Nov. 7, 2010; Charlotte, NC, USA; New Orleans Saints football helmet sits on the field during warm ups against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-US PRESSWIRE

Saints Issue Statement On 'BountyGate' Punishments

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell brought down the hammer on the New Orleans Saints for covering up “BountyGate,” today. As the dust starts to settle and the Saints march on to figure out what they will be doing to fill the voids on their coaching staff, the organization has released a statement and taken responsibility for the punishment they have received.

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.

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