New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and head coach Sean Payton are meeting today with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
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The Saints have been accused of administering a “bounty program” under former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. The program was designed to reward defensive players with cash for injuring various players on the opposing team’s offense. Williams, now with the St. Louis Rams, has also been cooperating with the NFL in their investiagion.
Goodell will reportedly determine the team’s discipline for the program by March 25, however Schefter reports that such a violation could result in fines, suspensions, and forfeiture of draft choices. 2012 saw a league-wide crackdown on illegal hits, as a new focus has been placed on the dangers of concussions. Some have speculated that the Saints good receive sanctions stricter than the ones the Patriots received in 2007 for “Spygate.” New England was fined $250,000 and head coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for the infraction.