Lions fan admits making Superdome bomb threat

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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.

77 responses to “Lions fan admits making Superdome bomb threat

  1. Shawn Payton (lol) hope you realize… that SH-T JUST GOT REAL. They should do the same that made death threats to Kyle Williams.

  2. Someone should hook him up with that cheeser chick who believes the Pack lost to the Giants because she wore her sparkly nail polish.

  3. Shawn Payton.

    Really? Not even a mention or perhaps a weak pun about him being named um…. Shawn Payton?

    I know this is a serious issue, but……HE HAS THE SAME FREAKIN NAME AS THE COACH OF THE SAINTS!

    Sorry, couldn’t help myself.

  4. “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.
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    At least if you were drunk or high you’d have somewhat of an excuse.

    Nope, you’re just as dumb as they come.

  5. Getting frustrated and not meaning it is when you yell at the TV or your wife when your team is losing. Being crazy is looking up the number to the SuperDome and calling — not ONCE, but TWICE to phone in a threat.

    And I don’t know if anyone else thought it was funny the dude got hung up on the word: “Repercussions” and made the quick switch to “severe consequences” OK, just me? Nevermind then.

  6. Some peoples kids! This guy thinks that begging is gonna get him off the hook? Give me a break! People like this guy give us legitimate/sane fans a bad name. Its a GAME dummy!

  7. As a Niners fan, I thought our fans were stupid and pathetic to threaten Williams…leave it up to lions fans to out do us. They threaten the whole opposing team, their OWN team…and thousands of innocent people.

  8. Smh. If he’s a true Lions fan why didnt he try this when they were going 0-16?

    Then again these are Lions fans. They don’t know any better.

  9. ninerboi says: Jan 28, 2012 2:14 PM

    As a Niners fan, I thought our fans were stupid and pathetic to threaten Williams…leave it up to lions fans to out do us. They threaten the whole opposing team, their OWN team…and thousands of innocent people.
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    Did every Lion fan call in and report a bomb threat? NO. Don’t let one person’s action’s influence your opinions of that teams fan base. All teams have some stupid fans like this, not just the Lions.

  10. Stay classy, Lions fans. That’s why you can’t have nice things. Get a taste of the playoffs, and the fans act a fool.

  11. Call once and you could possibly get a little sympathy with saying you lost your cool or whatever…Wouldn’t have got any from me, but maybe someone.

    Call TWICE, and you’re an idiot. And you were scared? How about the receptionist? Tool.

  12. …probably would have a better argument if he DID drink and do drugs – I’m sure people who fight the war on terror every day will buy his story – if not, maybe his cellmate will…

  13. Drew Brees threw up some real bombs that game…no threat

    What bombs? All I remember seeing is Drew Brees’ dinking and dunking down the field.

  14. For all the misleading headlines I’ve read on this site, this one couldn’t have simply said, “Shawn Payton Threatens to Blow Up the Superdome”.

  15. “From time to time, I do get frustrated and go off without meaning it. . . . I let some words fly out of my mouth…” -N. Suh

  16. Ok first off every state and region has crazy people who follow the local NFL team. I think we can all agree on that.

    Since we are past the generalizations and nobody was hurt, I think this is actually one of the more humorous stories I have seen on PFT in awhile. Not depressing, because I already knew there are plenty of crazies running wild and free. Just funny.

  17. Those of you who are wishing this guy the worst in prison, or more explicitly, getting raped in prison, should take heed of good old karma.

    Hope none of you have daughters. I’m laughing at your sudden realization of what that means right now.

  18. “I will never ever, ever, ever do anything like that again.”
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    Certainly won’t. It’s hard to phone in threats from a federal prison.

  19. It wasn’t “Shawn Payton”. It was actually Dave Coulier from “Full House” (check the first PFT link).

    I wondered what this guy was up to these days.

  20. Gee,what is the going prison term these days for acts of terrorism such as this dummy committed,we will soon find out but I would guess the judge isnt going to show any leniency to a dope who threatens to blow up 65,000 American football fans so his team wont get slaughtered.

  21. nocookies28 says:

    “Shawn Payton threatening to blow up Sean Peyton…you can’t make this stuff up.”

    could he? did Shawn Payton think that Sean Peyton winning was somehow a personal threat to him, and so he tried to control this with violent threats to the general public?

