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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: Jul 24, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:16 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Vikes fans = hypocritical crybabies. Bounties are bad...nnKay. We get it Mr. Mackey. But the only thing you guys are really worked up about is losing to the Saints.  
And they can "vacate" anything they want. But they'll take away MY Saints Super Bowl Championship gear (including the video evidence of the Saints Super Bowl victory), over my dead body.



Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:10 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Those of you saying this is happening on other teams and not just the Saints are probably correct.  It is just unfortunate for the Saints that they are the ones who got caught.  What happens to the team that gets caught?  They get punished!  That punishment will be given to the Saints and will serve as a notice and a reminder to the rest of the NFL of just what can happen if your team is pulling the same crap.  

I am sorry, but I do not feel sorry for the Saints.  It doesn't matter if other teams are participating in the same thing or not.  The fact is the Saints did it, they got caught and now they are going to have to pay the price and I hope it is a steep price they have to pay!



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:05 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

And the correct team name is now the Taints, not the 'Aints or the Saints.  Please spread the word.



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 10:01 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

@Head88

Read it again.  They aren't apologizing to the fans, just promising that it won't happen again.  That's like me borrowing money from you, not paying you back, and then telling you I won't borrow money from you anymore.  Did I apologize to you? Did you get your money back?




Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:30 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Hey 58 I never wrote I was proud of the bountygate,pal.I just stated that it is a league wide problem,not just the SAINTS.You along with all of the other haters can put a sock in your mouth after you pull your heads out of the sand.To think that only the SAINTS are guilty of "pay for play"is just plain gullible.Yes the SAINTS should be punished for their role,but players like Suh,Harrison n several others should be put on a short leash.I saw a brutal helmet to helmet hit from the 49ers that gave RB Pierre Thomas a concussion in this year's divisional playoff game.The ref didn't throw a flag n the player wasn't fined,but that's ok 'cause the injured player plays for the SAINTS,right?You're just buying into the media sensationalism like all of the other mental midgets.I don't care what you think of me or my beloved SAINTS because it's mind over matter.I don't mind because you don't matter!



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:30 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Ok...now for some fun. I'll play "devil's advocate." A lot of people have an outcry for the Commish to come down hard on the Saints, which is obsurd due to everyone's doing it. It's like an Industrial Plant saying they're gonna do drug testing and lose 90% of their employees. But!!! How should it be handled? I mean when the scandal of USC hit, Reggie Bush had to give his Heisman back, USC had to lose scholarships and probably the biggest area hit is what i'm asking the "what-if?" question..... What if Goodell vacated the Saints Superbowl Win? USC had to vacate BCS titles, so why is it a stretch to wonder what would happen if the Saints had to vacate their only Superbowl win. Now I know this won't happen, and shouldn't; I'm just playing "devil's advocate" to see what the response would be...... so fire away!!!



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:24 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Uhh.... Head88..... That was a specific quote from what Williams said not Payton or Loomis' statement. Katzowitz is saying that neither Payton nor Loomis apologized to the fans.... The article is about Payton and Loomis...



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:22 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

What does SEAN PENN have to do with this, are they making a sequel to bad boys in the big easy??
You should pray that you get a clue Danno....



Since: Sep 5, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:16 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

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.

Katzowitz you retard, this is what you wrote : "And most importantly to all of our fans"

Then you write :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.

So which is it you RETARD, DID THEY OR DID THEY NOT APOLOGIZE TO THE FANS????

You writers kill me with your Sh#t stirring, you all contradict youselves at one point or another...what's the matter deadline was looming??




Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 9:07 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I agree with stokomo. I'm not a Saints fan, nor a hater. If you get rid of the lovers and haters on these responses, you're left with about half a dozen rational comments on the subject. This goes on all the time, not just in the NFL, but in all sports. Those of you who are "morally outraged" do realize that James Harrison gets paid a LOT more money in his contract/bonuses because he hits that way, right? 100% agree that the Saints appear to have been warned, then caught, and need to pay for that. And I believe they will. But, the attitudes on these posts are both naive and ridiculous. Both ways.


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