Head coach Sean Payton may not have directly participated in the New Orleans Saints' alleged bounty program, but that doesn't mean he wasn't indirectly involved. According to a memo sent to all NFL clubs, Payton's agent was involved in the bounty program on more than one occasion. While the league never implicated Payton himself, it did note that he did nothing to stop the program once he got wind of it.
The report comes from NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora. Down the rabbit hole we go!
Memo sent to NFL clubs notes an incident with Saints LB Jon Vilma putting up $10K cash for a pre-playoff bounty and also notes that...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 2, 2012
, according to the memo, Sean Payton's agent, Mike Ornstein, put up money for a bounty on two occasions. Memo says the actions of ...— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 2, 2012
Payton and GM Mickey Loomis serves as "conduct detrimental" to the game. Hard not to think steep punishment is coming— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 2, 2012
So, yeah: One would have to assume this is going to get worse before it gets better for the Saints. When the head coach's agent is implicated directly and the general manager is accused of turning a blind eye, it just doesn't look good.