Statement from the Saints regarding bounty punishments

[Editor’s note:  The Saints have issued a statement in response to Wednesday’s significant punishment for the three-year bounty system.  The statement appears below.]

Today, Commissioner Goodell apprised us of the severe penalties facing our club, as proposed by the NFL.

We recognize our fans’ concerns and we regret the uncertainty this episode has created for them. We are humbled by the support our organization has received from our fans today in the wake of this announcement, and we ask them to continue to stand with us, as they have done in the past, when both our team and our city have overcome greater adversities.

To our fans, the NFL and the rest of our league, we offer our sincere apology and take full responsibility for these serious violations. It has always been the goal of the New Orleans Saints to create a model franchise and to impact our league in a positive manner. There is no place for bounties in our league and we reiterate our pledge that this will never happen again.

15 responses to “Statement from the Saints regarding bounty punishments

  1. This seems like a harsh penalty for players playing hard and doing what they are paid to do. There are monetary incentives for all NFL positions. RB and WR yards, Sacks, etc. The Refs and league already penalize players for what they believe to be rough or dirty hits. That should be the end of it. Peyton out for a year and loosing millions? In my option Belichick’s and the Patriots’ violations were far worse.

  2. A helluva way “to create a model franchise and to impact our league in a positive manner”, don’t ya think? It got them their Super Bowl, so a little mea culpa now, the loss of a couple of measly draft picks and the lost of a coach for a year and they are right back to normal. Pfffft. Doesn’t seem like enough punishment to me.

  3. World Class Organization – Are you kidding me?? They had a program in place to cause injury to players to the point they would be carted off the field. Everyone knew about it and turned the other cheek. How disrespectful to bring in hurricane Katrina in order to garner sympathy. That was 6 years ago. You should apologize to the fans and beg for their support. The only reason this apology came was because they got caught.

  4. this still aint enough of a penalty. Maybe dress up Mr peyton as a tackling dummy and have some of the players come in and take him out at his knees. He can claim that’ its just part of the game. No big deal.

  5. They should hold the GM/coach responsible and have him pay the team (dock pay) fine. Remember; the owner told the GM to stop any bounty system when they heard the NFL was initially investigating this.

  6. Think about it. You’re going into the first pre-season game against the Niners, a team with a completely new coaching staff and because of the lockout, a team that has had a grand total of about one week to prepare for the game. You decide to throw as many complex blitzing schemes as you possibly can at them and you end up beating the crap out of both Niner quarterbacks and humiliating an offensive line that’s had less than a week of playing together and hasn’t had the time to even begin working on blitz protections.

    As a coach, you would have to be a complete, no-class a-hole to even consider playing the game like that.

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