Ben­son backs Loomis, Pay­ton

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports -

NEW OR­LEANS | A New Or­leans Saints of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with club owner Tom Ben­son’s re­ac­tion to the NFL’S bounty in­ves­ti­ga­tion says gen­eral man­ager Mickey Loomis and coach Sean Pay­ton still have Ben­son’s full sup­port.

The of­fi­cial spoke to the As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity Mon­day be­cause the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. An NFL re­port says be­tween 22 and 27 de­fen­sive play­ers on the Saints, as well as a for­mer as­sis­tant coach, main­tained a bounty pro­gram for in­flict­ing in­juries on tar­geted op­pos­ing play­ers dur­ing the past three sea­sons.

The of­fi­cial said Ben­son is “110 per­cent be­hind his guys,” and wants them fo­cused on im­prov­ing the club for the up­com­ing sea­son.

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