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Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Posted on: March 6, 2012 5:17 pm
Edited on: March 6, 2012 5:50 pm
Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis have promised never to allow a bounty program in their organization again. (US Presswire)
By Josh Katzowitz

Since the Saints bounty program news broke last Friday, New Orleans coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis have not commented. On late Tuesday  afternoon, they broke their silence, releasing a joint statement through the Saints PR department.

Basically, Payton and Loomis are taking full responsibility. 

Here is the statement:
We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch. We take full responsibility.

This has brought undue hardship on Mr. (Tom) Benson, who had nothing to do with this activity. He has been nothing but supportive and for that we both apologize to him.

These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it has had on our game. Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again, and make that same promise to the NFL and most importantly to all of our fans.

Mickey Loomis & Sean Payton

You’ll recall that Gregg Williams also apologized in a statement last week, saying, “I want to express my sincere regret and apology to the NFL, Mr. Benson, and the New Orleans Saints fans for my participation in the 'pay for performance' program while I was with the Saints. It was a terrible mistake, and we knew it was wrong while we were doing it. Instead of getting caught up in it, I should have stopped it. I take full responsibility for my role. I am truly sorry. I have learned a hard lesson and I guarantee that I will never participate in or allow this kind of activity to happen again.”

It is interesting, though, that the only person to whom they apologize is Benson. Not to Roger Goodell or the fans or the players that might have been physically hurt by the bounties.

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Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:01 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

This is a manufactured controvery by the worst commissioner in all of sports history. Dick-Tator Goodelle could have easily handled this with much less publicity and fanfare. But no, he is either too stupid, incompetent or simply wants the spotlight and position himself as the "tough guy commissioner".  In 2008 the Rayvens were similarly warned and they're still chanting and dancing around before games, yelling about laying bit hits on guys. What do you think they mean by that? Lets be real here.
Here's what should happen and what would be fair. Roger Goodell should be suspended for next season for being a wussy. Sean Payton should be suspended, but only becauase he is so arrogant, Greggggg Williams should kick Goodell in the Gonads****. should slap Goodell in the mouth. Ndamokin Suh should stomp on Goodells arms and legs.  Now that would send a message to the league and the fans that the NFL is serious about fixing things.

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:59 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Do not make the mistake of saying everyone did this. This is about paying to have players injured and removed from the field of play

Really, is this what you actually believe, if so you are either mentally incapable of realizing the "ACTUAL TRUTH", or you just don't really know the sport of football, tjis goes as far back as the 70s and 80s, just like the Patriots "SPYGATE", every team is guilty of do it, they just haven't been caught, which means some hide it much better than others, and sadly some of the masterminds behind all of these supposedly wrong doings are like Houdini, they may neverr get caught, but mark my words, it WILL continue to happen, until the others start getting a guilty concious, and start admitting it. So as I said before, Its a mans game if you can't take a hit, then put on a F*&^ing skirt and be a House Husband. Once again Brees ate up all defenses, this is why they won the Super Bowl !!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:46 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Hashbrown31... you need a kleenex???  Quit crying.  You are probably from Minnesota too, but too embarrassed to add it to your bio.  WHO DAT!! WHO DAT!! WHO DAT!! 

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:40 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I agree 100%.  Please read my comments above.  I wrote a novel so I apologize.  i had a lot on my mind...  Trust me, this will never go away... No matter what media folks might say... especially those who played the katrina-victim epic bs story-line... 

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:31 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Anyone dancing around the facts that New Orleans is somehow not guilty or they were just doing what all teams do is simply refusing to accept reality. This is not JUST a report under investigation. If you have had your eyes and ears open, its clear that the Saints have ALREADY admitted guilt. Fact is that this investigation goes back a few years and it has been proven that this organization had lied and covered up the facts. Goodell is pizzedd off because of this. Payton and Loomis REFUSED to quell this ongoing behavior when asked to by Benson. NOBODY can come to the rescue of the media darling saints. They have been exposed at every level of corruption. This goes back even before the Vicadin cover up. Trust me, this organization and the media ran together under this false image that the saints were somehow americas wonderful little katrina victims. It was such a cute story that went on for 5 years after that storm had passed. Most folks did not buy into that hype at all!!! But we had no choice but to have to endure the announcers, the nfl shows, and continual onslaught that the saints were still some feelgood story. Guess what folks, what goes around comes around and not only are they not darlings, they have been exposed for who they are... Liers, hitmen, cheaters, and now, after the biggest scandal in sports history, they will forever be remembered for their new legacy. Their superbowl is forever tainted and Payton has lost whatever respect he had earned.. Yes Payton has had a few nfl insiders already onto his scam but now its time to pay the piper. Do not make the mistake of saying everyone did this. This is about paying to have players injured and removed from the field of play. Nothing more, nothing less. They were even warned to clean this up. This teflon team was even given the opportunity to clean itself up (another gift so as not to taint these angels) yet they were too dam stupid and arrogant to clean themselves up from withing when given the chance. Amazing.. Let the draft picks be taken, the fines levied, the lawsuits issued, the suspensions administered, and YES... the firings begin!!! Payton and Loomis can and should both be fired immediately. I can see the banners in the stands every week the saints take the field... They will never go away... Banners showing targets painted, Banners reading Bounty-Gate, Banners more creative than we can imagine. You fools brought this upon yourselves... the fake Katrina-victim, media-darling days are officially over.... and for good reason...

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:26 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I suppose the next thing the whiny Queen fans will be claiming is that the referees were also getting paid out of the bounty money to look the other way for the Saints and penalize the Vikes whenever they could.

Vike fans, like Jack Nicholson said, "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH". What a bunch of dweebs.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:19 pm

Whining Viking Fans

What a bunch of dweebs, it's always somebody else's fault when your team gets beat. I bet a lot of them think the Saints should have to give up their trophy and hand it to the Viqueens cuz they "cheated". Packer fans tried to tell you all season that Favre would break your heart, but oh no, he was taking them to the promised land.

What do you call a Viking fan with a Super Bowl trophy? A thief.

Go suck rocks.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:49 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Everybody loves the sausage that is the NFL ...... nobody wants to hear about or see how it's made. I hope there is not a knee jerk reaction from Da Commish and see the game watered down. Roger got to walk a fine line !!!  

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:48 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Hey Hagard, spoken like a bitter, sore loser Viking fan.The SAINTS are Super Bowl XLIV champions n will keep their title no matter what all the Minnesota fans think.It's called karma my friend,signing your lifelong rival Green Bay Packers legendary QB to win it all only to sing the "Late Pick Blues".Your team lost the NFC Championship game because of a Favre interception,plain n simple.You want some cries with that shake ? The Vikings should call their fan base the ViQueens because all of the men cry like elementary school girls.

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:55 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Mainly I see two comments here:

1.  "I hate the Saints and I want them to lose so lets take everything from them and suspend everyone"

2.  "This is not really news.  There will be penalties but who cares.  Quit crying and let's play some football"

I vote for 2.

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