Sean Payton again accepts “full responsibility” for bounties

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Although the latest statement issued by Saints coach Sean Payton two days after NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Payton for a full season doesn’t specifically state that Payton will waive his right to appeal the suspension, Payton reiterates his acceptance of “full responsibility” for the situation.

“I share and fully support the League’s concerns and goals on player safety. It is, and should be paramount. Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely important to me,” Payton said.

“Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.

“I am sorry for what has happened and as head coach take full responsibility.  Finally, I want to thank Mr. Benson, our players and all Saints fans for their overwhelming support.”

After the NFL announced that the three-year bounty program had been detected, Payton and G.M. Mickey Loomis issued a joint statement accepting “full responsibility.”  Loomis has not yet issued a statement following Wednesday’s announcement, which imposed on Loomis an eight-game suspension.

131 responses to “Sean Payton again accepts “full responsibility” for bounties

  1. “Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.

    How much vigilance will it require for him to not lie to the league?

  2. “Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.”

    ——–

    Should have done that the first TWO times the league told you to end the bounty program.

  3. Payton’s a class guy, and a good coach, and not the dbag that Williams is turning out to be (and to think, I regretted that Washington let him leave). Payton will bounce back, and won’t be tarnished by this.

  4. It’s funny. He states he accepts full responsibility yet he was “shocked” and didn’t agree with the year suspension. He’s lucky to only get a year.

  5. How does one take “full responsibility”, yet never actually say “I’m sorry for what I did”? He always talks about it as if he was not a part of it.

    Sean: I do not accept your weak apology, and I feel you got off easy.

  6. Payton and Loomis can’t both be 100% responsible. They should issue a joint statement with each person accepting 50% of the responsibility.

  7. Didn’t Sean Payton get taken out last year on the sidelines? I wonder how he’d feel if he knew that was on purpose…maybe he’d have acted more like a man instead of turning the other cheek for 3 years of this crap.

  8. This was more of a case of being absent minded about what was going on with his defense more than anything else, and not realizing how serious of an issue the NFL was making this out to be.

    Sean Payton was the offensive coordinator and put Gregg Williams in charge of the defense with little to no oversight, that was his biggest mistake.

    What Williams did was not in the rule book nor was it “morally” right, but it did not lead to any competitive advantage on the field or in the film room (spygate). Therefore any claim of an * by the Saints Lombardi Trophy are mere complaints from rival fans who have not had the pleasure of hoisting said trophy at the end of the season ::cough:: vikings, falcons, panthers ::cough::

    😀

  9. Not much for you Saints haters to say about this, eh? It’s going to be real funny when we are competitive as hell this year, and back in the playoffs. Can’t wait to rub it in all you Saints haters when it happens, too!

  10. Congress should fully get involved and investigate any bounty programs in all other 31 NFL teams.

    Make sure all of you “fans” wear helmets so that you don’t hurt your heads falling off your white high horses.

  11. u make me ill i hate the saints why dont u stick a helmet on get your a$$ on da field and let some1 have a bounty on u u lieing jerk, and to u saint fans welcome back to the AINTS yall got no game believe that

  12. So is Sean Payton allowed to work on one of the major networks as a football analyst this season?

  13. Sean Payton will still be the coach. Carmichael will probably have the title. there will be throwaway phones that they, along with Loomis will use to do the job. They will be untraceable.

  14. if you give spagnola decent talent he’s gonna succeed. Assuming they resign Brees there’d be no reason to bring payton back bc 2012 will be a dominating year for them offensively atleast.

  15. “This was more of a case of being absent minded about what was going on with his defense more than anything else, and not realizing how serious of an issue the NFL was making this out to be.”

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    Easily the funniest thing I’ve read all day! Thank you.

  16. wdcskins says: Mar 23, 2012 6:22 PM
    Payton’s a class guy, and a good coach, and not the dbag that Williams is turning out to be (and to think, I regretted that Washington let him leave). Payton will bounce back, and won’t be tarnished by this.

    Class guy? That’s questionable..I remember him acting like kind of like an arrogant frat boy after the Super Bowl win. As far as being a good coach..he’s not the worst but certainly not the best (he should feel lucky he has Brees as a qb) As far as not being tarnished I must point at Belicheck. Most people agree he’s a great coach but he will be forever remembered for Spygate

  17. mp42245 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:32 PM

    Sean Payton will still be the coach. Carmichael will probably have the title. there will be throwaway phones that they, along with Loomis will use to do the job. They will be untraceable.

