New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis issued their first public statement since bountygate broke.

“We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch,” the pair said in a joint statement. “This has brought undue hardship on (Saints owner) Mr. (Tom) Benson, who had nothing to do with this activity. He has been nothing but supportive and for that we both apologize to him.”

“These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it has had on our game,” Tuesday’s statement said. “Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again, and make that same promise to the NFL and most importantly to all of our fans.”

(Via ESPN)