Sean Payton's "bounty-gate" story doesn't add up

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Saints head coach Sean Payton is appealing his suspension to the NFL. Yesterday in New York at the NFL offices, Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt were all pleading their cases, essentially saying former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is the culprit in this "bounty gate" scandal. 

The Saints - and especially Payton - are trying to sell to the NFL the story that head coach Sean Payton, who is a major micro-manager, didn't micro-manage Williams.  That a coach who always crosses every "t" and dots every "i" didn't do so with Williams.  A head coach that sacrificed $250,000 of his own salary to bring in Williams, wasn't really aware of the extent of the bounty program. 

Payton and the Saints actually told the NFL yesterday that they told Williams to stop the bounty program and the crazy defensive coordinator wouldn't listen. Guess who else isn't listening? The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. 

A little over 2 years ago, in the middle of the bounty scandal, the Saints were celebrating their Super Bowl 44 victory. Payton and Williams were hugging and celebrating. Yesterday Payton dug a big hole and threw Williams in it. Problem is the NFL thinks Payton deserves to be in the same hole.

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