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    lol someone watched The Wire

  18. … Be more vigilant….

    Seems like he’s playing the “I didn’t know it was happening” card….. Which is obviously another lie as he’s already admitted it…

    Yup , arrogant frat boy who thinks it’s ok to just skip the whole playing the game thing and just break legs to get a ring….

  19. Why try and hurt an opposing player? If it happens and it happens a lot, then it happens. But you never try to intentionally hurt anyone when playing football. Thats bs. Play the game fair and by the rules. I know personally I would hold my head higher knowing I just beat a team at their best rather than knowing someone on my team intentionally hurt one of the opposing team’s best players on purpose. If I lost, then so be it, at least I would know I tried my best, gave it my all, but the other team was just better.

    Its pathetic that they would put bounties on players and try to hurt them. It’s a game. This is not life or death. You’re paid millions of dollars to play a game. It’s a joke. Anyone involved in this bounty deal should be suspended indefinitely. Its a privilege to play football, especially to be paid to do it. Grow up and play by the rules. Don’t be a bitch and try and hurt the other team’s players.

  20. @Ilovefoolsball. You are one dumb dick head. Peyton had emails with a convicted felon accepting monetary pledges towards the bounties. His legacy won’t be affected? Sorry, it already is. He should be indicted on federal RICO charges and be put in prison.

  21. @schmitty2: Fratboy? Care to expand on that? News to me. How should one behave when one has just won the world championship? When did I say he was the “best” coach? Look at his resume. He’s got the goods, as coach (and well before Brees). And don’t even compare Belicheat (who’s still a great coach) to this. C’mon, man!

  22. maybe all the saints players should read this. they keep denying there were any bounties. Tracy Porter is the latest one to go on espn and deny there were bounties put on other players.

  23. Other than a contrite, honest confession – which this obviously wasn’t – this was about all he could say. And it’s about all I expected to see from him: a half-hearted, half-assed “Gee I’m sorry.” No, he won’t let it happen again, but it’s clear that he has no contrition in his heart for this.

  24. If the Saints didn’t even get flagged for a personal foul, & no one was ejected for any infraction during ANY of the games relating to the charges, how can these charges blow up so outrageously? Naturally the players would be emboldened if there were never any penalties.

    Players are fighting for jobs during training camp. They are trying to impress the coaches by making big hits. They are trying to kill their own prospective teammates by playing hard physically during camp & practice. Fights often break out. Big surprise, they’re trying to kill players on the other teams too.

    I put this entire mess ALL on the officials. If they were any good, no one would ever get away with that conduct during the game. They obviously didn’t even see the need to WARN the Saints about going overboard during the games. I guess they were too busy flagging the Raiders for holding on the opposite side of the field, 20 yards away from the ball carrier. But, they never thought to even warn the Saints? They didn’t see anything wrong with the specific plays which would end up getting the HC, DC, & GM suspended, & the frickin’ owner fined?

    PffffffT

  25. Full responsibility = full punishment

    letting your defensive coordinator take the fall = Sean Payton

  26. The Saints may have talked a good talk in the locker room, but when Mike Williams’ underperforming defense hit the field they were hardly an intimidating force. Just look at the numbers that sfsaintsfan has put together so far. Show me the data that shows that the Saints defense actually caused more injuries than other teams. Show me the data that shows that the Saints often anemic defense knocked more opposing players out of the game than anyone else. Were the Saints penalized for uneccessary roughness, illegal hits, illegal blocks, roughing the quarterback, hitting defenseless receivers (I think of Jack Tatum, “the Assassin”), flagrant face masks, horsecollars, and roughing the kicker any more than any other team? They weren’t fined more than anyone (thanks sfsaintsfan). Mike Williams’ defenses could barely hold the other team under 25 points a game. They gave up more big plays than should be allowed. Show me a video that clearly documents a Saints player deliberately attempting to injure an opposing player. It is painfully obvious that the Saints did NOT follow-through with their brash talk onto the playing field. There is not a shred of evidence that they did. If they tried to hurt opposing players they were abysmal failures at carrying it out. There is no significant evidence that this actually happened on the field during a game. So without any evidence that these “bounties” were actually influencing the individual players what we are left with is nothing more than trash talk. Hyperbole meant to fire up the otherwise pathetic Mike Williams’ defense. A defense that was usually just barely hanging on for their own lives.

