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Saints' Sean Payton issues apology

Updated: March 24, 2012, 2:52 PM ET
Associated Press

METAIRIE, La. -- Sean Payton apologized Friday for the bounty system under which Saints players were offered payouts for big hits on opponents, saying he takes "full responsibility" for the program that operated for three years under his watch.

"I share and fully support the league's concerns and goals on player safety," the New Orleans coach said in a written statement released by the team. "It is, and should be, paramount.

"Respecting our great game and the NFL shield is extremely ...

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