March 2 and 21 -- NFL bounty scandal breaks and penalties announced
The NFL released a report on March 2 that announced that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (right) -- now with the Rams -- ran an illegal "bounty" pool over the last three seasons in New Orleans. Williams admitted to and apologized for running the pools, which rewarded players with cash payments for knocking targeted opposing players out of games and got up to $50,000. On March 21, the NFL suspended Saints head coach Sean Payton (left) for the 2012 season and banned Williams from the league indefinitely. Also, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games. In addition, the Saints are being fined $500,000 and forfeit second-round draft picks this year and in 2013.