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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: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:33 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I'm good with it...



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:18 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

How does it feel knowing that your title will FOREVER be TAINTed.  The only people who don't think this is a big deal are Taints fans.  Am I bitter?  Of course, who wouldn't be.  But I'm also right.  I'd rather lose clean than win dirty, have a nice life I'm done with this thread.



Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:15 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

but the argument is exactly the same, and holds no validity in reality, only in your head where you just want the problem to disappear.


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, segregation and human rights. All of those things involve people who were victimized against their will...not willing participants in a violent endeavor. The Saints got caught breaking the rules and they will be punished. Fine. But football is a violent game, and all of us who love the game love the violence too. This formal "bounty" crap the idiots with the Saints got busted for really has jack-squat to do with whether or not football players are going to get injured in the over-all scheme of things. They outlaw hits to "recievers", but a running back trucking down the field is fair game for a violent head-to-head shot that would kill most people. Has anyone yet, pointed out anyone actually hurt by anyone as a result of this "bounty" system in the past 3 years? There have been HUNDREDS of people carted off the field(s) during that time, the result of intentionally violent hits, that had not one damned thing to do with the Saints or anything considered an "illegal" hit. So unless you are ready to talk to me about fundamentally changing the game of football, where violence, i.e. players trying to hurt each other, is no longer a part of the game; shut up and quit preaching about this culture junk. The supposed "bounty" is nothing but a side-effect of the violent "culture" we all embrace...not the cause of anything.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 11:15 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Suspend Williams from the league fro life!  He's an ass.  Goodell should run him out of coaching all together (at all levels).  There is no need for that kind of play in a violent sport.  He'd feel differently if Suh broke thru the line and drove Brees into the turf after the whistle and ending his season.  What goes around comes around buddy!



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:54 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Loomis and Payton had no choice but to issue a statement like this as Williams did previously. This is the equivalent of them throwing themselves on the mercy of the court. All they can do now is wait and see the punishment Goodell has planned for them. If they had failed to do this or even worse contested the allegations whatever penalties they incur now would seem like a walk in the park compared to what they would have recieved if they were caught lying to Goodell. The fact that none of the 3 have used the term "bounty" to describe what transpired will do nothing to lessen the penalties they will receive and the damage to their reputations. They are only sorry they got caught.

Yes things like this have been going on in the League forever but things change and have been rapidly under Goodell. If you think what is going to happen to the Saints and these indivuals is bad, imagine the penalties for anyone arrogant enough to continue this practice.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:50 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Wow the Taints,huh,you're an original vikes fan,i haven't heard that one before.The Vikings should name their fan base the ViQueens,because they cry like school girls.Go to the mirror TX n check your mascara i think its running. NFL football is a contact sport n pay for play bonuses have been part of the game since the '50's.Super Bowl XLIV was and always will be a SAINTS victory n a world championship,sorry you don't know what that feels like.I've never seen so many whiners post on CBS n they all seem to be Vikings fans,hmm,i wonder why?Bunch of SORE LOSERS !!!!



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:44 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Equating hard hits in football with gang violence, segregation, and human rights? 

Idiotic hysterical hyperbole: Exhibit "A."
Missing the point: Exhibit A.

It's not that hard hits equate 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. 

The point was that there's countless of examples of things being the "culture" yet those things are changed over time because it's in the best interests of everyone. This is one of those instances. It's nowhere near as big of a deal as any of the things I referred to...but the argument is exactly the same, and holds no validity in reality, only in your head where you just want the problem to disappear.

 



Since: Feb 6, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:37 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Dear Saints fans and NFL,

We are sorry we got caught. We will make every effort to see that we aren't caught again in the future.

Sincerely,
Coach & GM



Since: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:33 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

 I guess next time a human rights question gets brought up we should all just roll our eyes and yell "No need to change...it's part of our culture."
Equating hard hits in football with gang violence, segregation, and human rights?

Idiotic hysterical hyperbole: Exhibit "A."



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:27 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

"But this happens everywhere else in the league"
Ya, so what. The Saints got caught. Speeding and tax evasion happen all around the country, that doesn't mean you don't get in trouble when you're caught. What a horrible argument.
Just because something's prevalent or "part of the culture" doesn't mean it shouldn't be changed or dealt with.  Part of the culture of LA is gang violence, so I suppose we shouldn't try to stop that from happening? The culture of Milwaukee includes high levels of segregation, but since it's been happening since the city was formed, we shouldn't try to fix it. Much of the culture of MLB included steroids, and I spose we should have just given that a pass since so many people were doing it. 
If you personally don't care, that's one thing...but the "it's part of the culture" argument is extremely shortsighted and basically discounts 10,000 years of adapting and changing culture and practice. I guess next time a human rights question gets brought up we should all just roll our eyes and yell "No need to change...it's part of our culture."


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