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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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Comments

Since: Aug 31, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:24 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Wow, such hostility, I bet every Person who is a fan of any particular team would do a complete 360 if it was "Thier" team taht this is happening to, It's always ok and no big deal if it's "Your" team if this was happening, and not for anyone else. Too many hypocrits and haters with stupid yet, some-what valid opinions. I mean come on they are grown F^&*ing men, not little boys, if you can't take a hit in a grown mans sport, then quit and go home and do needlepoint or something feminine, stop whining like little bitches and play the fraking game. EVERY TEAM in the NFL has done this since the inception of PRO FOOTBALL (AKA "A MANS GAME"), most just dont get caught, If you can't take a hit, play FLAG FOOTBALL, not PRO FOOTBALL. This is being severly over-critisized by most everybody. SAINTS won the Super Bowl, because they have the best Offense PERIOD!! Brees chews up all defenses and spits them out, and that is why the won the Super Bowl, Plain and Simple.


 




Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Seriously....Both these guys should have been fired already.  The Super Bowl Trophy should be returned to the NFL.



Exactly that, I'll concur!



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Don't blame the refs, it's pathetic.  Don't blame bounty's, they're irrelevant - hard hits would've happened either way.  Blame your team for fumbling over, and over, and over.  And blame Favre.  Why did Vikings fans ever think that he would do anything but break their hearts?

1st off, if the Vikings really wanted to, the would have torn your team to pieces - literally like they done in the past.  However, you dont want to do that in the playoffs and think you can "get away with it" with out a little help, right?  Hard hits were not a game plan for the Vikings, they played an honest game from start to finish, they didn't have a reason to injure your QB, it would've served no purpose.  Ther turnovers were expected like any other game and, its not like the Vikings couldn't make a come back in a game they controled from the beginning until the Referee's started letting the Saints gain that unfair advantage of late hits etc to throw Favre off his game.  And for another fact, Brees will never be anything as close to a QB than Favre himself has been.

Who knows about Brett Favre, he could'a, should'a won that game and, a few others - right?  It all boils down too, what more can you expect of a human.

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Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:55 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Gee...thanks.  "It happened under our watch"?  No, it happened because of you...It happened because it was their policy..they knew about it but they wanted to win so badly that they would cheat to do it....Even if it meant maiming opposing quarterbacks to do it.

This is a big deal and the NFL is trying to blow it over.....Well, remember those huge fines against James Harrison...yet nothing for bounty hunting hits during the game....Seriously....Both these guys should have been fired already.  The Super Bowl Trophy should be returned to the NFL.



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:42 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Yawn,.....how about bringing in a little more substance to the table other than another "excuse", its already getting boring for me to strip away another All Star leveled Saints fan here.

Face the music, they played with intent to harm somebody, thats not only against the Leagues policy but, against the State & Federal law!  You simply cannot put "hits" out on anybody, anywhere for money!!!  Then lie, and say it didn't happen, you had no part in it, etc.etc.etc!!!
 The Saints are fakes, frauds and above all else regular street "thugs".  They should ALL turn in those rings and freely give up that SB trophy so it can be awarded to the proper team - either the Colts or the Vikings!!  Eitherway, I don't care who gets it.  But one things is for sure, it will go down in history as to how much your team, had to cheat to win it and,...they don't deserve it - period!




Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:40 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

The reason the Vikings lost that game was because they sold their soul to the devil when they signed Favre.  As everyone knows, eventually, the devil collects his due.  It just so happened that this time he waited until there were 30 seconds left in the game, when Farve did what he always does - got greedy and threw an interception, when taking a knee probably would've sent the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

Don't blame the refs, it's pathetic.  Don't blame bounty's, they're irrelevant - hard hits would've happened either way.  Blame your team for fumbling over, and over, and over.  And blame Favre.  Why did Vikings fans ever think that he would do anything but break their hearts?



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:54 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Also, you ca nblame the referees, but as I tell the kids I coach, "Don't let the game get close enough to allow a bad call here or there to decide the game!" What could the Vikings have done better to win the game? One is not throwing an intercetion, trying to be the hero or "come-back-kid."



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:51 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

@ Hagardahorrible....Turnovers irrelevant? Try saying that to the Saints who lost to the 49ers. The outgained the Niners teribly, but turnovers cost them the game. I'm a Niner fan and know full well that if those three first quarter turnovers didn't happen, we would have lost the game. There is only about a 5% chance of someone losing the tunrover battle and still win a game, especially in the playoffs.



Since: Jan 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:50 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Ok there Brees...I'm through with you since you have the mentality of a 15yr old kid- next Aints fan is up.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:49 pm
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Bye Hagar... Find someone else to whine to... SAINTS WIN!  Repeat it Hagar... SAINTS WIN!!!  One More time... SAINTS WIN!!!!! WHO DAT!!!!!!  


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