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Saints Bounty Scandal: Sean Payton 'Sorry' For 'What Has Happened'

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who has been at the forefront of New Orleans' bounty scandal, finally released a statement to the public, a few days after Roger Goodell suspended Payton for the entire 2012 season.

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.

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.

Payton should be sorry for what happened, and from his statement, it doesn't appear that he disagrees with Goodell's decision to suspend him for the entire 2012 season. Not only did Payton put players' health at risk, but he also cost New Orleans a pair of second-round draft picks -- so there is plenty to apologize for.

For more on the New Orleans Saints, head over to Canal Street Chronicles. For updates on the bounty scandal, keep checking SB Nation Atlanta's story stream.

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