A Lions fan who apparently thought he could stop his favorite team’s playoff loss to the Saints has admitted that he called the Superdome during the game and made a bomb threat.
The fan, 34-year-old Shawn Payton of Jackson, Michigan, called the Superdome during the game and asked the receptionist to pass along a threat to his namesake, Saints coach Sean Payton.
“I will blow up your building,” Shawn Payton said in his first call, according to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court Wednesday and obtained by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.
When that failed to get the game halted and the Saints built up their lead, he called a second time and asked for the Saints’ coach to be given his message.
“Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline. If your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper…severe consequences. OK?” Shawn Payton said in the second call, which law enforcement personnel recorded after being alerted to the first call.
In an interview with the Times-Picayune, Shawn Payton admitted making the calls.
“I’m scared,” he said. “I hope they realize that I didn’t mean it and that I’m taking steps to get counseling. . . . I don’t drink, and I don’t do drugs. From time to time, I do get frustrated and go off without meaning it. . . . I let some words fly out of my mouth, and I sincerely apologize. I will never ever, ever, ever do anything like that again.”
Shawn Payton is expected to appear in federal court on Monday.