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Sean Payton: It’s frustrating to hear things that aren’t true

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Sean Payton, the Saints head coach who’s suspended for the season because of the team’s bounty program, says the most difficult thing he’s gone through is hearing himself portrayed in a way that he says is inaccurate.

In a wide-ranging interview with the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Payton said he has stayed relatively quiet because he thinks that’s the right approach to his time off, but that hasn’t been easy because there have been times he wanted to speak up.

“Listen, it’s hard to do,” Payton said. “And we’re in a much different position than the players, in regards to players having a union. I think ultimately our goal is to get reinstated at the right time. Yeah, it’s frustrating at times to sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true. But that being said, I support every one of those guys and pay close attention to what’s going on with Jon and the rest of those players and Mickey [Loomis] and Joe [Vitt] and everyone.”

Payton didn’t explain exactly what he has heard that he knows isn’t true, and it’s been widely reported that part of the reason Payton’s punishment was so severe is exactly because he didn’t speak up and explain to the league office exactly what was happening when the NFL first began investigating the Saints’ bounty program. But Payton says that’s incorrect.

“No. We tried to do everything possible to show as much as cooperation as possible,” Payton said.

Payton also said he has no hope of being reinstated before his suspension is scheduled to end, after the Super Bowl.

“No, that’s nothing that I’m aware of or that I’m anticipating,” Payton said of early reinstatement.

So Payton will sit out the entire season, watching the Saints on TV and coaching only as the offensive coordinator for his sixth-grade son’s youth team.

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53 Responses to “Sean Payton: It’s frustrating to hear things that aren’t true”
  1. kane337 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:03 AM

    So much for staying quiet eh?

  2. samapoc says: Sep 5, 2012 7:03 AM

    I don’t know if partying on csmera with youngish girls counts as quiet time, but if it does, Sean’s having a nice year off.

  3. tlmoon2112 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:09 AM

    hey Sean I feel your pain but look at the bright side, at least your not Mitt Romney having to explain some nutjob’s accusation that you inflicted cancer on a woman and caused her to die.

  4. txxxchief says: Sep 5, 2012 7:11 AM

    Goodell: Good morning Sean. Nice interview in the paper.o
    Payton: Good to hear from you Rog. HOw they hangin’?

    Goodell: Very well, very well. So much for keeping quiet and taking your punishment like a man.

    Payton: Kinda blew it.

    Goodell: Sure did. Let’s make that 24 games instead of 16.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 5, 2012 7:24 AM

    Sean: It’s frustrating for us to hear things that ARE true.

  6. sloppydogg says: Sep 5, 2012 7:28 AM

    Once again like i said if he wants to coach again in this league he must be quiet until the smoke clears, if he talks against Goodevil he can kiss coaching in the NFL for a long time. But i say the true will set them all free show us the entire report Goodevil let the fans judge. You came to us publicly with bit’s and pieces so give us what we want if you have nothing to hide show the proof we as fans demand it. Yeah I know good luck with that……….lol

  7. faithnsaints says: Sep 5, 2012 7:34 AM

    Imagine when Roger Goodell hand over the Lombardi trophy to Drew Bress and Jon Vilma, this season, in Nawlins and the first thing Drew says after winning the SB, “This is for Sean Payton!”

    Can’t wait!

  8. paperlions says: Sep 5, 2012 7:48 AM

    Yeah, well….I’m sure the NFL was just as frustrated hearing things that weren’t true during their interviews of players.

    Player suspensions are much harder on the player’s career than suspensions for coaches…coaches can coach of decades, playing careers are far far shorter.

  9. thetechnocrat says: Sep 5, 2012 7:52 AM

    Waaah dude. I wish they all would just shut up. Brees finally figured out no one cares, why can’t Malcolm In The Middle?
    You lied multiple times about it’s existence and then finally confessed. No one will believe anything you say about this situation ever. So just shut up, go away and serve your suspension, then do what you do best next year…coach.

  10. jerlee7 says: Sep 5, 2012 7:56 AM

    Yep, and you were just borrowing those pain killers too. Going to put them back, you swear.

  11. senorwinces says: Sep 5, 2012 8:20 AM

    Payton didn’t explain exactly what he has heard that he knows isn’t true, and it’s been widely reported that part of the reason Payton’s punishment was so severe is exactly because he didn’t speak up and explain to the league office exactly what was happening when the NFL first began investigating the Saints’ bounty program. But Payton says that’s incorrect.

