Update – New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton To Appeal Season-Long Suspension
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's suspension of Payton was set to begin April 1, but Goodell did allow Payton, as well as former Saints Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams, to appeal their suspensions by April 2.
“I said in a letter they have to appeal by April 2, I believe,” Goodell said earlier this week. “If he (Payton) decides to appeal, I probably will allow him to continue and I would expedite the hearing and I would expedite my decision.”
The report says Payton wants clarity on how much time he will have to prepare an appeal. He also wants to see the full report of the investigation regarding the bounty evidence against him. Payton's suspension would not last a full calendar year, just from April 1 through next February, after the Super Bowl.
Gregg Williams, on the other hand, says he does not plan to appeal Goodell's decision. Goodell will re-evaluate Williams' status at the end of the 2012 season. Williams was suspended indefinitely.
Payton and Williams were suspended by the NFL for running a bounty program from 2009-2011.
Sources say General Manager Mickey Loomis, linebacker coach Joe Vitt and the Saints franchise also appealed their punishment.