Saints Will Appeal Fine, Loss Of Draft Picks In Bounty Scandal

It's appeal day for the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal. Head coach Sean Payton will appeal his year-long suspension and assistant coach Joe Vitt will also appeal his six-game suspension. Former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, however, will not appeal his suspension.

Now for the latest appeal: the Saints organization as a whole is appealing their $500,000 fine as well as the loss of 2012 and 2013 second round picks, according to Judy Battista of the NY Times.

GM Mickey Loomis, suspended eight games, will also appeal.

As we noted in the previous appeals, this is a tough case to make. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the initial rulings and he'll also be the one hearing the appeal. It's hard to believe Payton, Vitt or the Saints organization will provide evidence that Goodell hasn't already seen.

It's unclear what Goodell's timetable will be on hearing the appeals.

For more on the Saints punishment, stay tuned SB Nation's ongoing StoryStream and head over to the Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.

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