We reported shortly after noon Saturday that coach Sean Payton and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt are the unnamed Saints employees to whom former director of security Geoffrey Santini’s lawsuit refers in connection with the alleged abuse and/or theft of Vicodin from the team drug locker.
Ordinarily, we’d have no problem with writers or (more often) editors pretending not to notice something we have reported. (After eight-plus years, we’ve sort of gotten numb to it.) In this case, however, we suspect that the Times-Picayune knew damn well that Payton and Vitt were “Senior Staff Member A” and “Senior Staff Member B,” respectively, but didn’t have the guts to go with it until after Payton issued a denial. (We’ll admit that we’re speculating on this specific point; if anyone from the Times-Pic wants to provide us with an official explanation regarding the reason for their decision not to credit us despite the fact that their report came four hours after ours, we’re all ears.)
Meanwhile, we’ve got to give credit where credit is due for, um, giving credit. ESPN.com has expressly acknowledged that Payton’s statement came in response to our report, an admirable gesture given that we’ve taken a few shots at the four-letter network lately.
Finally, to all of you who believed/hoped/prayed that we’d finally put ourselves in line for the kind of lawsuit that would shut us down permanently, do you really think we’re that stupid?
I mean, we’re stupid. But we’re not that stupid.
UPDATE: Well, getting credit from ESPN was fun while it lasted. The article has since been changed to credit the Associated Press for reporting that Payton is one of the unnamed Saints employees to whom Santini’s suit refers. And the Associated Press has never — and likely will never — acknowledge us, even though the Associated Press has always — and likely will always, use our rumors and/or reports as the starting point for its own reporting. Maybe it will change when someone who “gets it” and/or who “has a conscience” is calling the shots in that regard.