Metairie, LA (Sports Network) - New Orleans Saints' head coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis released a joint statement Tuesday regarding the bounty progam.

They took "full responsibility" for "violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club."

The NFL on Friday found that between 22 and 27 defensive players, as well as at least one assistant coach, maintained an illegal bounty program from 2009-2011, which included payments to players for inflicting game-ending injuries on competitors.

"These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it [sic] has had on our game," Payton and Loomis said in the statement. "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."

"This has brought undue hardship on [Saints owner Tom] Benson, who had nothing to do with this activity. He has been nothing but supportive and for that we both apologize to him."