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Sean Payton talks about Vicodin case, but doesn't say much

NFL_payton1_250.jpgIn a minicamp press conference that touched on a variety of topics, Saints coach Sean Payton was asked more than a few questions regarding a subject about which he understandably doesn’t want to say much.

It’s been a week since his name came up in connection with the lawsuit filed by former Saints director of security Geoffrey Santini, who claims that he resigned after G.M. Mickey Loomis tried to cover up the abuse and/or theft of Vicodin by two unnamed senior staff members, who turned out to be Payton and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt. 

Last Saturday, Payton issued a statement denying any abuse or theft of Vicodin.  He has since said nothing publicly.

“I really can’t [talk about the case],” Payton said in comments distributed by the team.  “With respect to the process, that’s the position I’m in.  I understand the questions surrounding it, yet I’m not at liberty.  I think as time goes forward, we’ll know more and more.”

Of course, that didn’t stop the assembled media from asking him more questions about it.  (And we can dig it.)  
“I just think there needs to be steps and when you have a civil suit, those become probably more complicated,” Payton said in response to the question of when he possibly will talk about his side of the situation.  “Nonetheless, that’s the thing that’s challenging.”

Payton added that it hasn’t been a distraction.  “Fortunately most of the time and attention has been for us in this offseason in regards to workouts, the roster, the signings of guys like Jahri Evans and Darren Sharper and this camp, which is always the second weekend after the NFL draft,” Payton said.  “That’s where our focus is.”

Payton added that he has not addressed the situation with his players.  He was then asked to address with the media the perception that Vicodin is available “in a candy jar” for NFL players and coaches, Payton said, “I appreciate the question.  It would be wrong for me to try to paint any picture.  That would be inappropriate and it wouldn’t be a smart thing or really the right thing to do.”
 
Payton also declined to say anything on behalf of Vitt.  “It would be inappropriate for me to speak on anyone’s behalf,” Payton said.  “He’s someone I think a lot of and having hired him in our first year here, he has as much to do with this Super Bowl run that we had as anyone in this building.  But I don’t think that would be fair, nor would it be right or appropriate.”

Finally, Payton declined to comment on whether the situation could linger into the season.  But we’ll do it for him. 

Barring a settlement or a dismissal of the case in the short term, it definitely will linger into the season — and the questions far bigger than the civil lawsuit come from whether and to what extent the federal authorities put the squeeze on Vitt (and/or others) to find out how deep the rabbit hole does or doesn’t go, and if (or perhaps when) the league office decides to apply to the Saints one or more of the policies that presumably would apply with speed and certainty if the allegations involved not coaches and a General Manager but players.

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36 Responses to “Sean Payton talks about Vicodin case, but doesn't say much”
  1. tv says: May 8, 2010 5:39 PM

    I find it pretty hard to swallow that two NFL coaches are stealing and pushing vicodine. Although the national media has assumed this to be the case, this smells more and more like an attempted shakedown by a disgruntled former employee.

  2. jerryjonesftw says: May 8, 2010 5:48 PM

    Brett Favre is working out a deal to play for New Orleans and trade Drew Brees to Minnesota for 1 season so he can score some of Payton’s Vicodin

  3. Deb says: May 8, 2010 5:56 PM

    Oh for Pete’s sake, let them enjoy their Super Bowl victory and leave them alone. If there’s evidence of criminal wrongdoing, let the authorities pursue it. Until then, it’s a disgruntled former employee chasing a buck.

  4. cunn9305 says: May 8, 2010 5:58 PM

    Media scum … always looking for an angle with their high and mighty attitude … look in the mirror …

  5. polishkingski says: May 8, 2010 6:00 PM

    if this stuff is true and i think the dude initiating the claim seems pretty smart, then whats gonna happen? what if they had tape of a player taking candy from the candy jar without authorization? i got a feeling this is gonna get ugly. personally i could give a rats ass that it occurred but you gotta be fair right? the saints wait all this time for a championship and now this. wow, just wow.

  6. Fan of Football says: May 8, 2010 6:05 PM

    Not only in Payton a Vicoden addict, but he uses criminal behavior and extortion to score it. Not going to be a good year for the Saints.

  7. SF Saints Fan says: May 8, 2010 6:06 PM

    Florio, once again a story with nothing new in it.
    Be a lawyer for once, Payton cannot talk about this case and you know it. It is up to the lawyers now.
    According to the allegations of Santini, the Feds have known about this for over nine months (US Attorneys Office and the DEA) and as far as we know nothing has come from their investigation. NFL Security has also known about this for over nine months and the league has said nothing about it.
    Maybe there is no fire, just a little bit of smoke. Where is Ricky Williams when you need him?

  8. Wukong says: May 8, 2010 6:10 PM

    Still nothing to convince me that this is anything more than a money grab from a rent-a-cop.

