New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton given permission to attend Hall of Fame ceremony

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton given permission to attend Hall of Fame ceremony

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 07: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints looks on during warms up prior to playing against the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome during their 2012 NFC Wild Card Playoff game on January 7, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 3, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 3 at 2:51 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La. – The NFL has given permission to suspended New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton to attend Saturday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, Ohio, an NFL spokesman said

He will not, however, be allowed to attend Sunday night’s Hall of Fame game between the Saints and Arizona Cardinals or be with the team at all during their stay there, league spokesman Greg Aiello said

Due to terms of his year-long suspension, Payton must ask for permission to attend in cases such as the Hall of Fame induction. Additionally, he must notify with NFL Executive Vice-President of Football Operation Ray Anderson within 24 hours of any contact with an NFL team employee

Former Saints tackle Willie Roaf and Saints advisor Cortez Kennedy are two of this year’s inductees into the Hall of Fame.

The NFL suspended Payton for not putting a stop to what it alleges was a three-year bounty program run by the Saints. Payton appealed the suspension to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who denied the move.

Under rules of the suspension, he’s not allowed to have any contact with an employee of any NFL team.
 

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