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Santini says Mickey Loomis was protecting Sean Payton

In his first interview regarding a lawsuit filed against the Saints, former team director of security Geoffrey Santini summarized the gist of his claims:  G.M. Mickey Loomis was trying to cover for coach Sean Payton.

Santini tells USA Today that he came to this conclusion when Loomis told owner Tom Benson that both of the “senior staff members” who were potentially abusing and/or stealing Vicodin had medical conditions that justified taking the drug, even though Payton allegedly didn’t.

He was protecting Payton,” Santini said. “That day pretty much ended it
for me.”

Santini also confirmed what we and others have reported — that Payton and Joe Vitt are the two unnamed employees in the lawsuit.

And amid suggestions that Santini’s lawsuit amounts to extortion (as we’ve previously explained, it doesn’t), Santini was blunt regarding his motivation.  “I was witnessing crimes, and I wasn’t going to stand for that,” Santini
said.  “I did everything I could to save the people that were involved,
but it just didn’t go that way.  Mickey didn’t let it.”

Santini also said he has no “ill will” against the team, and that his goal was to “save” the team from itself with respect to the temptation to cover up the Vicodin issue.

We suspect that Santini also was concerned about saving himself, and rightfully so.  He spent 30 years with the FBI, and he would have been a target if there had been any evidence that he was involved in covering up possible evidence of criminal conduct.

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37 Responses to “Santini says Mickey Loomis was protecting Sean Payton”
  1. Love_Boat_Scandal says: May 12, 2010 9:01 AM

    “This is not Detroit, man! This is the Super Bowl!”
    No–doesn’t have anything to do with this story. I just love that quote.

  2. Hugh says: May 12, 2010 9:19 AM

    I sure everyone but the Saints homers knew Loomis was protecting Payton.
    Stay classy New Orleans.

  3. RayDaMayor says: May 12, 2010 9:24 AM

    Nooooo…Santini doesn’t want a payoff….and bullshit walks.
    Otherwise this idoit would keep his mouth shut and let the justice system do its thing.

  4. Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 12, 2010 9:25 AM

    Love Boat Scandal
    Starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre.
    no– doesn’t have anything to do with this story. I just love reminding you.

  5. navigator322 says: May 12, 2010 9:29 AM

    The only way to save the Saints organization was to file a civil suit? Right…. Asking for 2 million dollars before filing to make all the evidence go away proves this guy really cared about laws being broken
    Whatever happened to reporting the theft of a controlled substance to the proper authorities. NOPD, DEA. Oh yeah, he did contact the DEA in June and provided evidence. They are covering for Sean Payton also I guess.
    This guy is a POS!!!!

  6. Krow says: May 12, 2010 9:31 AM

    ‘Junkie Coach’. This could be a great title to one of those after school specials.

  7. SlickWillyBelichick says: May 12, 2010 9:32 AM

    Why wouldn’t he?

  8. onesweetworld says: May 12, 2010 9:33 AM

    Give a girl a vicodin, then get her drunk down in the french quarter and watch the boobies fly

  9. pft rocks says: May 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    Hey Mickey, just call Polian and see what he does to protect Irsay.

  10. Nevisyakker says: May 12, 2010 9:34 AM

    Let’s see, Cushing was stripped of his ROY award for taking a banned substance. Does this mean that a team whose highest level people are caught stealing and taking an illegally obtained drug should be stripped of their recent awards?
    Does this mean that Indy is now the 2010 Super Bowl champ by default and by league logic?

  11. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: May 12, 2010 9:35 AM

    # Profanity in ALL CAPS says: May 12, 2010 9:25 AM
    Love Boat Scandal
    Starting quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre.
    no– doesn’t have anything to do with this story. I just love reminding you.
    ———
    Why would reminding him of that do anything to upset him? I don’t get it. You surely aren’t suggesting that he would rather have Favre than Rodgers, are you? That would be crazy talk!
    If anything, he should be reminding you. As a Viking fan, you have to tuck your tail in between your leg and support the guy you hated for so many years, while convincing everyone who will listen that you “always respected him”, even though most called him an overrated INT throwing bum.

  12. ZingZang says: May 12, 2010 9:38 AM

    Why would Santini need to protect himself from an alleged cover-up when he had already reported (with Loomis’ blessing) what he knew to the US Attorney?
    Read the lawsuit Florio.
    Wearing a wire to protect himself only makes sense BEFORE the team had reported anything to the league and/or cops, not afterwards.
    Doing it afterwards suggests he was only trying to get paid.

  13. NCRaiderDon says: May 12, 2010 9:42 AM

    I guess Santini couldn’t get a payoff, so he blew the whistle!
    JaMarcus clears waivers, and nobody wants him!
    No, doesn’t have anything to do with the story. I just love saying it!