  9. stadanko says: May 8, 2010 6:13 PM

    “Sean Payton talks about Vicodin case, but doesn’t say much”
    So your saying he has a job at PFT after football?

  10. Drat says: May 8, 2010 6:14 PM

    So hypocritical of the NFL, the Saints, the legal system. Obviously booze causes thousands of more deaths, thousands of more addicts, thousands of more broken families, thousands of more arrests and abuse cases, thousands of traffic deaths, hundreds of more murders, than Vicodin. (are those data national?, state?, or city?…. not sure! You pick!) Now i’m upset and depressed. Vicodin is really nice, but I think I’ll have a beer instead, or beers. Or beeeeers.

  11. SonOfNOLA says: May 8, 2010 6:17 PM

    Fan of Football says:
    May 8, 2010 6:05 PM
    Not only in Payton a Vicoden addict, but he uses criminal behavior and extortion to score it. Not going to be a good year for the Saints.
    I know, it’s going to be a great year instead. Get a f****** life douche, grow up, and get off Payton’s nuts.

  12. HgMeng says: May 8, 2010 6:23 PM

    I think it would be inappropriate to steal vicoden. I also think it is not fair this man was fired for your behavior. I understand you are a scumbag and a drug addict. Unfortunatley, I can’t say anything more at this time.

  13. steely devil hab says: May 8, 2010 6:24 PM

    It was also reported that the Saints were NOT looking at signing all-time bust, Jamarcus Russell. JR is originally from Louisiana so it was thought that ‘coming home’ might have been the right thing to do (I guess so he could get some of that ‘home cooking’ that helps to keep him slim and trim).
    Oh well, 2 down and 30 to go, til he can officially retire and eat himself into diabetes…

  14. realityonetwo says: May 8, 2010 6:43 PM

    The head coach of the Super Bowl champion is HOOKED ON DRUGS. Let that sink in, football fans…

  15. Who is Mike Jones says: May 8, 2010 6:50 PM

    Fan of Football- It’s impressive that you can use big words like extortion, but you can’t write a complete sentence. If your QB has stayed off of Vicodin since his last trip to rehab, he’ll relapse after another beating in week 1.

  16. fan55 says: May 8, 2010 7:09 PM

    Mr. Florio,
    You got a lot of guts keeping the pressure on Payton like this. Aren’t you afraid of what he might do to you?

  17. Fan of Football says: May 8, 2010 7:37 PM

    LOL @ Aint’s fans using an incident from the early 90s to try to excuse Payton’s criminal behavior. That just wreaks of desperation.

  18. Kay Bee says: May 8, 2010 7:50 PM

    It was also reported that the Saints were NOT looking at signing all-time bust, Jamarcus Russell. JR is originally from Louisiana so it was thought that ‘coming home’ might have been the right thing to do (I guess so he could get some of that ‘home cooking’ that helps to keep him slim and trim).
    ————————————————–
    JaMarcus Russell is from Mobile, Alabama originally.

  19. Drat says: May 8, 2010 8:08 PM

    If Payton were an addict, he wouldn’t be winning Superbowls.
    That would be like you doofs out there saying if you didn’t drink beer, you could get off bathroom duty. But you know, you just can’t quit those beers, and you know, those toilet scrubs are gonna continue.

  20. KaiserSoze says: May 8, 2010 8:11 PM

    tv says: May 8, 2010 5:39 PM
    “I find it pretty hard to swallow that two NFL coaches are stealing and pushing vicodine.”
    So does most everybody else.
    But Florio makes his living trying to get as many people as possible to believe otherwise.
    You know how lawyers (even make-believe ones) are, they’re professional liars.

  21. steely devil hab says: May 8, 2010 8:22 PM

    was also reported that the Saints were NOT looking at signing all-time bust, Jamarcus Russell. JR is originally from Louisiana so it was thought that ‘coming home’ might have been the right thing to do (I guess so he could get some of that ‘home cooking’ that helps to keep him slim and trim).
    ————————————————–
    JaMarcus Russell is from Mobile, Alabama originally.
    ————————————————–
    I stand corrected – he went to school there…

  22. joelvis72 says: May 8, 2010 8:29 PM

    Lincoln supposedly said of rumors of Gen. Grant being drunk that he would like to find out his brand of liquor so he could send some to his other generals.
    Fan of Football and the rest of the chumps calling them the “Aints” can suck it.

  23. Fan of Football says: May 8, 2010 8:44 PM

    “If Payton were an addict, he wouldn’t be winning Superbowls”
    That’s great, because he hasn’t been winning “Superbowls”. He’s won A “Superbowl”. (with a lot of help from the refs)

  24. DanRooney says: May 8, 2010 8:47 PM

    Guilty.
    Wonder how long it’s gonna take for the commish to hand down a suspension. 4-6 games?

  25. Krow says: May 8, 2010 9:07 PM

    Sounding guilty there Payton.

