In the statement below coach Payton responds to reinstatement.
“I am thankful today Commissioner Goodell has granted me reinstatement. As I stated back in March, “ I, along with Mickey Loomis, take full responsibility for all aspects of our football program.”
I clearly recognize that mistakes were made, which led to league violations.
“Furthermore, I have assured the Commissioner a more diligent protocol will be followed.
“Lastly, I feel we have learned from our mistakes and are ready to move forward. I want to thank our owner, Mr. Benson and all of our great fans for the overwhelming support throughout this past year.
“I am excited to be back as Head Coach of the New Orleans Saints!”
– Sean Payton