NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has reinstated New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, effective immediately. Payton, along with numerous coaches and executives, was suspended for part or all of the 2012 NFL season for their knowledge and/or involvement in the Saints’ Bounty gate program.
“We had a very productive discussion,” Goodell said. “Sean fully complied with all the requirements imposed on him during his suspension. More important, it is clear that Sean understands and accepts his responsibilities as a head coach and the vital role that coaches play in promoting player safety and setting an example for how the game should be played at all levels. We are committed to delivering football that fans love and the safety players deserve. Coach Payton agrees and I look forward to working with him going forward to do that.”