  26. Mrsteve says: May 8, 2010 9:22 PM

    Really who gives a turkey
    Explains why he looks so wasted all the time
    I think the refs in the NFC Champ were snorting his supply
    Bottom line, he coached his team to a SB win
    Imagine how good he can be sober

  27. Deb says: May 8, 2010 9:30 PM

    Fan of Football, I know you! Met a whole bunch of guys just like you on the Roethlisberger threads. They were fans of the Bengals, Browns, Seahawks, Cardinals, and Ravens.
    It’s amazing how losing a football game suddenly turns dimwits into crystal balls that can discern guilt without having to wait for evidence.
    Funny, even if they were Vicodin addicts, they’d still be better people than the tiny little souls who rejoice in others’ real-life miseries because they’re not man enough to take losing a football game.

  28. DieHardSkinsFan21 says: May 8, 2010 10:16 PM

    SP a vicodin junkie? Thats some funny S. I wonder how many games he will get?

  29. realityonetwo says: May 8, 2010 10:30 PM

    Guilty.

  30. Who is Mike Jones says: May 8, 2010 11:00 PM

    Thanks Deb for setting the record straight on Fan of Football!
    Fan of Football thinks he’s a tough guy making a mockery of New Orleans Residence who lost loved ones and struggled with a horrific nightmare and critically proclaiming his ignorance to everyone on PFT, a non football matter like Katrina, which destroyed thousands of lives. You’re simply a low life with a keyboard and mouse.
    Hey Fan of Football, take your little keyboard and little mouse and google “Minnesota Vikings in Rehab,” and guess what populates? Brett Favre, your QB! Your QB has been to rehab for Vicodin more than Lindsay Lohan and Robert Downey Jr combined. “Brett Favre – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    In May 1996, he went into treatment and remained in rehabilitation for 46 days. ….. Favre officially signed with the Minnesota Vikings on August 18, 2009. …
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brett_Favre – Cached – Similar”
    Your team signs vicodin addicts!
    Regards,
    New Orleans Residence
    P.S. Your team is set for another beat down including your vic’ed out QB Favre.

  31. Mason222 says: May 8, 2010 11:09 PM

    Lets be Honest The Saints are still the Aints, they cheated and played dirtier than the Raiders, they have no class and now a Head Coach that lies about a Federal Crime. They are the poorest example of an NFL SuperBowl contender in 43 years. Yes Contender because everyone knows that the result of the NFC Chmponship Game was Doctored to get them in the SuperBowl. The very Fact that after 5 turnovers and 3 flagrant bad calls the Vikings still had to pretend to throw an interception to help the City out was pitiful, This year Vikes are undefeated and have a viscious march to the Post Season.

  32. cunn9305 says: May 8, 2010 11:19 PM

    If there really was a problem Goodell would be all over it … and he is nowhere in site on this one …

  33. caleb22 says: May 9, 2010 12:07 AM

    “Barring a settlement or a dismissal of the case in the short term, it definitely will linger into the season — and the questions far bigger than the civil lawsuit come from whether and to what extent the federal authorities put the squeeze on Vitt (and/or others) to find out how deep the rabbit hole does or doesn’t go, and if (or perhaps when) the league office decides to apply to the Saints one or more of the policies that presumably would apply with speed and certainty if the allegations involved not coaches and a General Manager but players.”
    Longest…..Sentence…..Ever!

  34. Kay Bee says: May 9, 2010 3:01 AM

    Mason222 says:
    May 8, 2010 11:09 PM
    Lets be Honest The Saints are still the Aints, they cheated and played dirtier than the Raiders, they have no class and now a Head Coach that lies about a Federal Crime. They are the poorest example of an NFL SuperBowl contender in 43 years. Yes Contender because everyone knows that the result of the NFC Chmponship Game was Doctored to get them in the SuperBowl. The very Fact that after 5 turnovers and 3 flagrant bad calls the Vikings still had to pretend to throw an interception to help the City out was pitiful, This year Vikes are undefeated and have a viscious march to the Post Season.
    ————————————————-
    Are you retarded? Wait…don’t answer that.

  35. Fire Ted says: May 9, 2010 9:38 AM

    Fan of Football, in case you missed it, Deb just kicked your ass. Nicely done, Deb.

  36. Auz says: May 9, 2010 9:52 AM

    Even if he is abusing the drug/medicine, he shouldn’t be hung for it. It doesn’t change the fact that he is one hell of a x’s and o’s football coach with one hell of a football team. If there was theft going on, then that is another issue. Abuse of a drug doesn’t make him a bad person or a bad x’s and o’s coach. If the abuse of a drug allegations are true then that might not be very impressionable to younger fans or young football players, but there are things going on around the league that we should be more worried about. Those people that are going to punish the fans by stopping the “show” in 2011 are the real criminals here (yes, that includes some greedy players).

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