The NFL answered one more outstanding question about the Bountygate situation today when the league announced the reinstatement of Sean Payton.
Since nothing is done by the commissioner's office with out intent, it seems pretty clear that Roger Goodell was interested in doing something positive to begin two weeks of Super Bowl coverage. The reinstatement could be some sort of olive branch by Goodell since the game will be played in New Orleans. There is no word yet if New Orleans City Council has recinded the measure about to go before the board to change the name of the city to New Goodell Sucks Orleans.
The meat of the statement said:
“We had a very productive discussion,” said Commissioner Goodell. “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.”