  27. I’m hearing there were quite a few players who didn’t agree with this bounty system. I guess then that we could say there was a “mutiny on the bounty”?

  28. He will “be more vigilant going forward”?? He knew damn well what was going on and encouraged it. What does vigilant have to do with anything?? Are any of these Saints guys going to admit any level of wrongdoing at any point??

  29. New Orleans SAINTS!!! Superbowl Champs 2009
    Like it or not, dems be the facts!
    Geaux SAINTS!!!!!

  30. I’ll give anything if any former or current member of the Saints organization will stop publicly speaking. After reading these comments, I now realize there is nothing they can say that will make this right.

    If the Saints members say anything remotely opposite of public opinion, they will be verbally burned at the stake. Some of them might be telling the truth, but the sheep, also known as public opinion, will not have it. There is no truth other than what they want to believe.

    On the other hand, if any member of the Saints, current or former, apologizes for their actions, agrees with the penalties, and earnestly tries to right the ship, well… They will also be verbally burned at the stake.

    I repeatedly say I agree with the Commish, but that doesn’t matter either. I’m calling on all members of the Saints organization to shut up. I’m calling on all Saints fans to defend your team no more. The public opinion sheep will give you a verbal beatdown regardless. Anyone associated with this organization will no longer be listened to, believed, or otherwise tolerated by others in any way, shape or form. Those people are right, regardless. We are wrong, regardless. They are without sin and their houses (and teams) are firmly made out of concrete and steel, where they are free to cast stones without fear.

    This is my last post on this matter, as it simply doesn’t matter.

  31. The fine against the Saints was not nearly enough. It should have been closer to $8,ooo,ooo. After they give the $500k fine to charity, they get to keep all the money they won’t have to pay the suspended employees. Millions of dollars saved especially since only scrubs will be left to pay on defense when that ax falls. They should at least pay “Coach” Brees now…

  32. tduhe1 says: Mar 23, 2012 6:28 PM

    Not much for you Saints haters to say about this, eh? It’s going to be real funny when we are competitive as hell this year, and back in the playoffs. Can’t wait to rub it in all you Saints haters when it happens, too!

    Best be scoring a lella lotta points son. Gonna be fun watching ya try that with no defense while Brees is holding out roflmfao @ u. For Xmas I’ll send ya a life jacket, use it for this storm or the next hurricane, that’s your choice

  33. Nice “apology”, Mr. Payton. Too bad you, your players, and your fans are too arrogant to acknowledge and understand the magnitude of what actually happened. Glad you are forgiving about losing a little more than $5 million from your salary (given that your suspension is only for 10 months).

  34. ilovefoolsball says:Mar 23, 2012 6:30 PM

    Congress should fully get involved and investigate any bounty programs in all other 31 NFL teams.

    Make sure all of you “fans” wear helmets so that you don’t hurt your heads falling off your white high horses

    duece5 says:

    Dude ……YOUR TEAM DID IT FOR THREE……count them….THREE YEARS…..rubbed it in Goodell’s face…..”we’re not doing it”….no sir…..”yes Mr. Benson, we’ll discontinue the practice”…….all talk……..

    Goodell acted totally right in this case……not every team is doing it……..if they are, the NFL has a liability issue if they don’t act upon credible evidence.

    Face it…….your organization is an embarrassment, and this won’t fade away soon at all.

    Live with it…..you cheated, created an institutionalized system of trying to take players out…..pretty much the cheapest way to win, so ya, you built in your own cheating system…..pretty disgusting and ethically reprehensible!!

  35. Mr. Payton,

    I am a Viking fan and always have been one. As a Viking fan, I sat and watched your team beat us in the championship game. We respected the game and tipped our hats to your championship team. Most of us, pure football fans, knew that the game was played unfair.

    We can (still do blame the refs) blame a lot of things that happened that day. Yes, it is true the Vikings gave the ball away to much and our beaten to death Old QB was the goat. There were a lot of broken hearts that day.

    I am just glad it has come full circle. I am glad your team is “what it is”. This team is and never will be the championship team you held the trophy so high.

    All I can say as a Viking fan. I would rather lose with a beaten down QB and terrible ref’s…Because it has to suck knowing you cheated your way to victory. If any S.B. will ever be questioned Mr.Payton…it will be yours.

