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What Really Happened the Night Will Smith Died

How 2 football players came together for one fateful night on the streets of New Orleans

(Newser) - Sean Flynn at GQ has put together an extensive piece of reporting about the shooting that took the life of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith in April. Retired Saints are basically, well, saints in New Orleans, so by the morning after Smith's death on a Saturday night,... More »

Video: Hit-and-Run Moments Before Road-Rage Shooting

There may have been another car accident before the one that led to Will Smith's death

(Newser) - A man has been charged with murder in the road rage shooting death of former New Orleans Saints player Will Smith, but surveillance video from shortly before the shooting raises questions about what actually started the incident. Police say Cardell Hayes' Hummer rear-ended Smith's Mercedes SUV (which in turn... More »

Ex-Saints Player Killed in Road-Rage Incident

Will Smith was on Super Bowl-winning team in 2010

(Newser) - Former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, who played on the 2010 team that brought home the Super Bowl title, was "having a blast" Saturday night in NOLA's Garden district, per his own Instagram photo . Then abruptly, he was dead, reports the Times Picayune , the victim of... More »

Mom of 2, Age 40, Makes NFL Cheerleader

Kriste Lewis was inspired to try out by her kidney disease

(Newser) - Finally, a nice story about cheerleading in the NFL : Kriste Lewis is a 40-year-old mother of two who has a debilitating kidney disease that will ultimately require dialysis and a kidney transplant ... and she's also one of the newest cheerleaders for the New Orleans Saints. Her diagnosis inspired Lewis... More »

Saints Sign Paralyzed Player

Inspirational Devon Walker says it's like a dream come true

(Newser) - Devon Walker had a pretty big day yesterday, graduating Tulane University within hours of landing an NFL contract with the New Orleans Saints. Adding to Walker's feat: He's wheelchair bound and uses a ventilator, after having been paralyzed from the neck down in a 2012 on-field collision. That... More »

Saints Coach Reinstated After Bounty Scandal

Sean Payton now committed to 'safety'

(Newser) - Sean Payton is back: The NFL reinstated the New Orleans Saints coach today; he had been suspended for the entire season in the wake of his team's "bounty" scandal , in which players were paid for injuring opponents . Payton and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell "had a very productive... More »

NFL Lifts Suspensions in Saints Bounty Scandal

All 4 players' suspensions overturned

(Newser) - Former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has overturned the suspensions of four current and former New Orleans Saints players in the league's bounty investigation of the club. Tagliabue, however, found that three of the players engaged in conduct detrimental to the league. He said they participated in a performance pool... More »

NFL Reaffirms 4 Players' Suspensions in Bounty Scandal

But reduced penalties for 2 Saints players

(Newser) - NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell upheld the suspensions of Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith today for their role in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and reduced penalties for Scott Fujita and Anthony Hargrove. Vilma will sit out the entire season and Smith's punishment stands at four games. Hargrove, a... More »

Drew Brees Lands Record $100M for 5 Years

New Orleans Saints QB will get guaranteed $40 million in first year

(Newser) - Drew Brees is the $100 million man. The quarterback for the New Orleans Saints forged the most lucrative deal in NFL history this morning—no player has ever averaged $20 million per year. His contract will pay him $100 million over five years, including a first-year fully guaranteed payout of... More »

4 Saints Suspended in Bounty Program

Jonathan Vilma banned for the season

(Newser) - The NFL isn't just coming down on the coaches in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal : Four players were suspended without pay today, ESPN reports. Linebacker Jonathan Vilma is suspended for the entire season, while defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove (now a Green Bay Packer) received an eight-game suspension, defensive... More »

Saints Deny New Charge: Spying on Opposing Coaches

GM Mickey Loomis allegedly eavesdropped from Superdome suite

(Newser) - First the bounty scandal —and now eavesdropping? New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis has been accused of listening in on visiting coaches for almost three years using an electronic device in his Superdome suite, ESPN reports. The US Attorney's Office in eastern Louisiana confirmed the accusation today,... More »

NFL Confirms: Saints Coach Gone for the Season

Sean Payton out; Goodell rejects 'rogue coach' theory

(Newser) - See ya, Sean. The NFL today confirmed its ruling that New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton is out for the season over the team's "bounty" scandal , the New York Times reports. In upholding the suspension, Commissioner Roger Goodell disagreed with a Saints lawyer who blamed the bounty program... More »

Recording Bares Saints' Brutal 'Bounty' Program

Gregg Williams heard referring to torn ACLs, head injuries

(Newser) - In a newly released recording in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal , former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can be heard telling his players to go after the San Francisco 49ers prior to a Jan. 13 playoff game this year. Though Williams is not pictured, documentary filmmaker Sean Pamphilon—who recorded... More »

NFL Suspends Saints Coach 1 Year Over 'Bounty' System

League comes down hard on Sean Payton

(Newser) - That Tebow trade to the Jets isn't the only big NFL news today. The league handed down an unprecedented one-year suspension to New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton because the team used a bounty system against opposing players, reports the Times-Picayune . In addition, former Saints defensive coach Gregg... More »

NFL Teams Paid Bounties to Injure Opponents

Gregg Williams apologizes; ran systems for Saints, Redskins

(Newser) - NFL coach Gregg Williams is known for his tough defenses, and now we know one of his secrets: He paid his players extra if they injured an opposing player. After the league announced today that about 25 members of the New Orleans Saints took part in such a bounty program... More »

Pats Sink Bills 49-21, Clinch Top AFC Seed

Patriots top Bills, Saints crush Panthers, 49ers thump Rams

(Newser) - The New England Patriots overcame a 21-point deficit today with 49 unanswered points to rock the Buffalo Bills 49-21, the AP reports. The win earned the Pats home-field advantage and the AFC's top seed. Tom Brady threw for 338 yards and finished with the second-most passing yards in NFL... More »

Brees Breaks Marino Passing Record

By 3 yards on his final throw of game

(Newser) - Drew Brees tossed for 307 yards and four touchdowns last night, securing his New Orleans Saints' place in the playoffs and his own in NFL history by shattering a 27-year-old season passing record held by Dan Marino. On his final pass of the game, Brees threw a nine-yard TD pass... More »

David Vitter, NBC Pick Football Over Obama Speech

NBC affiliates in Milwaukee and Green Bay to skip address, senator has Saints party

(Newser) - David Vitter isn’t going to attend President Obama’s speech tonight, not because he’s sending a message to the president, but because he’s got better things to do. “I have a Saints party,” the Louisiana senator told Fox News yesterday, “and I am absolutely... More »

Seahawks Fans Literally Cause Earthquake

They went wild during Marshawn Lynch's 67-yard run ... and the ground shook

(Newser) - It seems Seattle is a town that's serious about its football: Seahawks fans jumped to their feet Saturday night during Marshawn Lynch's electrifying 67-yard touchdown run, which clinched the win over reigning Super Bowl champs the New Orleans Saints—and their screaming and stomping caused a small earthquake. A nearby... More »

Reggie Bush Forfeits Heisman

Running back returns 2005 award

(Newser) - Reggie Bush says he will give back his 2005 Heisman Trophy over allegations that he received improper benefits while playing for USC . "While this decision is heart-breaking, I find solace in knowing that the award was made possible by the support and love of so many," said the... More »

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