As expected, Saints coach Sean Payton has issued a statement regarding the report that he is one of the two unnamed Saints employees implicated in the abuse and/or theft of Vicodin.
“I have reviewed Geoff Santini’s lawsuit and the unwarranted publicity it has received,” Payton says in a statement provided to us by the Saints. “I have never abused or stolen vicodin or any other medication and I fully support the Saints’ position in this matter as expressed by Greg Bensel yesterday.”
Payton’s statement neither admits nor denies that he is the unnamed “Senior Staff Member A” from the lawsuit filed by former director of security Geoffrey Santini.
As we have explained, “Senior Staff Member A” allegedly received a quantity of Vicodin suggesting abuse of the painkilling medication. Santini’s lawsuit does not specifically allege that “Senior Staff Member A” stole any pills.