Robert Kraft says owners support Roger Goodell’s bounty penalties against the Saints

PALM BEACH, Fla.—NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has the “full support” of team owners for the penalties he levied against the New Orleans Saints for operating and tolerating a bounty system, New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft said Monday.

“I think he has the full support of the membership with what his decision was, and he’s in the best position to speak to that,” Kraft said Monday at the annual league meeting. “I don’t have all the facts.”

Goodell suspended Saints Coach Sean Payton for an entire season, General Manager Mickey Loomis for eight games, assistant head coach Joe Vitt for six games and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams indefinitely for their roles in the bounty system. The NFL concluded that the team’s defensive players received cash payments for hits that injured opponents.

Goodell has not yet meted out discipline against the players most involved in the bounty program. A league investigation concluded that the bounty system was in place the past three seasons and was primarily funded by players.

More on bounties:

League clears Redskins for now

Wise: Goodell hasn’t gone far enough

Hard Hits: Bounties or not, football is brutal

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.

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