Evans Clinchy
Saturday March 24th, 2012

Two days after being suspended a full season by the NFL for his involvement in the team's bounty scandal, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton has released a statement apologizing for his past mistakes.

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

"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." Commissioner Roger Goodell came down hard Wednesday on Payton and the Saints -- in addition to Payton's punishment, defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was suspended indefinitely, general manager Mickey Loomis was barred for eight games, and the Saints as a team were charged both money and draft picks.

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