    Thank you for your ” I take full responsibility” — It just shows you are a true cheater. Good luck in the future! Hope you are proud!!!

  36. Wow…I’ve never seen so many imbeciles in one spot. Well, maybe in Washington. Complaining about the Saints must give you guys woodies!!!

    NFL Team Penalties per Game:

    2011:
    1. Oakland 10.2
    9. Minnesota 6.8
    11. Arizona 6.6
    22. New Orleans 5.7

    2010:
    1. Oakland 9.2
    7. Arizona 6.8
    12 Minnehaha 6.2
    18. N.O. 5.7

    2009:
    1.Green Bay 7.4
    7. Arizona 6.7
    8 Minnehaha 6.3
    20. N.O. 5.6

    Teamrankings.com

  37. nowillrepeat says: Mar 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    So I guess the Giants SB is also “tainted” right?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/giants-knew-kyle-williams-had-concussion-problems-targeted-183400986.html

    No…

    Giants coaches told players to hit him hard on returns because he would get woozie and might fumble (due to recent concussions).

    Saints coaches offered 1,000’s of dollars if an opposing player got injured and did not finish game (even on penalized, non-clean hits)

    One of the two is strategy, the other is illegal and criminal.

  38. I belive there was 4 Viking players injured in that game and the Refs were too scared to blow the wistle. Saints win will always be a taited win. Who dat who dat gonna respect them Saints?

  39. Viking fans please cry me friggin river, you lost and thats that. Cheating really…. So bc the Saints were trying to hurt your QB means they cheated. Even though you totally out performed the Saints on offense that game, in the end the Saints still cheated. You forget AP fumbled 3 times, he wasn’t said to have a bounty on him, and yet the Saints still cheated. A total of 5 players were named to have a bounty on them which means a total of 5 games were bounty games. Trust me if that number was any higher the NFL wouldn’t have just slapped the Saints on the wrist as far as draft picks two 2nd rd picks…. C’mon the Pats got a 1st rd pick taken away, that should you tell you a little more about spygate. The penalty was more for lying then anything else. People fear what they don’t understand (bounty gate), hate what they can’t conquer (the Saints). Minnesota you wish you had Sean Payton as your HC.

  40. ““Our organization will implement all necessary protections and protocols, and I will be more vigilant going forward.”………translated that means, “next time I won’t get caught”

  41. vikingdawg71 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 8:27 PM
    Mr. Payton,

    I am a Viking fan and always have been one. As a Viking fan, I sat and watched your team beat us in the championship game. We respected the game and tipped our hats to your championship team. Most of us, pure football fans, knew that the game was played unfair.

    We can (still do blame the refs) blame a lot of things that happened that day. Yes, it is true the Vikings gave the ball away to much and our beaten to death Old QB was the goat. There were a lot of broken hearts that day.

    I am just glad it has come full circle. I am glad your team is “what it is”. This team is and never will be the championship team you held the trophy so high.

    All I can say as a Viking fan. I would rather lose with a beaten down QB and terrible ref’s…Because it has to suck knowing you cheated your way to victory. If any S.B. will ever be questioned Mr.Payton…it will be yours.

    Thank you for your ” I take full responsibility” — It just shows you are a true cheater. Good luck in the future! Hope you are proud!!!

     ———

    U gonna cry in ur pillow tonight?

  42. Cue the bloodthirsty mob. They got hammered. The guy released an apology. He’s suspended. But the whining continues…at least until its YOUR team and coach getting nailed. Then all these whiners will scurry back under their rocks.

    Green Bay
    Baltimore
    Washington
    Buffalo
    ….?

    The NFL investigators are comin’ for ya.

  43. No…

    Giants coaches told players to hit him hard on returns because he would get woozie and might fumble (due to recent concussions).

    Saints coaches offered 1,000′s of dollars if an opposing player got injured and did not finish game (even on penalized, non-clean hits)

    One of the two is strategy, the other is illegal and criminal.
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    No moron, the article clearly states that they knew he had a history of concussions and they were looking to knock his ASS out the game with a kill head shot. They are even laughing about it.

    This is a blatant head hunting scheme aimed at injuring a player no matter which way you want to spin it.

    $ should not even be the issue here (which you dont know wasnt exchanged anyway).

  44. He is finished in NO…the player fines haven’t even been handed down yet, that’s gonna be special. The “Aints” are poised for a basement run of Colts like proportions.

