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Though I have seen multiple articles based on this very premise, I really have no idea where this belief stems from.
I guess the argument goes that he should be fired because he didn't fully cooperate with the NFL and lied to Goodell. I understand that argument, until you remember first that his job revolves around a game.
A game, a freaking game. His job is a fantasy job. I'm not even sure his job counts as a job. Sure he works more hours than the normal American on his "job." But it's a game.
And you must remember when your job revolves around a game, you become somewhat of a child, or at least maintain a childlike exuberance and mentality. And when that happens you forget about integrity and doing things the right way. You grow to do whatever pleases you.
I work with kids for a living. Believe me, that's how they are. Doing things that make them happy supersedes doing things the right way.
While Sean Payton is hovering around 50 years of age and should know better, you can also argue that he's been in this "business" (game) so long he's immune to the thoughts and reasoning of the average person. His mentality is naturally that of a kid.
Again, I am not making an excuse for Payton, but the NFL needs systems in place which requires and rewards integrity, if they want integrity to be exhibited among its players and coaches.
I will continue to say it's not right, but Payton is not the only guy who has ever committed a wrong of this type and more importantly won't be the last. Punishment ultimately isn't enough to keep teams and people from venturing into schemes they know may get them in trouble should they get caught.
The NFL needs to realize this and figure out a way to get its players, coaches and personnel to work and live by a standard of integrity. (I actually have an answer for how to do that, but this is not the spot to expand on that.) Until they do, Payton and others will go against it.
Should he be fired because of something so silly? I think not.