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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: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:24 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Stokomo, I didn't even read your entry.  I am sick of every Minnesota fan on the site WHINING.  Most of them are saying "take their trophy away."  I had no problem with your post, or any other intelligent post.  I am sick of whiny Minnesota people crying because the Saints beat them.  No bounty, no injuries... simply the better team won, and Minnesota choked that day.  Favre threw an inexcusable interception, AP fumbled, the Vikes screwed up a ton of things... Saints won.  I am sick of the WHINY Vikings fans... Get over it.  They should be used to losing big games (see my earlier posts).  

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:15 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Brres4MVP... Calm down!!! IT sounds like you're still mad about being franchised. Re-read my statement about taking the trophy away. I merely said "What-If" and played "devil's advocate." That seems to be a problem of many on here....they read a line or a phrase and take it entirely wrong from what was stated. They shouldn't, and won't, take a Superbowl title away.  I was comparing some ofthe NFL scandals to college, where the NCAA vacates titles.... GEEZ-BREEZ!!!!!

Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:38 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

VikesfanTX, do us all a favor and shut up.  Every Viking fan on this site WHINES INCESSANTLY.  Shut up... the Saints beat the Vikings because Favre choked, and threw a HORRENDOUS interception just before Minny was going to kick the game- winning field goal.  Don't forget AP had a very crucial fumble deep in Saints territory.  There were plenty other errors too.  Minnesota has been whining since Superbowl IV when KC and Hank Stram drummed them.  They blew it at home to Atlanta in the NFC Championship game as well years later.  They blew 4 superbowls.  They are now re-building a season after they were a play away from the Superbowl (Saints game).  They BLOW EVERY big game, so I can understand your bitterness.  VIKINGS = CHOKES.  We get it... stop crying. Look at the Bright side... any team that wanted strippers and pole dancers on their yacht party knows the Vikes are the go- to guys!!" Party on , eh... Hoser... Take their trophy away, eh..." SHUT UP LOSERS!!!!!     

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:26 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

We think of bounty as an all out assault and vicious apprehension. It's the way a person words the information given as to how we interpret it.
Totally agree...a big part of this is how people talk about it. The local guys here, past NFLers, have been calling them incentives for hard hits since the news broke, and it really makes this whole things seem ridiculously overblown. THe other station is calling them bounties and enforcing the idea that players were aiming for knees, heads, or other exposed areas. For me, it's hard to tell exactly waht was happening with the Saints. Were they simply being awarded for big hits which may or may not have led to an injury? Or was the defensive end diving at a QBs knees and getting money specifically for injuring the guy? It makes a huge difference in my mind...and so far no real source has defined what exactly the nature of the "injury incentives" were.

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:08 pm

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Also the use of words by the media cause over the top reactions. Had they called this hard hit club, people's reaction would have been different. We think of bounty as an all out assault and vicious apprehension. It's the way a person words the information given as to how we interpret it. The media knows how to play those words to induce inflammatory responses. I surely don't indulge in violence, but I am no fool to think it doesn't, hasn't, and won't continue even after this ordeal is over with.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:59 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

What a bunch of crap, the only reason they are apologizing for anything is because they got caught. Hopefully the NFL will see right through this attempted smoke screen and blast them but good. Anything less than some sort of suspension and loss of draft picks will be a joke. I am positive there are other teams that right now are trying to cover up the same kind of activity, and the NFL better make sure everyone know they mean business or it will keep happening.

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:55 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

not comparing hard hits to segregation, gang violence or human rights. That's ridiculous. You and I know that. The point was that the argument "Well that's just the culture of..." holds no ground in any sense of any culture that's ever existed. Cultures change, even within a year. To act like "because its the culture" is some kind of proof that it's OK just proves that you don't want to deal with the issue. 

My entire argument is that it's not OK simply because it's part of the culture. The human rights example were put forth to show that. Apparently that's hard to understand. 

Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:51 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

@ Marionc.... you are comparing this to human rights? Gang Violence? WOW! I suppose you are against March Madness Office Pools also...right? In reality, if people need money to get hyped up to play against the top players, then they're in it for the wrong reason to start. Just like Colin Cowherd said, it's actually a compliment to get on that list. You think they had Rex Grossman on the list or any athlete not of star caliber? Not saying they shouldn't be punished, which they should, but don't think it doesn't happen elsewhere. Now to you I ask this..... What if the Saints are the only ones punished? Do you honestly think the "buck" stops there? I guarantee you that it will stop there! Need proof? The Patriots were guilty of Spy-Gate as many other teams around the league also did it, but the Patriots got caught. Guess what happened after they were punished? NOTHING!!! It's only a PR move when a team gets caught. No one else will be punished after the hammer comes down on the Saints..... Sooooooo.... Did the NFL/Goodell really try to stop it from happening again?

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:40 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I agree your argument has no validity; that is obvious, because you had to try to make your point by comparing hard hits in football to gang violence
Again, thank you for displaying your inability to comprehend a pretty simple paragraph. It really helps in disregarding most of what you say. There is NO COMPARISON between gang violence and hard hits. Already said it once, do I need to say that again? The comparison is about the argument that things that are part of a culture should not be changed. It simply doesn't and hasn't ever held up as logical reasoning in regards to anything.

Go ahead and bask in your love of violence...I, however, like the competition, talent, athleticism, excitement, drama and personalities of football and see no need for intentional injuries, dirty play, ill will, or putting bounties on a players head in order for football to be interesting.

Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:33 am
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