April 02, 02012
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is allowed to remain on the job while he appeals his season-long suspension, that was supposed to begin Sunday, for his role in the Bountygate scandal.
So, Payton can work today while he prepares for the appeal, that will take place tomorrow. But NFL commissioner Roger Goodell pledged the appeal process would be expedited, and he backed that up this morning.
According to Judy Battista of the New York Times, Goodell said this morning on CNBC that he will rule on the appeals likely by the end of the week. So, that gives Payton a couple days – at most – after the appeal is complete.
Presumably, Payton is putting a plan in place for while he is gone. The Saints are believed to be pursuing Bill Parcells as an interim coach. Because Goodell is the one who handed down the suspension, and because Payton has already met with him twice, it’s unlikely anything new will be introduced that will lead him to change his mind.
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