Payton And Loomis To Appeal This Week With Commish
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and General Manager Mickey Loomis will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in New York this week to appeal their suspensions. Payton is currently scheduled to be suspended until the end of Super Bowl XLVII, while Loomis is suspended the first 8 weeks of the regular season.
Goodell pledged that his ruling on the appeals will come days after they state their case, not weeks. Payton, whose suspension was set to begin yesterday, can continue to coach until his appeal has been ruled on.
Payton has publicly stated that an upside to the appeal is being able to meet with Commissioner Goodell and ask him more questions about the terms of his suspension. Goodell addressed Payton’s punishment last Monday, claiming that Payton won’t be barred from from all contact with the team, but certainly won’t be allowed to “coach from home.”
Loomis will not only be appealing his 8 game suspension, but also making an appeal on behalf of the Saints. The team will challenge the half a million dollar fine, along with the two 2nd round draft picks (2012,2012) that was levied on them as a result of “bountygate.”