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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 9:02 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Not that I support the idea of bounties on players by any means but the outrage over this particular issue fairly is humorous.  It's a violent sport and everyone participating realizes that.  With the NFL's new penal system any unnecessary hit is going to cost the player more money than any bounty collected...so basically any bounty claiming hit is most likely going to be a legal one.

Thank you Scarface, for the most reasonable post I've seen yet. Some of these hysterical jokers need some Midol and a nap.



Since: Jun 3, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:57 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

First let me say that I'm not a Saints fan. With that said, if any of you believe this is only a Saints issue, then I have swamp land in Florida to sell you. This issue is part of what goes on in the NFL yearly whether it's coaches offering money or players themselves bidding and betting on what they can do to opposing offenses. I have a few friends that played and two that still play in the NFL, and they know the games behind the game that are being played. The NFL is like a secret fraternity where all the immoral stuff happens behind closed doors. It's only when a disgruntled ex-player, coach, or staff member wants revenge that we, as fans, hear about what really goes on in the locker room. The ONLY reason the NFL is even concerned about this is for PR purposed ONLY!!! They have to keep those stain-glassed eyes full of color for those "sensitive" fans.... The Saints will have to pay a heavy price because they are the ones who were brought to the light, not that the NFL wants to stop bounty hunts......



Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:42 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

hit on the sidelines ,reconstructive knee sugery ,thats karma



Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:40 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I think the biggest tragedy here is that Tom Benson's reputation could be damaged.  God forbid a NFL owner, heroes of the community that they are, ever have any bad press about them.

I bet Tom Benson not only knew of it (how could he not?), but was personally adding his own money to the bounty pot.  You won't see any media outlet that wants to keep its access to the NFL report on that though. 



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:39 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Much to do about nothing ..... The NFL has a violent and exquisite product, let it remain that way. 


You are correct, but it is not about that but rather the shield being sued. Look at all the players past who have been beating the head injuries drum. What do you think they'll do? Sue the NFL for not stepping in. This is the point...nothing more.
 



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:19 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

The NFL said payoffs were made by the Saints for inflicting game-ending injuries on targeted players, including quarterbacks Brett Favre and Kurt Warner. "Knockouts" were worth $1,500 and "cart-offs" $1,000, with payments doubled or tripled for the playoffs.

"It was a terrible mistake," Williams said in a statement Friday night shortly after the NFL released the report. "And we knew it was wrong while we were doing it.

Now Jeff Fisher has hired this moron, I wonder why, and if this is the case he has been carted off to meet with Roger Goodell, he must be suspended forever. I agree it goes on everywhere, and I agree my own Detroit Lions have had their share of horrible offenders since football started.... But if this case has come to a head, and it has opened up the way it has, do we as fans want to see the list, what is being paid out when a Defense comes into our city knowing full well that they are trying to destroy a Rookie that may bring our City back a Championship? I can't stand for this, so the only choice is to stop it now, the NFL KNOWING FULL WELL IT MAY CONTINUE MUST MAKE MAKE A SHOWING NOW. GOODELL MUST DO EVERYTHING TO HURT THE ONES THAT HE CAN SEE THAT COMMITTED THE CRIME!!!  



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:12 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Not that I support the idea of bounties on players by any means but the outrage over this particular issue fairly is humorous.  It's a violent sport and everyone participating realizes that.  With the NFL's new penal system any unnecessary hit is going to cost the player more money than any bounty collected...so basically any bounty claiming hit is most likely going to be a legal one.




Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 8:03 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Hey bigeasy, good luck for you and your boys the next time they play in lets say,,,,,,San Fran, Green Bay. Your Boy Brees is gonna get his head ripped of his shoulders on the very first set of downs just to make a point. You proud of this as a Football Fan? You a fan and enjoy all what your coach just admitted to? Because if you think this is MUCH-ADO-OVER NOTHING, PREPARE YOUR BAD AZZ SELF FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON, BECAUSE YOUR BIG-TIME , LETS MAKE FRIENDS AROUND THE NFL FANS ARE GONNA CHRISTIN YOUR BOYS WITH BEER BOTTLES, AND BEER CUPS AND EVERYTHING ELSE THEY CAN TOSS. AND YOU KNOW WHY? Because it's fine to have Brees kick our butt's because the man is amazing, BUT WHEN YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS STUFF,,,,WELL YOU KNOW, BIG-EASY, IT'S MUCH-ADO -ABOUT NOTHIN, JUST WATCH AND SEE WHAT THE REST OF THE NFL FANS AROUND AMERICA THINKS BIG GUY. I GOT A FEELING YOU MAY BE A TAD BIT WRONG HERE, BUT GOOD LUCK. 



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:54 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

I pray the NFL and Goodell, isn't actually taking this gesture as anything other than the toilet paper it was written on!!!
THIS IS MORE THAN JUST A COACH ADMITTING TO A STEPPING OVER THE LINE, A CAMERA WATCHING A PLAY SELECTION, A TEAM ALLOWING A SWEEPING CLEARING OFF SNOW, THIS IS A HUMAN TRYING TO HARM OR HURT OR POSSIBLE TAKE ANOTHER PLAYERS LIVELYHOOD AWAY FROM THEM .....ON PURPOSE YOU MORON SEAN PENN!!!

I pray the the NFL, HAS REALLY THOUGHT EVERYTHING OUT....
(1) ABSOLUTELY NO PLAYOFF'S FOR AT LEAST A SEASON!
(2) SEAN PENN OUT FOR 2 SEASONS AS A HEAD COACH ANYWHERE, HE KNEW AND ALLOWED PLAYERS TO POSSIBLE GET HARMED.
(3) ALL PLAYERS INVOLVED OUT FOR THE NEXT YEAR! LOSE THEIR SALARY LIKE THEY HAD TRIED TO DO TO OTHERS!
(4) MICKEY LOOMIS, BANNED LIKE THE CHICAGO BLACK SOX FOREVER FOR ALLOWING THIS TO EVEN HAPPEN, HE IS BEYOUND REPROACH!
(5) FINES OF OVER $10 MILLION TO MAKE SURE THIS NEVER CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.
(6) AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST......TAKE AWAY THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

This Tean makes me sick as a liftime fan of NFL Football, I can't believe Drew Brees could have anything to do with something like this, and he must have known, the entire team had to have known this system was in place, which is even nastier. I hope the whole team chokes on their bonus money they recieved. BUT REMEMBER, THE LORD IS WATCHING, AND KARMA ALWAYS HAS A WAY OF COMING BACK HOME. I HOPE NOBODY ON YOUR OFFENSE GETS INJURED TO OFTEN IN THE UPCOMING SEASON BOYS, YOU HAVE MADE SOME BIG-TIME EMEMIES THAT'S FOR CERTAIN, GOOD LUCK!!! 2012 SHUOLD BE FUN WATCHING DREW GET SACKED!!



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: March 7, 2012 7:21 am
 

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Much to do about nothing ..... The NFL has a violent and exquisite product, let it remain that way. 
 


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