    Your paragraph answers its own question. One of the things that obviously has been incorrectly alleged is that he held up the investigation.

  12. randomguy9999 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:21 AM

    whatever….

    Payton had the responsibility of eliminating bounties he had been warned about multiple times over years and he failed…..

    welcome to command… and your time off…

  13. ihatethejets23 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:21 AM

    He got what he deserved.

  14. clownsfan says: Sep 5, 2012 8:23 AM

    Here’s what’s true: You were caught doing something. You lied about it. You were warned or asked to stop doing it. You
    ignored the warning. I’m so tired of this story

  15. richkotitte says: Sep 5, 2012 8:33 AM

    I just hope Payton’s not using Gregg Williams as the defensive coordinator for 6th graders.

    “Chocolate milk on me for a week to the player who can knock Timmy in the chops! He just got new braces and we have to test the little guys face.”

  16. lifeofcurley says: Sep 5, 2012 8:39 AM

    I’m sorry Sean Payton is a bad guy. Between the Bountygate scandal, the allegations of taking large quantities of Vicodin from the team facility in 2010, and his relationship with the snake that is Michael Ornstein what’s next? How many more times does this guy need to be involved with dirty situations and people before we stop pretending he’s some sort of victim in these cases?

  17. southcakpanther says: Sep 5, 2012 8:39 AM

    Hard to believe a guy who has stolen Vicodin in the past. Whatever, who cares about the Saints*.

  18. sb44champs says: Sep 5, 2012 8:41 AM

    Let’s face it – Sean got the short end of the stick…
    Can’t wait till GODell gets his in about 9 years!!!

  19. dspyank2k11 says: Sep 5, 2012 8:45 AM

    Its frustrating to still be hearing about this.

    Happy Week 1 everyone!

  20. fuglyflorio says: Sep 5, 2012 9:10 AM

    “It’s frustrating to hear things that aren’t true.”

    Then stop telling lies. Or at least hold your ears when you talk.

  21. schmitty2 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:11 AM

    sloppydogg says:Sep 5, 2012 7:28 AM

    Once again like i said if he wants to coach again in this league he must be quiet until the smoke clears, if he talks against Goodevil he can kiss coaching in the NFL for a long time. But i say the true will set them all free show us the entire report Goodevil let the fans judge. You came to us publicly with bit’s and pieces so give us what we want if you have nothing to hide show the proof we as fans demand it. Yeah I know good luck with that……….lol

    Your screename pretty much describes your inability to put together a normal paragraph

  22. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Sep 5, 2012 9:12 AM

    Was that his response to watching the Democratic National Convention?

  23. righton989 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:16 AM

    Tom Benson knows from the unreleased Freeh Report that his Yellow Stains employed a corrupt coaching staff that directed the players to cripple and maim for the lust of money and the high it gave them. Their ill gotten trophy has cursed them all.

  24. sb44champs says: Sep 5, 2012 9:19 AM

    For all the Sean Payton haters – Go get a life already as Sean is more of a man and accomplished more as a man then all of you fools put together!!!!! Who Dat!!!

  25. whodatsaybaby says: Sep 5, 2012 9:27 AM

    Mention Sean, and the trolls come out the woods with there biased opinions. Face it guys, Sean is probably one of the greastest coaches to be involved in the game. He was on track to be the youngest all time winning coach, (this is based on his wins in the past six years, then adding to the future pace if it were to continue) lead one of the greatest offenses, and lead a team that broke a record for breaking records (<— way to many to try and type in a single comment). Yet you trolls continue to harp on the vicodins or favor in Goddells direction. Just saying, when I had vicodins after my surgery I coudn't talk straight much less imagine doing any of the stated above, nor have I ever had to deal with mordern day dictator who ''ASSUMES'' he made the right choice ''WITHOUT'' showing the proper evidence. Then again, I might ''ASSUME'' you'll respond with he's holding the ''EVIDENCE'' to protect someone or the franchise, right? DO YOUR JOB! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  26. zerole00 says: Sep 5, 2012 9:29 AM

    I won’t comment on whether he’s guilty or not, but he’s not doing a great job keeping quiet if we’re reading this article before the season actually starts.

    Seriously Payton?

  27. cgarsmoker says: Sep 5, 2012 9:36 AM

    It’s even more frustrating when you’re twice told to clean up your program and you lie to Goodell about it….but I get Sean Payton – you’re the victim now.