  45. He may come back for year or two in NO, but Sean Payton and his effectiveness in NO is circling the drain.

    He’s done

  46. The fault is all his he should have put his team in a better position to make plays.The time is yours.

  47. Yeah you take that responsibility. You take it like the dirty little coach that you are. Now grab your ankles for Daddy Goodell.

  48. All the league did on Wednesday was piss off the players on our Roster, as well as the fan base.They woke up a sleeping Giant down here. The team is already damn good, but mark my words they will be as good, or better this season. With our number one Offense, and soon to be better Defense under Spagnola the Saints will keep on winning. So, all you anti-Saints and haters out there – go ahead, keep writing your Crap on this website, keep laughing and making jokes, and please underestimate the power of our team and fans. The joke will be on you in February, 2013.

  49. nowillrepeat says: Mar 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    So I guess the Giants SB is also “tainted” right?
    _________________________________

    What you’re doing is called “transference”. It is the re-direction of feelings and desires from one object onto another to justify you’re corrupted way of thinking.

    The connection you are attempting to make is like trying to call involuntary manslaughter and premeditated murder the same thing. There is a difference between trying to exploit a weakness in a players game and targeting him for INJURY with a CASH PRIZE attached. If you can’t see the difference you have more sever problems than your football teams scummy actions and the consequences.

  50. nowillrepeat says: Mar 23, 2012 8:45 PM

    Cant wait to see all you haters once parcells signs on to substitute.
    ———————————————

    Did Sean make one final run through the training room and share what he found with you, or what?

  51. prrebel says:
    Mar 23, 2012 8:39 PM
    Wow…I’ve never seen so many imbeciles in one spot. Well, maybe in Washington. Complaining about the Saints must give you guys woodies!!!

    NFL Team Penalties per Game:

    2011:
    1. Oakland 10.2
    9. Minnesota 6.8
    11. Arizona 6.6
    22. New Orleans 5.7

    2010:
    1. Oakland 9.2
    7. Arizona 6.8
    12 Minnehaha 6.2
    18. N.O. 5.7

    2009:
    1.Green Bay 7.4
    7. Arizona 6.7
    8 Minnehaha 6.3
    20. N.O. 5.6

    Teamrankings.com
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    Brilliant dude. Amazing how a little math is all it takes to show people how stupid they are. Well done.

  52. 90% of the jagoffs slamming Payton on this site would jump for joy if he was available to coach their team.

    By the way, this statement was probably suggested by the league office so Payton would look as remorseful as possible at GODdell’s harsh punishment. Come the midway point of the season, the shock value of the harsh penalty will have served his purpose. So don’t be surprised if the Ginger reopens the case to declare that Payton has served his time and decides to reinstate him just in time for the stretch run to the playoffs.

    How you like dem apples, bitches?

  53. All you Saints fans can shut the heck up about this matter. They did it and that’s the fact. Do not make excuses for your team. I am so tired of those people saying that the NFL is based on violence. The NFL has never been about that. It is about the goal of winning the game. It has never been about hurting people. Seriously in life, sports, or any type of event should never be about paying someone to hurt someone. It’s not humane and should never be tolerated. NO EXCUSES. SAINTS GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED.

  54. Payton just felt he was above the rules. He is no better than Nixon. Exactly the same, actually.

  55. bwerickson82
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    Save it mother teresa

    Have you ever seen “Any given Sunday?”

    Dont be nieve

  56. What about the Tax implications on these cash payments? The IRS should be all over this. Who received payment, how much, and from whom? The NFL is the least of these players worries.

  57. vikingdawg71 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 8:27 PM
    I am a Viking fan and always have been one.

    ——————————————–

    Your blustering diatribe shows you’re a sanctimonious twit and probably suffering from an over-inflated sense of self-importance also.

    You declaring proudly that, “I am a viking fan and always have been one” is irrefutable proof of you living out your life as a big dummy

  58. bwerickson82
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    Save it mother teresa

    Have you ever seen “Any given Sunday?”

    Dont be nieve

    ————————-
    For your information, that is a movie!!!! how old are you!? Are you that immature to see how dumb your comment was? You probably have never played a real football game in your life.

  59. He shouldn’t accept full responsibility, some but not all. My guess is that he’s saying these things to look good for an appeal of his punishment.

