Payton doesn't sound like he will fight suspension

From the sounds of things after New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton released a statement, he doesn’t plan to fight his season-long suspension.

No one has said definitively if Payton plans to appeal to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The coach was certainly respectful of the situation in his statement, which was released through the club:

"I share and fully support the League's concerns and goals on player safety. It is, and should be paramount," Payton said.


"Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely important to me. Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward. I am sorry for what has happened and as head coach take full responsibility. Finally, I want to thank Mr. (Tom) Benson, our players and all Saints fans for their overwhelming support."

Payton’s suspension begins April 1. The Saints have not yet announced a plan for how business will be conducted while Payton is on the sideline. The decision was a major blow to the organization as Payton and the club were bracing for a potential four-game suspension, according to multiple reports.

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