Saints acknowledge Travis Jones guilty plea

The New Orleans Saints have provided us with a statement in response to the decision by assistant defensive line coach Travis Jones to plead guilty to federal conspiracy charges in relation to two fraudulent loan applications filed by Jones, from which he gained more than $80,000 (possibly exceeding the entire lifetime profit realized by Mike Vick via dogfighting).

“We are aware of the situation with Travis,” team spokesman Greg Bensel said via e-mail retrieved by my Sprint Blackberry Tour despite currently being in the middle of nowhere, catching fish (five and counting) and listening to Johnny Cash sing about trains and inmates.  “He has communicated to Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton throughout the process.  We don’t have any further comment from the club, as beyond this comment, this is a personal matter relative to Travis and his case.”

We’ve sent a request for comment to the league office, but we’ve yet to receive a response.

Jones changed his plea from not guilty to guilty in the hopes of avoiding jail time.  Whether he does remains to be seen.  It also remains to be seen whether the NFL imposes any discipline before Jones receives word as to his sentence.

The fact that the league has taken no action despite Jones’ indictment on federal charges and guilty plea to the same serves only to bolster the perception of a double standard.  The truth could be that the league moves more quickly and decisively based on media coverage.  Cases with a higher profile tend to land on the league’s radar screen more quickly. 

Though Jones may eventually face punishment under the Personal Conduct Policy, the mere fact that the league didn’t pounce on Jones upon indictment on federal charges suggests that two standards indeed apply.  But the dividing line may not fall between player and non-player.  The more likely separation applies to celebrities and average Joes, with the big-name player putting the league in a much more public predicament — and in turn triggering a much swifter sanction.

14 responses to “Saints acknowledge Travis Jones guilty plea

  1. someone from the league office was quoted as saying:
    “aw christ, what does that little bitch Florio want now? the Vikings lost, i wish he would just get over it…”

  2. “…despite currently being in the middle of nowhere, catching fish (five and counting)…”
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    And they are ALL at least THIS big (holding hands shoulder-width apart)!
    Now, be careful, Mike. Don’t fall in!
    There are laws on the books about littering/fouling waterways, you know!
    Kidding, natch!

  3. Roger Goodell was quoted as saying: “We are aware of the heavy handed media coverage brought forth by Mike Florio on PFT. We are looking into his allegations that the Saints, the NFL referees and God have all conspired to take away the NFC Championship game victory away from the Vikings leading to his constant bashing of the NFL franchise in New Orleans and it’s players.”

  4. And what does this have to do with sports, more specifically, football?
    Just more hate & venem being spewed by a man obsessed with a pathological (and very strange)personal fixation on the New Orleans Saints.
    On a related note, during the plea bargain, the low level assistant coach in question was quoted as saying,
    “It’s the referee’s fault! – Wahh, Wahh, Wahh – Boo Hoo Hoo”.

  5. Stay classy saints. Congrats, you got your win, now go ahead act like the criminal cowboys.
    Have fun with the oil and thunderstorm that’s headed your way. You deserve it.

  6. Can’t wait for Florio to post that the Saints were selected as the top franchise in sports by ESPN… Oh wait, it’s Florio. He only posts everything negative he can find about the Saints.

  7. Primetime17 says:
    June 30, 2010 3:29 PM
    Stay classy saints. Congrats, you got your win, now go ahead act like the criminal cowboys.
    Have fun with the oil and thunderstorm that’s headed your way. You deserve it.
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    criminal Cowboys? you idiot. the guy commits a crime while a member of the Dolphins, gets hired by the Saints, and then pleads guilty.
    meanwhile, Florio gets to drag the “despicable” Saints’ name through the mud AGAIN.
    the headline says that the Saints acknowledge the guilty plea. big freakin deal. they said, “yes, we know about it.” that’s certainly worthy of a headline, right?
    the article is just soap box for Florio to go on about the unfair treatment of players vs non players in the league. and he still gets to imply that the terrible Saints are up to no good again, when in reality they’ve done nothing wrong.
    and then morons like yourself preach about “class” while wishing destruction. good one.
    lemme guess… Vikings fan. c’mon down for the opening game. we’ll show you what class is. you’ll have the time of your life, win or lose. then you’ll wonder why you’ve been such a petty little person all your life.
    ps. you’ll lose.

  8. Primetime = another pathological hater with a personal obssession with the New Orleans Saints.
    What kind of sicko wishes ecological disasters on the United States, and hurricanes damage to befall his fellow Americans – over a football game!!??

  9. criminal Cowboys? you idiot. the guy commits a crime while a member of the Dolphins, gets hired by the Saints, and then pleads guilty.
    Sorry you are trapped in your own little world, but the cowboys have had a history of having criminals. It’s been amplified since their string of super bowl victories. I know the story, and I realize that he was a member of the Dolphins when this took place. Now all the saints criminals are coming to light. Nobody cared when they had bags on their heads.
    P.S. idiot? I feel so bad you had to resort to name calling. I hope you feel better now.
    another pathological hater with a personal obssession with the New Orleans Saints.
    I’m the pathological hater? Read most of the posts on here, and you’ll see the saints fans have just become creeps. I once felt bad for them when they were the doormat of the NFL for decades. I felt bad for their fans wearing bags over their heads. Now they are acting like jerks.
    I’ll admit I went overboard by what I said and for that I apologize, I wish no ill will toward my fellow americans.

  10. Primetime17 says:
    June 30, 2010 3:29 PM
    Stay classy saints. Congrats, you got your win, now go ahead act like the criminal cowboys.
    Have fun with the oil and thunderstorm that’s headed your way. You deserve it.
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    Classless comment.

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