  60. For your information, that is a movie!!!! how old are you!? Are you that immature to see how dumb your comment was? You probably have never played a real football game in your life.
    ————————————————
    Regardless of it being a movie, there is some bit of truth to it, like Blue Chips/The Progam. It’s an ugly business corrupted by money.

    Im 28 if you are really that interested and have been following the nfl my whole life.

    I torn my right acl twice playing football in high school. Am I bitter? No, because I knew it was a risk by stepping on the grid iron.

    Ask Ronnie Lott if he was trying to hurt guys.

  61. gb4mn0 says:Mar 23, 2012 11:24 PM

    vikingdawg71 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 8:27 PM
    I am a Viking fan and always have been one.
    ——————————————–

    Your blustering diatribe shows you’re a sanctimonious twit and probably suffering from an over-inflated sense of self-importance also.

    You declaring proudly that, “I am a viking fan and always have been one” is irrefutable proof of you living out your life as a big dummy
    ==================
    gb4mno: Look in the mirror. Pot, meet kettle. Your first paragraph describes you to a T.

  62. Dear Morons,

    Did the SMU “Death Penalty” in 1987 do away with corrupt college recruiting? The simple answer is no. It is still extremely prevalent today as ever.

    That punishment clearly did not solve the problem and neither will this.

    Goddell has abused his power here and between Jerry, Daniel, and Tom pissed off three of his most high profile owners.

  63. No matter who gets hurt in football, the fact is people get hurt in football, yes. But when you are paying people to hurt others is morally wrong. What type of society do we live in? It is stupid and reckless. YES. Did we all grow up being teached to hurt people. Where is the sportsmanship? Well for sure there is none from paying to hurt people. Honestly, this is a sport. The point is to win the game. When did it change to harming the opposing players? Football is a violent sport. I played it. But you NEVER go out with the intention to knock one person out of the game. The Saints players, or others, once they are punished, will not be able to appeal this. How can the NFLPA be able to protect the ones that committed this act when the ones that were issued the bounty on are on the NFLPA too. They are just sorry they got caught. Sometimes it’s just time to man up and face what is coming to you.

  64. nowillrepeat says:
    Mar 24, 2012 12:22 AM
    For your information, that is a movie!!!! how old are you!? Are you that immature to see how dumb your comment was? You probably have never played a real football game in your life.
    ————————————————
    Regardless of it being a movie, there is some bit of truth to it, like Blue Chips/The Progam. It’s an ugly business corrupted by money.

    Im 28 if you are really that interested and have been following the nfl my whole life.

    I torn my right acl twice playing football in high school. Am I bitter? No, because I knew it was a risk by stepping on the grid iron.

    Ask Ronnie Lott if he was trying to hurt guys.
    ——————————
    Yes I am sorry that has happened to you. But really, look at how the Saints went after Brett Favre in the NFC championship game. You can’t tell me that they weren’t trying to knock him out of the game. If this weren’t any sport, people would be going to JAIL. You are paying someone to hurt someone else. NFL is not apart of that.

  65. tduhe1 says:
    Mar 23, 2012 10:17 PM
    All the league did on Wednesday was piss off the players on our Roster, as well as the fan base.They woke up a sleeping Giant down here. The team is already damn good, but mark my words they will be as good, or better this season. With our number one Offense, and soon to be better Defense under Spagnola the Saints will keep on winning. So, all you anti-Saints and haters out there – go ahead, keep writing your Crap on this website, keep laughing and making jokes, and please underestimate the power of our team and fans. The joke will be on you in February, 2013.
    ———————-
    Yeah cause you know what is exactly going on with the team. You don’t have your head coach and we have seen how Spagnola did as a coach with the Rams. You have Brees which makes your team good, that’s it. Your defense is only going to get worse. Sharper, Porter, Vilma, Fujita, are all gone. To be honest, your Saints haven’t done anything until you finally got Brees. Without him, you are terrible.

  66. Sean, Sean, Sean! Great coach. Inflated ego bubble. If Benson fires you, you’ll be lucky to find a coordinator job after your vacation.
    Payton lives in Dallas. He can take his son to Cowboys games!

  67. Cheat. Lie about it. Keep cheating. For the risks that they took doing this they must have felt it would help them win games. In a game of inches, every little advantage helps and you can understand why’d they go this direction for an added edge.