    “Danger, Will Robinson!”

  22. hawkitnow says: Jan 28, 2012 3:15 PM
    Stay classy, Lions fans. That’s why you can’t have nice things. Get a taste of the playoffs, and the fans act a fool.
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    Talk about irrational statements?

  23. purplengold says:
    Jan 28, 2012 3:00 PM
    you will remember
    your trip to pajama land
    no sharp objects

    Uh, I’m assuming you were TRYING to compose a Haiku… It’s 5-7-5, not 5-7-4, dummy.

  24. Loser. Probably thought the New Orleans coach ripped off his name.

    Thumbs up if you think Lion fan Shawn Payton is a poster here at Pro Football Talk.com.

  25. billh1947 says:
    Jan 28, 2012 4:38 PM
    Gee,what is the going prison term these days for acts of terrorism such as this dummy committed,we will soon find out but I would guess the judge isnt going to show any leniency to a dope who threatens to blow up 65,000 American football fans so his team wont get slaughtered.
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    Actually, this guy will most likely spend little or no time in incarceration.

    Assuming this guy has no criminal record, pleads guilty, and takes responsibility via a statement of remorse in open court, this guy won’t spend a day in prison. Jail, maybe, but not prison. If you don’t know the difference, look it up.

    The key is the record. If he has priors, all bets are off.

    But if he is clean, and he has a decent attorney, he will be able to paint a good picture during sentencing of a guy who has learned his lesson.

    Also, I think the fact that law enforcement took very little action suggests that no one actually took the threat seriously and recognized it as a prank- and believe it or not, that also counts as a factor at sentencing.

  26. I wish we had a system where instead of going through a trial and going to jail, which costs taxpayer money, this guy is just labeled as a certified “Level 1 Dumbass”. It would be on his license, identification and linked to his SSN. Then, there should be a website, http://www.dumbass.GOV, where there is a SEARCHABLE record of who these people are and what they did.

    The internet leaves a permanent record. Let’s use that record to hopefully stop people from doing stupid things at the risk of being labeled a dumbass for the rest of their life. It would save a lot of tax dollars and piss a lot of lawyers off.

    *We technically conduct this exact system for sex offenders.

  27. I was just wondering: Anyone know how many Saints’ fans he will meet in prison?

    Bubba: “You wanted to blow up MY team?”

  28. OK, let’s profile this idiot. He’s a white male between 20 and 25. He’s a republican, he’s unemployed, lives with both parents and he’s got a tiny wee wee.

    Wherever he goes, the Aryan Nation just got a new member.

  29. On occasion, I have wanted to shank myself in the neck for being a Chiefs fan. But never considered doing anything drastic like making a bomb threat. lol

  30. As a Lions fan who was at the Superdome for the game, all I can say is Wow! Please don’t lump 99.999% of Lions fans in with this assclown!

  31. normdogg says: Jan 28, 2012 9:16 PM

    As a Lions fan who was at the Superdome for the game, all I can say is Wow! Please don’t lump 99.999% of Lions fans in with this assclown!
    ________________________________

    Why not? Everyone lumps all niners fans in with the couple assclowns that threatened Kyle Williams on twitter…

  32. I thought that was Harbaugh

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    theysone says:
    Jan 28, 2012 10:43 PM
    normdogg says: Jan 28, 2012 9:16 PM

    As a Lions fan who was at the Superdome for the game, all I can say is Wow! Please don’t lump 99.999% of Lions fans in with this assclown!
    ________________________________

    Why not? Everyone lumps all niners fans in with the couple assclowns that threatened Kyle Williams on twitter…

  33. so let me get this straight. people talk trash on 9er fans because a few idiots shot their mouths off on twitter and hassled a guy wearing a Saints jersey at Candlestick during the 9ers’ first playoff game in almost a decade, but a Saints fan can shoot two 9er fans and a Lions fan can call in a bomb threat to try to stop a game because his team is losing… and no one even bats an eye?

    I’m going to drop a little knowledge on you, PFT readers: there’s bad apples in every bunch. and I refuse to lump the majority of Saints and Lions fans in with them. selectively hating on a team’s fans because you’re jealous of that team’s success is classless. grow up.

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