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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: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 6:06 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Hey Patsie, r u serious pal,Spygate,remember that one ? Want the NFL to strip your 3 titles for cheating?By the way every NFL player that has been interviewed has stated that this pay for hits has been part of every team they played for.Get off your high horse man,you're a joke.No other team has ever been caught filming like the Patriots,your team r the real cheaters.The SAINTS won SB XLIV fair n square, no illegal videotaping, n we'll keep that title.LOL

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 3:49 am
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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: March 7, 2012 2:54 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Number 1 this isn't the NCAA where they can go back and pull your title and then ban you from post season play.

I would make Williams an example. I would suspend him for a year, then put a "show cause" tag on him i.e. if some team wants to hire him, they have to pay a fine. The Rams are SOL this year.

Suspend the GM and Head Coach of the Saints for 4 regular season games.

Fine the team and remove a couple of 3 and 4 round draft picks. If you want to be cute give one to the Cardinals and one to the Vikings.

If there was a player ringleader (like Vilma) or two, then suspend them for 4 games. Make them  ineligible for any postseason awards i.e. Pro Bowl, POY, MVP, etc.

Don't penalize the 2nd string defensive tackle or the situational defensive back. They got caught up in a 'mob mentality' and were trying to be "team players" albeit misguided.

Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: March 7, 2012 1:00 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

In order for an activity to be considered a crime, there has to be some intent to injury and a victim.  According to the the players around the league there are definitely victims and these three idiots (espically Greg Williams) have all confessed to having "intent" to hurt people to win games.  They could legally be charged with conspiracy to committed a crime --battery.  I would not be surprise to see the Feds getting involving and throwing some indictments around.  I get that accidents happens but when you are order to go out there and hurt people, that crosses the line.  These guys happened to have been caught in the wrong era with the wrong commissioner and I would be willing to bet that the commissioner will be looking to make examples of them to demostrate what he has been preaching ever since he got hire which is player safety. 

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:57 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

now we will see how bad peyton is hurt. if he is not hurt peyton can still be a grat player. pf course everyone will b trying to crunch him, so we will see. 

Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:28 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

1.  Strip the Saints of the Super Bowl Trophy, they don't deserve it and did not earn it.
2.  Ban Greg Williams for life if his practices carried over to Washngton and Buffalo, as reported.
     Fine him the maximum
3.  Suspend Payton for 8 games or half a season with the maximum fine.
4.  Fine the organization the maximum
5.  Suspend Loomis for a year for condoning these actions and not stopping them when told.  The owner should ifre him.
6.  For all players who contributed to the bounty or appearing to knowlingly injure another player, automatic 4 game suspension and maximum fines.
7.  No playoffs for 2 seasons.
8. Loss of 2nd rd pick this year and 1st rd pick next year.
This will stop the bounty hunting

Leave it to a Patriots fan who's tired of hearing about Spygate to throw the book at the Saints.  Glad to see another team get busted for something stupid aren't you? 

I am really amazed at the comments that are being left as if you never knew this was happening.  It happens everywhere!  Your favorite team does it!  Your favorite teams are glad they didn't get caught.  I'm sure many teams are now coving their butts by making sure they didn't write anything down about their boounty programs. 

The Saints deserve a punishment but nothing to the extent of this rediculousness. 

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:06 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

"Why didn't these guys get some legal advice before this apology?" 

Because only nitwits believe there's any kind of legal action to be had here.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:05 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

just read your list. You live in a fantasy land don't you. I guess you missed just how many other teams and players do this exact same thing, and how many actually came in defense of the team. The league is making an example of the Saints because of player safety litigation. Ten years ago this isn't even news. Twenty years ago it's standard operating procedure. Don't act all butthurt, I guarantee your precious Patriots have done the exact same thing at some point in their history. 

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:02 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

Are these guys crazy?  I think so.

Gregg Williams needs to be sitting in a room with a jury very soon and if Payton and Loomis are willing to sit beside them, as they apparently desire, I say "good".  It is great to get a guilty plea from those involved before the trial begins.

I am also wondering if making alot of money makes a person stupid?  No, probably not.  It just makes them feel entitled.  Don't Payton and Loomis realize that when the lawsuits begin that they are going to now be listed as co-defendents because they are "taking full responsibility", which, as far as I am concerned, is an admission of complicity.  Why didn't these guys get some legal advice before this apology?

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2012 12:00 am

Payton, Loomis take 'full responsibility'

What's interesting to me is that the NFL could have decided to investigate any number of teams and probably found similar violations. It sounds like they specifically looked at the Saints because of what they perceived as an arrogant attitude. I hope Loomis and Payton take that to heart and start behaving with a little more respect to the game, fellow owners, the NFL, and the fans.

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