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New Orleans Saints Scandal: Sean Payton And Mickey Loomis Release Statement

Potentially harsh sanctions coming to the New Orleans Saints in the wake of the Gregg Williams bounty program scandal, and on Tuesday Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis released a 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. 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

Related: St. Louis Rams Should Fire Gregg Williams, No Matter How Widespread Bounty Programs Are

Punishment from the NFL could be announced later this month, and there has been speculation that fines, suspensions and perhaps even the forfeiture of draft picks could be among the sanctions.

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