  14. cbatchel says: May 12, 2010 9:54 AM

    Payton is a Pill Head, LMFAO, to funny! Damn Junkies.

  15. jgreen1570 says: May 12, 2010 9:55 AM

    He just wanted to protect himself, so he turned over evidence to the US attorney’s office. Ok, that follows. Makes sense. He did not want to get in trouble, so he reported the “crimes” he saw to the authorities.
    And then filed suit against the Saints and aired all the dirty laundry because they would not settle with him. OK, now where is he protecting himself here? He quit his job despite already having covered his butt, but he still wants to be paid for doing that job. Why not just go get a new job and maintain your dignity?

  16. DCViking says: May 12, 2010 9:57 AM

    even though most called him an overrated INT throwing bum.
    —————————————————
    What does Jay Cutler have to do with this???

  17. nps6724 says: May 12, 2010 10:03 AM

    “Let’s see, Cushing was stripped of his ROY award for taking a banned substance. Does this mean that a team whose highest level people are caught stealing and taking an illegally obtained drug should be stripped of their recent awards?”
    A) Cushing hasn’t been stripped of his award. It’s basically a recount due to new info.
    B) The NFL can’t strip Cushing of the award even if they wanted to. It’s awarded by the AP.
    C) Cushing took an illegal PED that is against league rules and it actually bars him from winning any awards in 2010. This doesn’t apply to the current case.
    D) The Super Bowl isn’t an award.

  18. laxcoach says: May 12, 2010 10:19 AM

    Once Santini reports an inhouse crime, he is radioactive for any other team that needs a director of security.
    The reason for the $ is because he can no longer be employed because of the actions of employees sanctioned by the employer.
    If you had something happen at your office that caused you to be unemployable, through no fault of your own, you would want compensation for it too…. at least you would once you lose your house.
    Think about it. Where can he make more money than he is in the NFL? Where can he even come close? Now, will any player, coach, or exec on any team want to relay ANYTHING to him ever again? No. They’ll be scared sh-tless he’ll turn them over to the authorities.

  19. artielange says: May 12, 2010 10:21 AM

    This asswipe wouldn’t stand by and let laws be broken……….unless the team paid him hush money to keep it quiet. What an upstanding guy!
    Gotta love how he keeps throwing Payton’s name out there when, in actuality, he’s barely mentioned in the lawsuit.

  20. nps6724 says: May 12, 2010 10:37 AM

    “Think about it. Where can he make more money than he is in the NFL? Where can he even come close? Now, will any player, coach, or exec on any team want to relay ANYTHING to him ever again? No. They’ll be scared sh-tless he’ll turn them over to the authorities.”
    He can get a job with a non-NFL entity. It won’t pay nearly as well, but that comes with the territory of exposing anything.

  21. Brewster says: May 12, 2010 10:52 AM

    @laxcoach
    Your explanation is 100% on target.
    Apparently many commentors who suggest Santini is a scumbag are unaware of the intracricis of obtaining employment at this level in a highly controlled environment like the NFL.
    And perhaps he had a contract that ran 1-2 more years that he forfeited income from to resign.
    Based on what info I’ve read he was in a tough spot, participate in a coverup or do what he did.

  22. ethan robert says: May 12, 2010 10:52 AM

    Santini was working for the Saints as a PRIVATE security employee. He was not there as a law enforcement officer. His duty and jurisdiction ended with the reporting of the matter to his employer. That is why companies hire security, to control in house activity. His “high moral stand” is just what it is. A cash grab for his golden years.

  23. nps6724 says: May 12, 2010 11:01 AM

    “And perhaps he had a contract that ran 1-2 more years that he forfeited income from to resign.
    Based on what info I’ve read he was in a tough spot, participate in a coverup or do what he did.”
    And doing what he did, i.e. resigning as opposed to being fired, forfeited any claim he had to any contract or future money he could’ve made. In most situations, you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If you want to take the “moral high ground”, you usually hurt yourself in some aspect (for Santini, it was monetarily). But since he resigned on his own instead of being fired, his loss of money is his own fault.
    If you quit your job because your employer does something you don’t like, you don’t get anymore money. It’s not a difficult concept. He would have a much better case if he had been fired.

  24. laxcoach says: May 12, 2010 11:02 AM

    ethan…. if the authorities find out about a crime, and find out about your involvement (whether direct or indirect) you are an accessory that can be charged with the crime.
    As a former FBI agent, Santini knew his personal liability in this regard. In fact, Santini would be the perfect target to flip with threats of jail time.
    Your assertion is like saying the bubble around the Saint’s facility is a separate country. It’s not.
    nps6724, so you think if you expose your company officials committing a crime, you deserve a pay cut too? That is pretty much the opposite of the intent of whistleblower laws.

