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몸싸움이 치열한 미국프로풋볼(NFL)에서 상대에게 부상을 입힌 선수에게 포상금을 준 사건이 발생해 충격을 주고 있다. 프로풋볼은 스포츠 종목 중 부상 위험이 가장 큰 것으로 알려져 있다. 지난해 12월 3일 미국대학체육위원회 미식축구 경기에서 위스콘신대의 크리스 볼란드(오른쪽)가 미시간주립대 케손 마틴(왼쪽)에게 강한 태클을 해 마틴의 헬멧이 벗겨지고 있다. [중앙포토]

NEW YORK - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis apologized on Tuesday for a bounty system uncovered by an NFL investigation, vowing it will never happen again.

The joint statement released on the team’s Web site was the first since the league announced last Friday that it had uncovered a scheme in which former assistant coach Gregg Williams would pay players for injuring rival players.

The league probe found between 22 and 27 Saints players were involved with Williams, now the defensive coordinator for the St. Louis Rams, admitting that he ran the bounty scheme and apologizing for what he termed a “terrible mistake.”

NFL officials also found that Loomis and Payton did nothing to stop the bounty policy even after team owner Tom Benson was informed about the plan by the NFL last year and asked Loomis to put an end to the scheme.

“We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch. We take full responsibility,” Payton and Loomis said in their statement.

“This has brought undue hardship on Mr. Benson, who had nothing to do with this activity. He has been nothing but supportive, and for that we both apologize to him.” AFP
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