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Saints | Roger Goodell stands by punishment

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is confident that his unprecedented punishments in the New Orleans Saints' bounty scandal, including an indefinite suspension of former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and a yearlong suspension of head coach Sean Payton, were warranted given the facts of the case. "I don't think you can be too hard on people that put at risk our players' health and safety," Goodell said. "That is a critical issue for us going forward and has been in our past." Goodell said there's no doubt in his mind that the Saints lied to the league office when the bounty investigation began. "Clearly, we were lied to," Goodell said. "We investigated this back in 2010, we were told it was not happening, it continued for another two years until we got credible evidence late in the 2011 season and we were able to identify significant information that verified from multiple sources that this was going on for a three-year period."

2012-03-21 12:06:28 | Source: - Michael David Smith

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