Roger Goddell, NFL Commissioner, has suspended Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints Head Coach, for the entire 2012 season without pay as punishment for the "bounty" program implemented by former Defensive Coach, Greg Williams. There is no evidence Coach Payton was an active supporter of this program. His only offense was in not shutting it down when he did learn of its existence.
Throughout the history of football, every team has implemented incentives to its defensive players. While the motivational words to these defensive players was harsh and insensitive to the health and welfare of opposing players, not one Saints defensive player was fined or penalized for personal fouls on any of the identified "targets". There is no evidence to suggest that these particular players suffered more or were hit any harder than any other Saints' opponents.
The punishment handed down by Goodell is extreme and unwarranted when compared to the much more egregious conduct of the head coach of the New England Patriots, who over the course of several years, orchestrated a scheme to steal, and did steal, an opponent's game strategy in order to claim a play-off victory.
Goodell and the NFL are currently involved in litigation with former players over the NFL's failure to warn players of the potential for serious and permanent brain damage, and it is apparent NFL owners know they were wrong, and in an attempt to preemptively mitigate the future loss at trial is using the New Orleans Saints as a scapegoat in order to convince a jury player safety is top priority. Top priority is now, and has always been, PROFIT!
Throwing Sean Payton under the bus in order to avoid profit loss is strictly business and has absolutely nothing to do with concern for player safety.
We, the undersigned, call on the NFL to reconsider and retract the harsh punishment given Sean Payton on March 21, 2012, and to issue a just punishment according to prior precedent set when disciplining NFL Coaches for wrong-doing.
We, the undersigned, call on Roger Goodell and the NFL to recognize that the action taken against Sean Payton far exceeds his limited involvement in Greg Williams' "bounty" program, which involvement is limited to a failure to act when he learned of the existence of the "bounty" program.
We, the undersigned, call on Roger Goodell and the NFL to set aside the one-year suspension and reinstate Sean Payton as Head Coach for the New Orleans Saints.
The Reinstate Sean Payton petition to Roger Goodall, NFL Commissioner was written by Dennis Dowers & Byrlyne Van Dyke-Dowers and is in the category Football at GoPetition.