Saints dealt stiff punishment for Favre bounty

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The NFL came down hard on the Saints for Bountygate.
Saints coaches had a bounty on Brett Favre's head during the 2009 NFC Championship Game. Now, they'll have to pay a stiff price themselves.

Following an investigation, the NFL today suspended Saints coach Sean Payton for the entire 2012 season. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely. Two second-round draft picks were stripped from the franchise, along with $500,000.

Meanwhile, Vikings fans are left to stew, wondering what could've been had the officials had a clue (and had Adrian Peterson applied stickem to his hands prior to the game).

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The Saints ravaged Favre with borderline hits as the referees looked the other way and Adrian Peterson fumbled.
According to the NFL's investigation, Saints defensive captain Jonathan Vilma offered $10,000 to any player who hit Favre so hard he couldn't return. The Saints then battered the grizzled gunslinger with questionable hits throughout the brutal 31-28 loss, a game that will go down as the one where some longtime Vikings fans felt their faith in the Purple stomped out once and for all.

The news prompted Saints quarterback Drew Brees to take to Twitter and whine: Two tears, Drew. You'll always have your bounty-tainted Super Bowl championship. Us Vikings fans? All we've got are the brutal memories.

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Vikingssuck
Vikingssuck

It's sad to see Vikings fans are still crying 2 years later...  Saints didn't cheat, they played FOOTBALL.... Maybe if the Vikings didn't pull a 40 year old QB out of retirement

Joefox
Joefox

Vikingssuck---lets write with common sense please.Yes they did cheat and the refs looked the other way The refs should be ashamed of themselves. All because of a hurricane. Do you think if every game played this coming fall allowed players to hit the quarterbacks after they release the ball and after whistles--refs would allow it----NO. They let it go because New Orleans is a pathetic pit and they wanted them to have something to celebrate. HOW PATHETIC.

Johnny
Johnny

I don't see how a league punishment in any way precludes law enforcement from stepping in to investigate conspiracy, gang activity, RICO, and felony assault.......

Mn Voter
Mn Voter

cry me a river, brees. your team cheated.

TroyB3
TroyB3

Bunch of Corncobs.

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