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The hammer falls on the Saints for Bountygate

Thud.

That was the hammer coming down on the New Orleans Saints for their bounty program.

Coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year, former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was suspended for eight games, and the team will lose a second-round pick in 2012 and 2013.

That's what happens when commissioner Roger Goodell stresses player safety and Bountygate breaks out.

The Saints got what they deserved.

Goodell needed to send a message.

I'm sure the rest of the league heard.

I just can't help but think this won't put an end to it. The players will be much more secretive in the future.

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