
The New Orleans Saints, along with General Manager Mickey Loomis, Head Coach Sean Payton, and Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt, were notified today that after careful consideration of their appeals, Commissioner Roger Goodell has upheld the discipline that was imposed for continuing violations of the league's anti-bounty rule that endangered player safety over a three-year period.
They must have forgotten to put in the mock quotation marks around "careful consideration." The harsh penalties -- that included two lost draft picks and a $500,000 fine for the team -- were given by Goodell.
There shouldn't have been any reasonable expectation that he was going to change his mind. You can't appeal to the same judge who already handed down his ruling.