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Lawsuit against Saints alleges Loomis tried to cover up thefts of Vicodin

As the New Orleans Saints continue to celebrate their first-ever Super Bowl win, they’re facing a challenge not on the field, but in a court of law.

And the lawsuit contains some strong allegations.

The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Geoffrey Santini, the team’s former Director of Security, claims that he was “constructively discharged” (i.e., compelled to quit) after G.M. Mickey Loomis allegedly attempted to cover up details relating to the theft of Vicodin tablets by two unnamed senior staff members.

The final straw apparently came when Loomis allegedly misrepresented to owner Tom Benson in August 2009 the fact that both of the unnamed employees who had been stealing the pills had medical reasons for taking Vicodin, a potent — and addictive — painkiller.  Santini alleges that only one of the two employees had a medical condition requiring the medication. 

After communicating his intent to resign, Santini allegedly told Loomis that “the continuing efforts to misrepresent the state of affairs concerning the distribution and the entire pattern of events . . . made it reasonably impossible for [Santini] to continue his employment with the Saints.”

The Saints reject Santini’s claims.  “A former employee who resigned just before the 2009 regular season
threatened to go public with these unfounded charges unless we agreed to
pay him an exorbitant sum of money,” Saints V.P.
of communications Greg Bensel told the Times-Picayune.  “We refused, and now he has gone
public.  We will aggressively defend these false allegations in court.”

Time will tell whether the allegations are indeed false.  At one point, federal authorities were advised of the Vicodin thefts.  It’s unknown whether and to what extent a criminal investigation occurred.  If it did, and if Santini’s allegations regarding Loomis are accurate, the investigation presumably would have explored his role in allegedly attempting to cover up the situation.

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36 Responses to “Lawsuit against Saints alleges Loomis tried to cover up thefts of Vicodin”
  1. polishkingski says: May 1, 2010 12:04 AM

    oh mr florio….you are so cute in your naivete. any seasoned partier knows vikes are a mild opiate buzz! still the feds are not down with illegal transactions of them. for instance, i do not know, but i would guess a tuff s.o.b like farve could choke down 20 or 30 in a day and feel like nothing even hit him. i love you mikey but stop be such a drama queen. p-s i wanna sniff pam olivers pantyhose.

  2. backuppunter says: May 1, 2010 12:06 AM

    vicadin junkie loosers heh heh heh

  3. Cannon says: May 1, 2010 12:10 AM

    This franchise is a joke

  4. Big BrEasy says: May 1, 2010 12:24 AM

    Are you kidding me???? Here all we were trying to do is make amends with Favre!! We gave him a beat down he has hoped he had never dreamed of and sent him into an “early” retirement!! We, the New Orleans Saints, felt it was only right to numb his ankle, or possibly ego, for some time…….

  5. se18a29 says: May 1, 2010 12:26 AM

    Meh… Vicodin is like candy.

  6. stadanko says: May 1, 2010 12:34 AM

    So he quit because he didn’t get a payoff. He wasn’t “discharged”. And that was before the 2009 regular season. And we don’t hear from this guy until after the Super Bowl winning season? Pretty convenient timing.

  7. BorisBulldog says: May 1, 2010 12:47 AM

    New Orleans is the most corrupt city north of Rio de Janero!
    How is this a story?

  8. Vet735 says: May 1, 2010 12:52 AM

    In other news, Loomis countersued on the grounds that Santini asked if Loomis’ mother was a prostitute.

  9. The Devil says: May 1, 2010 1:00 AM

    General Motors is lying to us
    General Motors did not payback the tarp funds as the commercial clearly states.
    They simply used additional tarp funds to payback the first Tarp loan
    GM is lying – buy ANYTHING BUT GM
    Get rid of GM – next thing you know the Government will MANDATE that you buy a GM car (we all remember thos faded 1980 paint jobs) just like the government recently MANDATED you to buy health care – and yes, they will tax you on healthcare your employer pays for you!!

  10. WHODAT says: May 1, 2010 1:17 AM

    Money hungry… Trying to make money on the SB Champs.
    What a fat piece of shit..

