Saints Punishment: Sean Payton Apologizes For Bounty Scandal, Will Reportedly Lose $5.8 Million

Sean Payton released an apology Saturday for his role in letting then-New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams run a bounty program. Payton took full responsibility for what happened, and expressed his support for the league's efforts to enhance player safety.

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.

Head Coach Sean Payton
New Orleans Saints

Payton will serve out a 10-month suspension that will cost the head coach $5.8 million according to ESPN. The suspension begins April 1, and will run until after the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013. Payton's yearly salary has been reported at $7 million.

For more on the Saints punishment, stay tuned SB Nation's ongoing StoryStream and head over to the Saints blog Canal Street Chronicles.

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