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Sean Payton can go to Canton, but not to Saints game

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Suspended Saints coach Sean Payton will be allowed in Canton this weekend, but he won’t be allowed near his team.

Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Payton was given permission to attend Saturday’s enshrinement ceremony to see former Saints tackle Willie Roaf inducted. A league spokesman confirmed to PFT that Payton would also be allowed to attend a reception for Roaf, but could not have any contact with his team while in Ohio.

Roaf played for the Saints until 2001, and Payton took over there in 2006.

Payton won’t be allowed into the Hall of Fame Game between the Saints and Cardinals the following day, per the terms of his suspension.

In case he runs into anyone in the hallway of his hotel, Payton will have to call Ray Anderson, the NFL executive vice president of football operations, within 24 hours of any contact of anyone from an NFL team, according to Holder’s report.

Payton’s lurking while his team is nearby isn’t quite as blatant as his Dr. T.J. Eckleburg-esque portrait hanging over the Saints practice facility, but it’s another subtle reminder he’s not far away, and always watching.

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15 Responses to “Sean Payton can go to Canton, but not to Saints game”
  1. goodolebaghead says: Aug 3, 2012 2:53 PM

    He can’t even sit in the stands as a fan? Ridiculous.

  2. myvickinabox14 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:12 PM

    Is this Sandusky around children or a coach around his players.

  3. drgreenstreak says: Aug 3, 2012 3:26 PM

    Oh well. Just keep reminding us so we’ll feel sorry for a dude that blew it.

    He can attend Cowboy games up the road from where he lives.

  4. nfloracle says: Aug 3, 2012 3:29 PM

    Geez, this sounds like the KGB.

    America’s turning into a police state for sure when this kind of “report your contact with so and so” nonsense is going on.

  5. dublindemonszfl says: Aug 3, 2012 3:39 PM

    He’s a well known cheater, would you allow a well known shoplifter in your store? He shouldn’t be allowed in the town, at least not until the next weekend. Plus he will be targeted by other teams with the intention of extending his suspension. The suspension is like Frank Gore’s injury, Saints tried to extend it, why not return the favor? Go 9ers!

  6. allheat says: Aug 3, 2012 3:41 PM

    + 10 for Gatsby reference.

  7. bigdan7885 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    What if he puts on sunglasses and a fake mustache a la Bobby Valentine?

  8. 61bigdaddy61 says: Aug 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    Suspended means, suspended. He shouldn’t even be allowed to the ceremony if this is an NFL sanctioned event.

  9. skarbar001 says: Aug 3, 2012 4:12 PM

    He’ll be fine. I’m sure he stocked up on plently of vicodin before he left the team facility.

  10. tailgateheaven says: Aug 3, 2012 4:12 PM

    dublindemonszfl says:
    Aug 3, 2012 3:39 PM
    He’s a well known cheater, would you allow a well known shoplifter in your store? He shouldn’t be allowed in the town, at least not until the next weekend. Plus he will be targeted by other teams with the intention of extending his suspension. The suspension is like Frank Gore’s injury, Saints tried to extend it, why not return the favor? Go 9ers!

    Well known cheater? Listen Clouseaux…
    Do me a favor “Stick to footie.” You are so far out in left field, you and your niner love-in/ saints-hatin bunny punches are typical of this 20 something off season blogapalooza. You don’t have to know the entire story (which u don’t), NOR the lack of expert discovery, NOR (by ALL Legal Communities) the absolute laughable NFL investigation (Chief Inv. fired!!), NOR have an ounce of deductive reasoning skills (learn to read) TO HAVE A CLUE. Do me a favor, take your 1 year wonder playoff earnings and buy one!

  11. saints25 says: Aug 3, 2012 4:15 PM

    His going also has alot to do with Cortez Kennedy who has worked for the Saints not just Willie Roaf

  12. saints25 says: Aug 3, 2012 4:20 PM

    garlandgillen Cortez Kennedy said Coach Payton will sit at his table for the HOF ceremony. The suspended coach is bringing his son Connor.

  13. silentcount says: Aug 3, 2012 4:47 PM

    Now what exactly was it again that Sean Payton did that made him deserve a full year’s suspension? Oh yeah, for being accused of lying when he said, “Roger, are you nuts? Our guys haven’t had a pay-to-injure-bounty-system in every game for three seasons. I bet you can’t even show valid proof that it has happened in even one game.” And now, it looks like Sean is right and Goodell is wrong.

  14. calij5619 says: Aug 3, 2012 5:50 PM

    Sean u got what u deserve there is no place n d game for that.

  15. jonjac114 says: Aug 3, 2012 6:57 PM

    Really? I’m disgusted by this coach payton did nothing no other coach has done…goodell is a no good SOB…he’s only making an example of this organization to use in all the lawsuits coming against the nfl…the players decided their fate to play football at age 12 or earlier and the small percentage that have made it to the nfl have been rewarded tremendously financially…so all these rules about not hitting a qb or viscous hits is pussified…grow a pair goodell and leave out sport alone @$$hole

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