Sean Payton has been reinstated as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints by the NFL.
Payton, who was suspended last season for his part in the bounty program, will be able to resume coaching duties immediately.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said:
“We had a very productive discussion. Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”
The New Orleans Saints’ season is over but Payton will now be able to start preparing for offseason training.
After being reinstated by the NFL, Payton said:
“I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement … As I stated back in March, I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program. I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations. Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed. Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year. I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!”
Several New Orleans Saints players were suspended for their involvement in the bounty program. Those suspensions were eventually lifted.
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