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NFL identifies former Falcons marketing exec as noise villain

Well, now we know who the real asswhole in Atlanta is.

In the statement released by NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent on the Falcons losing a 2016 fifth-rounder and being fined $350,000, the league has pointed a finger at former Falcons director of event marketing Roddy White (not their wide receiver of the same name, a longtime friend of PFT).

Vincent’s statement says White “was directly responsible for the violation,” and “would have been suspended without pay for the first eight weeks of the 2015 regular season had he still been with the club.” It adds that if White gets another job in the league, he “may be required to serve some or all of this suspension.”

White was fired by the Falcons two weeks ago, and a league source says it was because of this incident, which seemed apparent.

The statement also points out that Falcons president Rich McKay was not aware of the violation, but should have been (since he’s the guy in charge). That’s why he was suspended from the league’s competition committee beginning April 1, and may apply for reinstatement to that post no sooner than June 30.

That takes McKay out of the mix for the May meeting, at which point there may be a proposal about extra points, among other things.