No what am I supposed to do with this crappy T-shirt?
When Sean Payton’s year-long suspension for his involvement in Bountygate was first handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last spring, the original intention was that he’d be barred from any and all coaching duties until after the 2013 Super Bowl. Well, now he’s beat the system (FREEDOM AT LAST)…by about a week.
Goodell officially reinstated Payton this morning, meaning he can now go about the business of being an NFL coach, and during this specific week in the calendar that means attending the Senior Bowl if you’re not preparing to play for a championship. The two men met yesterday, and in a statement Goodell called it a “very productive discussion”.
“Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”
In his statement, Payton said the kinds of things you expect a coach or player who’s been banished for a year to say. Apologize and accept responsibility. Annnd repeat:
“I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated back in March. I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program.”
I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations.
Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed.
Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.
I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!”
So now we can finally put all this bounty talk behind us forever, and never speak of it again. Right, New Orleans? (*ducks*)