In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Reggie Bush laudably embraced New Orleans, donating plenty of money and time to recovery efforts.
That doesn’t mean he initially wanted any part of the Crescent City.
In Sean Payton’s newly released memoir Home Team, the Saints coach passes along the story of Bush’s marketing agent, Mike Ornstein, telling Payton not to draft Bush in 2006
because, “This kid doesn’t want to come there.”
Payton’s priceless response: “[Expletive] you.”
[In the meantime, Ornstein parted ways with Bush and became close with Payton. He’s now helping to pimp the book. Which is perhaps why Payton felt comfortable sharing the story.]
That quote is one of ten that the New Orleans Times-Picayune pulled from the book. Payton apparently does a mean Bill Belichick imitation and had the following to say about his decision to sit his starters in Week Seventeen last year: “What if we get our ass beat?”
This sounds like one of the rare hastily composed post-championship books that are actually worth a read.