Seems like only yesterday New Orleans head coach Sean Payton was an American Hero...
Quarterback Drew Brees, and Payton’s Saints had just won the Super Bowl upsetting Peyton Manning and the Colts. More importantly the nearly destroyed city of New Orleans got a much needed shot of hope and pride. Even the President saluted their incredible efforts.
It was the feel good story of the year, but what a difference a year makes.
Today Payton has been destroyed.
He didn’t stop the BOUNTY PATROLS – players who pool money before games to promote INJURING a player on the other team. Money paid to lay out guys and cart them off on stretchers. Yes, the head coach knew about it and didn’t stop it and it went on for years. Other teams participated, but thus far only the Saints have been hit and hit HARD.
Now Payton is OUT FOR THE YEAR with fines up to $7 million just for him.
Saints defensive coach Greg Williams is out maybe forever and asst. coach Joe Vitt is out for six games and has been fined. Meanwhile the Saints owner pays just $500,000 and the Saints lose two years worth of No. 2 draft picks.
In other words, it’s a mess.
According the the Associated Press Brees said, " I’m speechless, the man is like a father to me."
Former NFL star Warren Sapp – now an analyst for NFL Network – says the snitch was Jeromy Shockey, the former Saints tight end. Shockey denies it and is a free agent. Even the Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis got an eight game suspension. Damn.
This is the biggest NFL scandal of all time, so it seems.
Or is it?
In December the Feds busted a huge drug ring in Chicago led by an NFL player. Remember that one? But not one word on that one since. So how do we read this one?
Apparently all NFL teams did this, or so we hear from Jim Rome and his guests. New Orleans was just the example team. Pretty harsh. But so are mean spirited hits in a tough game to begin with.
I see it this way, players can use dope, roids, not finish college or have any real education and that’s okay. And for the most part the NFL doesn’t check much for weed or roid usage because they know almost every player uses them.
Remember, in baseball roids’ are cheating, in the NFL they’re just strong vitamins.
You can do all those things, but…DON’T MESS WITH OUR QUARTERBACKS. WE NEED THEM HEALTHY…THEY COST TOO MUCH MONEY….THAT’S NOT OK.
According to sources it was Brett Favre who was targeted in the 2009 NFC title game for 10 grand by linebacker Jonathan Vilma. He’ll soon also be dealt with. As you recall Favre was badly hurt in that contest.
I think its unfair to single out one team and one coaching staff when most teams did the same thing.
I know life ain’t fair. You know that too. And I do feel badly for Sean Payton, as long as he didn’t participate in the bounty hunting.
P.S.: Drew Brees we have a job waiting for you in Kansas City – PLEASE COME – five years $125 million dollar deal….WE NEED YOU DREW…