  25. Thorpie says: May 12, 2010 11:05 AM

    The guy is a greedy douchebag, trying to sound like he puts the law above all else. His actions paint the true picture of his intentions. If the team had paid his initial request, he would have kept quiet. Yeah, he’s a real super hero.

  26. dafish says: May 12, 2010 11:07 AM

    You know, I don’t have a dog in the fight, but one must wonder if this guy asked the Saints for $2 million to cover up the Vicodin issue, how many times during his FBI career did he make similar offers to make things go away? Could he have compromised national security?
    As far as being radioactive for future jobs, why then only $2 million? I imagine as director of security for an NFL team, he made a healthy six figures easy plus the perks and bennies of association with an NFL team, not to mention his Federal Govt. retirement. Seems to me he would have a lifestyle where $2 million would not last longer than 5-7 years max.

  27. ethan robert says: May 12, 2010 11:10 AM

    Goddamn Italians.

  28. The Real Shuxion says: May 12, 2010 11:11 AM

    # onesweetworld says: May 12, 2010 9:33 AM
    Give a girl a vicodin, then get her drunk down in the french quarter and watch the boobies fly
    ——————————————————
    Hmmmm…..
    /Grabs vicodin from medicine cabinet.
    /books flight to NO
    /Grabs Camera

  29. KingOkra says: May 12, 2010 11:34 AM

    Here’s some clarification for those idiots calling Payton a junkie and pill-head. Just how much of a loser is the coach of your pathetic team when a “junkie” and “pill head” out-coaches, out-smarts, and just plain kicks the crap out of your worthless team? I mean, that’s really sad. If a guy supposedly high on narcotics can do that, what does that say about the skill level and performance of your team’s coaching staff? You and your team are a joke, but nobody is laughing. They’re feeling sorry for your pitiful existence and petty jealousies. I hope you get the help you need to turn your miserable lives around. Oh, and by the way, the New Orleans Saints are reiging Super Bowl and World Champions and your team is not. That’s friggin cool!

  30. nps6724 says: May 12, 2010 11:39 AM

    “nps6724, so you think if you expose your company officials committing a crime, you deserve a pay cut too? That is pretty much the opposite of the intent of whistleblower laws.”
    He didn’t get a paycut; he quit of his own volition.

  31. coldlite says: May 12, 2010 11:56 AM

    Okay, this article is just out and out biased in favor of Santini. How can you say he was looking out for himself in that he didn’t want to be exposed to criminal charges, when he offered to keep quiet for two million dollars!! Come on, this is a dressing down. Santini didn’t file a complaint with the local Sheriff alleging a crime had been committed; instead said for two million dollars we can keep this between us girls.
    Man, not the kind of reporting you guys normally do!

  32. texasPHINSfan says: May 12, 2010 12:19 PM

    “Santini also said he has no “ill will” against the team, and that his goal was to “save” the team from itself with respect to the temptation to cover up the Vicodin issue.”
    Bullcrap.
    I don’t like this Santini guy. If you’re just trying to protect the team and have no “ill will”, you don’t sue them for millions over something that has nothing to do with you. When I have no “ill will”, i frequently do not sue people.

  33. Slow Joe says: May 12, 2010 1:21 PM

    With a name like Santini, I’m surprised Loomis didn’t wake up one morning next to the bloody head of his prized horse.

  34. shallowfan says: May 12, 2010 1:50 PM

    Like others have said…I don’t understand how Santini was just covering himself and wouldn’t stand by while laws were being broken, when if the team paid him in the beginning “a sum lower than 2 million” he would’ve signed something that said he would just go away and never speak about it again. Sounds like he would’ve gladly done that, truth and justice be damned!
    I don’t care that you want the money, but don’t act like you wanted to do the right thing. Just because he didn’t break the news during the super bowl doesn’t mean he didn’t think about it and then made a wise choice because there would be plenty of backlash from the team and the public then. Now he looks like the good guy.

  35. texasPHINSfan says: May 12, 2010 4:10 PM

    Extortion, plain and simple.
    call a spade a spade!

  36. Wukong says: May 12, 2010 4:51 PM

    He wants to “save the team”. Right. What BS. Total money grab. Don’t care if he was an FBI agent (that means nothing. That plays employs so many buffoons it’s not even funny). He’s making a cash grab. Until he puts forward real evidence, stop reporting about this non-story.

  37. Bious says: May 12, 2010 7:22 PM

    The guy wanted something and it shows.
    If he really cared about the Saints, he would have dealt with this publicly and there are MANY other ways to get this fixed without going public
    I dont buy that he was just doing what he thought was right crap….garbage….he wanted something and didnt get it…MONEY

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