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Lions fan pleads guilty to Superdome threat

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In January we brought you the odd story of Shawn Payton, a Lions fan who apparently thought he could stop his favorite team’s playoff loss to the Saints by calling the Superdome during the game and making a bomb threat that he asked to have relayed to his namesake, Saints coach Sean Payton. Now that fan has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of using interstate communications to transmit a threat.

Payton, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, admitted that he called the Superdome twice during the game and delivered threats to the receptionist who answered the phone.

“I want you to relay a message to the sideline. If your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper . . . severe consequences. OK?” Payton said in the second threatening call he made, which was recorded by police after the receptionist alerted them to the first threat, in which Payton said he would blow up the building.

The felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Payton’s sentencing will take place on September 6.

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20 Responses to “Lions fan pleads guilty to Superdome threat”
  1. joetoronto says: Jun 2, 2012 6:26 AM

    Send a clear message and put this joker away as long as possible, if not longer.

  2. woodg8 says: Jun 2, 2012 7:04 AM

    maximum 5 years? should be minimum 10

  3. schmokes says: Jun 2, 2012 7:16 AM

    That just makes it official. The lions coach is an idiot, the players are a bunch of idiots, and the fans are…..yup, a bunch of idiots.

    Way to represent detroit guys!

  4. percey12 says: Jun 2, 2012 7:16 AM

    Typical Lion fan desperation. Loser needs to be made example of or this will become common.

  5. purpleman527 says: Jun 2, 2012 7:23 AM

    Apparently, the discipline problems of the Lions is catching on with the fans!

  6. dd393 says: Jun 2, 2012 7:34 AM

    With that kind of personality he’ll have a place on the Lions’ roster.

  7. acetw says: Jun 2, 2012 7:43 AM

    He won’t get as harsh a sentence for a proven transgression as the Saints got for alleged transgressions.

  8. northlawhodat says: Jun 2, 2012 7:47 AM

    That a hardcore fan there! As Carlos Mencia would say, deet ta dee!

  9. dlc618 says: Jun 2, 2012 8:03 AM

    Lol. What an ass. It’s football dude. Jeez. People are sick.

  10. jthammerstix says: Jun 2, 2012 8:09 AM

    This guy is hilarious.

  11. larryboodry says: Jun 2, 2012 8:12 AM

    This doofus deserves to rot in a cell for more than 5 years.

  12. essentialsausage says: Jun 2, 2012 8:13 AM

    The Lions organization needs to do something and get the fans under control!

  13. cordellgc says: Jun 2, 2012 8:16 AM

    I’m guessing king Roger will suspend the real Sean payton for another year

  14. djflav303 says: Jun 2, 2012 9:18 AM

    That’s what a life time of loosing football will do to a person. Trust me, I know, I’m a nuggets fan.

  15. beedubyatoo says: Jun 2, 2012 10:08 AM

    Don’t let this guy get in the criminal courts’ system for his sentence. It’ll be too lenient.

    Let Goodell decide on the punishment.

  16. rayguyreturns says: Jun 2, 2012 10:47 AM

    You couldn’t write this stuff if you were paid by Hollywood.

  17. trollhammer20 says: Jun 2, 2012 10:57 AM

    Fifteen comments in, and Drew Brees still hasn’t demanded an explanation?

  18. dangle13x says: Jun 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    Detroit may have issues, but at least we’re not redneck trash that gets his jolly’s from hating on message boards like a little coward. You’re a lot like this moron lions fan, doing your best impersonation of being a little bitc.

  19. stavreafavre says: Jun 2, 2012 4:20 PM

    Depending on what prison he lands in, there could be rect … severe hygiene consequences.

  20. backindasaddle says: Jun 2, 2012 5:55 PM

    I’m just surprised he made a bomb threat instead of threatening to do a good ol’ Detroit-Style drive by shooting.

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