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.