    They were exposed and it ain’t pretty. Payton doesn’t even really apologize other than to say he takes full responsibility. Wonderful guys to represent your team. But hey, winning is more important than anything.

  68. gmen4life33 says:Mar 23, 2012 8:41 PM

    nowillrepeat says: Mar 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    So I guess the Giants SB is also “tainted” right?

    http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/giants-knew-kyle-williams-had-concussion-problems-targeted-183400986.html
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    You are missing the point.

    I’m sure coaches encourage certain players to do certain things to the other team but paying them to do it shows a strong desire to have it done. Plus it’s illegal.

    I do have to LOL now realizing that Hockey fastly becoming more agressive than football. It’s clear they don’t need to pay those players to knock out their opponents.

  69. I do love how most of the people complaining (viking fans) had their team in the top 12 each of the years that the saints were running their “bounty” program.

  70. Wasn’t it one of his own players that took out his knee? Wonder if Gregg Williams wanted to take over as head coach???? I would take $1000 on the over that he paid that player $15k in a white envelope for that Bounty! Skol

  71. You didn’t accept responsibilty the three years you were lying to the league about it.

    Players have enough worry about getting hurt in a game but to go out of your way to intentionally cripple another human being is as low as you can go.

    If the Saints organization let’s this scumbag come back at the end of his suspension the stink will stick like glue to everyone in the Saints organization from the owner to the mail clerk…and the fans.

  72. what’s he gonna say I was framed I didn’t do it. hit em get em hit em. he’s lucky he don’t get a lifetime achievement award for being banned from pigskin. inside the bounty dome or super dome I mean they purposely hurt ppl for the cheese then all turned into rats.

  73. Payton has had this coming for a while, and it goes beyond the bounty program. First, there was the pain killer theft thing that everyone forgot about. Second, there was the twice-convicted felon / USC booster that the league repeatedly told Payton to stay away from. His ego was out of control.

  74. nowillrepeat says: Mar 23, 2012 7:22 PM

    So I guess the Giants SB is also “tainted” right?
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    Sure, guy. The Giants are just as tainted. I’m sure that’s the way history will remember it too.

    Oh wait. It probably won’t be the same perception at all, ya know when comparing the history making suspension and all the Saints got to a forgotten yahoo article.

    But you will know the truth, and isnt that what’s really important? You should already be feeling better.

  75. Accepting responsibility is a far cry from expressing remorse for your actions. Goodell should give Payton another year of banishment for his lack of remorse. Most people are charged with a felony for “paying a hitman to assault another person” and we know the Louisee authorities won’t but perhaps some other state that the Saints played in, like Wisconsin, when players were offered money to hurt A. Rodgers.

  76. we are fools to do anything but laugh at these ‘apologies’ AFTER someone is caught. it goes for anyone, anywhere. just becuase they are celebrities? disgusting.

  77. Gotta love the good ol’ fashioned non-apology. He did stop short of saying “I’m sorry that Goodell feels this way” though, lol.

    Seriously. “I take full responsibility”. “I am sorry for what happened”.

    How about “I’m sorry that I jeopardized the careers of young men. I’m sorry that I cheated the salary cap system by using an illicit method of financially motivating our players to play the way we wanted them to play”.

    But then again, who on earth thinks these guys are actually sorry? Sure they’re sorry they got caught and tainted the SB and all that jazz. But any time a person denies and continues an action for years after being called out on it you know damn well deep down that they ain’t sorry for doing it.

    Just plain ol’ bad people. I’m hoping I can raise my son to not be that type of person. Success at all costs can leave a man cold inside.

  78. Is the severity of the penalties meant to draw our attention away from the officials? Everyone’s getting suspended and the teams paying 1/2 million in fines and there were no flags??? Maybe this whole thing deserves a closer look?

  79. thehighhat says:
    Mar 23, 2012 6:26 PM
    Translation: I’m sorry I got caught.

    To lie, cover up and lie again and again….loses you ALL of your credibility !……We don’t buy any of it !

  80. coduh82 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 4:36 AM
    I do love how most of the people complaining (viking fans) had their team in the top 12 each of the years that the saints were running their “bounty” program.

    coduh82 says:
    Mar 24, 2012 4:37 AM
    Top 12 in penalties i mean
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    “In 2009 and 2011, the Saints were also in the top five teams in unnecessary roughness penalties; in 2010, the Saints ranked sixth in the category.”
    That is all I need to say.

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