Mar 23, 2012 11:06 PM by Shawn Kline

LA Lawmakers to NFL: "reconsider" Saints suspensions

Saints fans aren't the only ones frustrated with the NFL's decision to suspend Head Coach Sean Payton the entire season; Louisiana lawmakers are now asking football execs to reconsider the penalties.

104 of Louisiana's 105 representatives co-authored House Resolution 50. Take a look at it here; telling the NFL that taxpayers have millions of dollars invested in a successful Saints team and a harsh penalty wouldn't just be bad for New Orleans but the entire state.

"It seems like just yesterday that we were Super Bowl champs," Rep. Vincent Pierre said. "To see us lose our coach, it's unfortunate."

Saints Coach Sean Payton is the first head coach ever suspended by the National Football League and he's gone for the year after a controversial bounty program happened under his watch.

"I think the penalties are a bit harsh," Pierre said.

Pierre is a freshman representative for House District 44. He says a penalty like the one currently in place against the Saints will affect the entire state. So, he's one of many lawmakers to co-author the resolution requesting the NFL to "reconsider" the penalties imposed on the New Orleans Saints.

"People travel from Lafayette to New Orleans," Pierre said. "It's a big event."

Every year, millions of taxpayer dollars support the Saints, the Superdome and the fan fever that goes with it.

Metairie Representative Cameron Henry presented House Resolution 50 on the floor early Friday morning. The resolution explains the Saints' popularity "...provides a positive economic impact, and the sanctions will likely have a negative economic impact across... the state."

"It's just to explain to the NFL the effect the Saints have had on the state," Henry said. "We would just like to ask them to reconsider."

Acadiana's State Senators have said they expect a senate-version of this going through the state capitol early next week.



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