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Benson Still Backing Loomis and Payton Over “Bounty Gate”

Saints owner Tom Benson isn’t backing off his support of his general manager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Payton, even as his team is accused by the NFL of maintaining a bounty program to injure opponents.

”The bond between Sean and Mickey and Mr. Benson could not be stronger,” a team the official told The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the investigation was still ongoing. ”(Benson) is 110 percent behind his guys.”

”The team completely understands the ramifications, is taking the matter very seriously and has cooperated fully with the league,” said the Saints official. ”Mr. Benson is in constant contact with (Commissioner) Roger Goodell and his office, yet he remains steadfast in his support of Mickey and Sean, and his focus is on the upcoming free agency, making the team better and hosting the Super Bowl. … We have a lot of positive things on our plate that we have to get working on.”

Loomis and Payton have not commented on the probe.

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