  11. cmb says: May 1, 2010 1:50 AM

    They said: “A former employee who resigned just before the 2009 regular season threatened to go public with these unfounded charges unless we agreed to pay him an exorbitant sum of money. We refused, and now he has gone public.”
    In other words: “His lawyer sent us a letter, as he is probably required to do, advising us of his client’s intention to bring claims against us, and inviting us to discuss a settlement to avoid litigating the case in courts that are open to the public, just as lawyers do all the time. This pre-complaint heads-up is often considered a courtesy, and some jurisdictions require it. We know this, because we are a reasonably sophisticated party and deal with lawyers every day. In fact, our lawyers have been known to send out threatening cease-and-desist letters threatening litigation and large damages about such things as the ownership of the trademarked phrase ‘Who dat?’ Threatening people selling t-shirts on the street is not extortion, of course, because we are an NFL franchise, and therefore, such as, likewise, go Saints. We also know that by filing a claim, by definition someone has “gone public,” since American courts are public institutions whose dockets are open to public view, and thus suggesting that Mr. Santini acted nefariously by “going public” is probably pretty absurd. None of that will stop us from disingenuously trying to set ourselves up as the victims of extortion, and we thank the members of the press that will report our statements without offering any context whatsoever.”

  12. NagaSwan says: May 1, 2010 2:32 AM

    Florio’s mom will turn a trick for you for one of those white tabs of goodness

  13. Neverforget21 says: May 1, 2010 2:48 AM

    lets see how many times Florio can say a form of “allegedly” in one article…

  14. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: May 1, 2010 3:00 AM

    Who still plays with Vicodin?
    O.C.80’s allll daaaaay

  15. Ilovefoolsball says: May 1, 2010 3:02 AM

    That’s it, that’s the end of the SAINTS. No more TWODAT or WHODAT!

  16. fellasheowed says: May 1, 2010 3:07 AM

    suspend the saints! allegations are proof enough!
    6 games at least!

  17. Route36West says: May 1, 2010 3:29 AM

    It doesnt matter if the guy had a medical condition or not it is still illegal. Just because I have a prescription for medication doesnt mean I can go steal everyone elses. Not for just the fact that its stealing either. You cant take another persons prescription period. Or steal for a medical center or doctor. Vicodin is a class B narcotic which carry the 2nd harshest drug sentences in USA only a class A is worse. Add in the theft and its serious trouble possibily 2nd and 3rd degree felonies.
    The guy covering it up could be in serious trouble to. He could be charged with obstruction of justice, accomplice after the fact, and if the courts really wanna screw him over distrubing narcotics for not reporting the drugs being stolen from his medical center. He would probably never be convicted of distrubing but they would use it as leverage so you will take a plea deal where they drop the distrubing charges if you plead guilty to the lesser charges. Anyone who doesnt believe that that does happen often, God Bless because you obviously have never put yourself in a situation where the courts try to use those tactics on you.
    I dont think anything will happen now because there probably isnt any evidence of the theft or the cover up. But if there is these guys will have alot of lawyer bills sent there way soon. I think the real trouble for Loomis and the Saints will come from the league if they feel they tried to hide something and in a civil suit by the guy who says he was forced out because of this.
    Either way it looks bad for Loomis. Its either gonna hurt his pocket, his job, and possibily his freedom.

  18. DanRooney says: May 1, 2010 3:46 AM

    Guilty. 2011’s first round pick should be taken away immediately and the entire team should be tested for this drug.
    The Saints first SB is already tainted.

  19. 55horses says: May 1, 2010 4:34 AM

    When did Vike O Din Queen Brett Favre get traded to the Saints?

  20. chicagosundevil says: May 1, 2010 6:38 AM

    It’s actually an interesting story. What are the processes and who has access to medical cabinets at team facilities?
    I would imagine that if Florio 360 did an investigative story, you would find a high number of football players being overprescribed pain killers from nearly 100% of the teams.

  21. GoBrowns19 says: May 1, 2010 7:31 AM

    Michael Myers requires lots of vicodin or he’ll kill people.

  22. drainthe;izard says: May 1, 2010 8:22 AM

    It was me. I took ’em.

  23. God's Own Silver and Blue says: May 1, 2010 8:45 AM

    Where was Brett Favre when all this Vicodin came up missing? Inquiring minds want to know!

  24. lvass76 says: May 1, 2010 8:46 AM

    As a lifelong Saints fan, the SB win was euphoric. But I fear a huge downfall is coming with the arrogance that appears to be taking hold. First, it’s some season ticket holders getting the boot for a new luxury booth, Brees on the cover of Madden (and we all know what happens to Madden cover boys), and now this. Now it looks like things may be returning to normal for our beloved franchise. I’m not looking forward to playing Tampa Bay now that they’ve drafted those two stud D-Tackles, McCoy and Price. SIGH…

  25. Hugh says: May 1, 2010 8:50 AM

    Stay classy, New Orleans.

