Sean Payton Can't Talk To Saints During Suspension, According To Report

The NFL suspended New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton for a full year for his role in the bounty program. Obviously Payton cannot coach the team during the 2012 NFL season, but he also cannot have any contact with the organization, coaches or players while serving his suspension according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Under the terms of his season-long suspension for his role in New Orleans' bounty program, coach Sean Payton is not allowed to have any contact with the Saints organization or anyone around the NFL, and if he does, must report it to league executive Ray Anderson, a source familiar with the suspension tells ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Payton can't even speak with anyone employed with the NFL, or as Schefter mentions, he must report it to a league executive. This means that Payton can't even say hello to suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis if they happen upon each other while at their beach houses in Florida, which are about a mile apart according to Schefter.

It was determined by the NFL's investigation that Payton lied about his knowledge and involvement in the bounty program, so the penalty for Payton was the most harsh.

For more on Brees, Fujita and the New Orleans Saints, head over to the SB Nation blog Canal Street Chronicles. Also be sure to stay up to date with our ongoing StoryStream.

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