Why are Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis still suspended?
In a stunning announcement, an Appeals Panel has overturned the suspensions in the New Orleans Saints’ Bounty Scandal. It was just announced that the suspensions of Saints’ Defensive End Will Smith, Linebacker Jonathon Vilma and Cleveland Browns’ Linebacker Scott Fujita have all been overturned and are now available to play on Sunday. This is good news for both teams and a victory for Saints’ fans who believed that the NFL was picking on the Saints and punished them without clear evidence.
This means that when the Saints host the Washington Redskins on Sunday, Robert Griffin’s first NFL game won’t be as easy as some suspected. With the suspensions of the players, many felt the Redskins could pull off the upset and win on Sunday but now things look bleak for rookie sensation Robert Griffin. Though, while the players being able to play and having their suspensions overturned is great for the Saints, what puzzles me is why Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis are still suspended.
When Roger Goodell came down hard on the Saints, he also suspended Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis as part of the punishment. It was way too harsh in my opinion to suspend Payton and Loomis, and the fact that they haven’t been un suspended is a total joke. Ok I get it, un suspending the players is fine and should have been done, but to completely leave out Payton and Loomis is a slap in the face to both men who had nothing to do with what happened. Both were innocent and Goodell just wanted to continue showing that he isn’t afraid to go on a power trip and suspended them for no reason.
If the Saints truly want justice they would find a way to have the suspensions of Payton and Loomis lifted, or at the very least reduced to eight games. They have already got through the first stage of healing by having their players suspensions lifted, now it would only be right to lift the suspensions of Payton and Loomis. The Appeals court deserves an round of applause for lifting the suspensions of players, and now they need to finish lifting the suspensions of the Saints by allowing Sean Payton to coach on the sidelines during the 2012 NFL Season, and allow GM Mickey Loomis to resume is job over seeing the Saints organization.
Free Sean Payton and Free Mickey Loomis.
Mike Presley is a NFL Writer for The Penalty Flag. He is a graduate of the Carolina School of Broadcasting and hosts a weekly NFL show on 89.3 The Storm entitled “The Front Seven.” Mike writes for the racing website www.hardcoreracefans.com. Follow him on Twitter @mikepresley64.