(NEW ORLEANS) — New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis issued an apology Tuesday for the bounty program run by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.
“We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch,” Payton and Loomis said in a joint statement. “We take full responsibility.”
The NFL investigation found that for the last three seasons, the Saints maintained a bounty pool for as much as $50,000. A player that knocked an opposing player out of the game received $1,500, while a player that had to be helped off the field was worth $1,000.
Between 22 and 27 defensive players participated in the pool, according to the investigation.
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