NFL says Saints used illegal bounty program

The National Football League released the 2011.

The investigation found that between 22 and 27 defensive players, as well as at least one assistant coach, maintained the illegal program, which included payments to players for inflicting game-ending injuries on competitors.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has been presented with the findings and will determine the appropriate discipline for the actions.

"The payments here are particularly troubling because they involved not just payments for 'performance,' but also for injuring opposing players," Goodell said. "It is our responsibility to protect player safety and the integrity of our game, and this type of conduct will not be tolerated. We have made significant progress in changing the culture with respect to player safety and we are not going to relent. We have more work to do and we will do it."