  26. darth_vincent says: May 1, 2010 9:10 AM

    vicodin is a “controlled substance” meaning that the medical person in charge is the one responsible, every tablet has to be written down on who it went to, what time, what dose and the signature. It’s big trouble when your inventory doesn’t match the controlled substance log.
    it’s a 1970 federal law.
    but apparently based on the story, NFL Teams are exempt from this record keeping.

  27. myeaglescantwin says: May 1, 2010 9:20 AM

    I take a couple uppers
    i down a couple downers
    but nothing compares to these blue and yellow purple pills

  28. philwauke says: May 1, 2010 9:32 AM

    As a lifelong Saints fan, the SB win was euphoric. But I fear a huge downfall is coming with the arrogance that appears to be taking hold. First, it’s some season ticket holders getting the boot for a new luxury booth, Brees on the cover of Madden (and we all know what happens to Madden cover boys), and now this. Now it looks like things may be returning to normal for our beloved franchise. I’m not looking forward to playing Tampa Bay now that they’ve drafted those two stud D-Tackles, McCoy and Price. SIGH…
    You sound like a life long fan alright.

  29. NoKoolaidCowboy says: May 1, 2010 9:36 AM

    “…theft of Vicodin tablets by two unnamed senior staff members.”
    WHO DAT?

  30. Jaydub says: May 1, 2010 9:44 AM

    Someone will get paid. Nothing will happen.
    You’ll see for yourselves soon enough

  31. jgreen1570 says: May 1, 2010 10:11 AM

    The plan to replace those seats with luxury boxes was announced years ago, the saints have nothing to do with Brees being on the cover of Madden, and this is probably bs. And you’re not a Saints fan.

  32. Nola5712 says: May 1, 2010 10:39 AM

    Cannon – franchise is a joke huh?? whose your team??? you sound like a disgruntled (soon to be los angeles) ViQueens fan.
    DanRooney – our first superbowl victory is tainted??? how so??? we beat 3 hall of fame qb’s in a row (and when i say beat, i mean it), after going 13-3. DEFINITIVELY beating manning to seal the deal. you, as well as cannon sound like a disgruntled ViQueens fan.
    lvass76 – you’re no saints fan. saints fans have something you’re apparently NOT aware of and that is FAITH. go root for the faglanta sky chickens or something, we don’t need you.
    all i can do is laugh at all the viqueen fans still bitchin and moanin about LOSING the nfc champ game. GOD how i can’t wait to have the vikes WATCH US hang our SB champs banner when week 1 comes around.

  33. SayItAin'tSoFlorio says: May 1, 2010 12:03 PM

    Darth_Vincent: I assume you didn’t read the lawsuit. I don’t blame you, since you would have had to read the link in the newspaper article.
    The head trainer (Scottie Patton) is responsible for keeping records of all team drug transactions. He is the one who reported the missing Vicodin to Mr. Santini on April 28th (2009).

  34. darth_vincent says: May 1, 2010 12:59 PM

    OK say it aint so…. and the the New Orleans Saints did what?????????? Brett Favre went to drug-rehab to avoid any jail time. What did the Saints do???????

  35. SayItAin'tSoFlorio says: May 1, 2010 1:34 PM

    Darth: The Saints tried to cover it up by changing the log sheets for the drugs that were dispensed. The two staff members who were the users were not players, they were coaches (Sean Payton and Joe Vitt). The GM was aware of the entire situation and even instructed the Security Director to turn off the video cameras that recorded the transactions. The trainers and one of the team doctors were also involved in the cover-up. Of course, all of these things are “allegations”.
    If you have the time or the inclination, link to the lawsuit and read it. I think you’ll find it interesting.

  36. lvass76 says: May 1, 2010 5:07 PM

    I am too a lifelong Saints fan. I actually went to a game at the dome when Danny Wuerfell was playing. Arrrghhhh! But thanks for the info on the luxury suite. The lamestream media led people to believe this was new. Shoulda waited for FoxNews to report since their the only ones that tell the whole truth.
    Faglanta sky chickens? I thought you had to be at least 12 years old to comment here. So much for serious football discussion here. Rookie

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