  28. bigwinintx says: Sep 5, 2012 9:41 AM

    So Sean…

    What exactly has you so upset? If you’re thinking that the league is going to forgive you when you come back, think again.

    There will be grudges for years against any team you coach, simply because you’re on that side of the field. Other coaches will most likely run the score up on you and will have no pity on whomever is under center, since you turned a blind eye to what your hired goons were allowed to do.

    You brought shame to a team that needed a leader and the fans that are too blind to see it or at least own it.
    You’re a disgrace to football, and I wish that you would have received the same suspension that Greg Williams.

  29. downdabayou says: Sep 5, 2012 10:03 AM

    I love the dumbass comments about Sean Payton, I would bet the farm that if he was fired today, at least half the teams in the NFL including your team that you love so much, would be knocking on his door tomorrow morning saying ” please Sean, do for my team what you did in New Orleans”, of course then you would love and defend him, but then maybe not, sometimes I forget, every fan is not a member of the WHO DAT NATION. Now leave us and our coach the hell alone.

  30. goodolebaghead says: Sep 5, 2012 10:14 AM

    It’s even more frustrating when it looks like they didn’t really have a program, but if they did, it would have been strictly during one game in 2009. There is no circumstantial or actual evidence ANYTHING happened besides the vikes game, so doesn’t it seem like they cleaned up whatever was or wasn’t happening?

  31. biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 5, 2012 10:19 AM

    All i know is, if i was commish, and i found out they had 10,000 on Farve’s head, I wouldv’ve punished them IMMEDIATELY following the 09 season, and nt waited 2 full years and allow more ppl to be hurt, then release evidence when it looks like a good defense for my concussion lawsuit !!!

  32. miles58a says: Sep 5, 2012 10:21 AM

    So now Sean Payton is a lier. Ever since the players got suspended all Saints haters have been saying is that they have to be guilty because the coaches were sitting quiet but now he’s a lier because he said there were things said that aren’t true. The only one that I saw get proved wrong so far is Goodell every piece of evidence that was important to Goodells case was proved to be wrong are completly false but he not a lier.

  33. dadindebt6 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:26 AM

    goodolebaghead says:Sep 5, 2012 10:14 AM

    It’s even more frustrating when it looks like they didn’t really have a program, but if they did, it would have been strictly during one game in 2009. There is no circumstantial or actual evidence ANYTHING happened besides the vikes game, so doesn’t it seem like they cleaned up whatever was or wasn’t happening
    ——————————————————-
    So you are saying there was a bounty in place for one game. Isn’t that enough! Listen to yourself!

  34. miles58a says: Sep 5, 2012 10:28 AM

    biggestsaintsfanever says:

    All i know is, if i was commish, and i found out they had 10,000 on Farve’s head, I wouldv’ve punished them IMMEDIATELY following the 09 season, and nt waited 2 full years and allow more ppl to be hurt, then release evidence when it looks like a good defense for my concussion lawsuit !!!
    ___________________________________

    I agree but Goodell didn’t have proof and needed the new CBA written in his favor so that he could make sure he could get away with it, Because in the old CBA he would have had to actually show the evidence

  35. dadindebt6 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:32 AM

    The only one that I saw get proved wrong so far is Goodell every piece of evidence that was important to Goodells case was proved to be wrong are completly false but he not a lier.
    ——————————————————-
    NOT TRUE! All the players and fans who initially said there was NO program got proven wrong and then jumped on “It is ONLY pay for performance!” Well, it has also been proven that one of the ‘performances” was the ‘cart off’ hit. It is not as bad as intentionally trying to maim someone, but it is still giving a reward for causing an injury (even a temporary one). That, my friend, qualifies as a bounty.

  36. kaferwerks says: Sep 5, 2012 10:56 AM

    Funny how the haters spew about how the coaches stayed quiet and didn’t fight. (totally ignoring the fact that the coaches DID appeal the suspensions). Now SP is speaking up and debunking the haters and they are still talking in force. It’s crow season, get your forks ready!

  37. mogogo1 says: Sep 5, 2012 10:59 AM

    It sounds like Payton is regretting the whole apology thing. That bridge is impossible to go back over. If there wasn’t anything going on, why apologize? Why not fight the charges? Why didn’t the billionaire owner who still clearly loves Payton file a lawsuit?

    He blames it on coaches not having a union, but that doesn’t hold up, either. The player’s union hasn’t done anything to help the suspended players. Payton could have taken a similar path as Vilma and fought the charges tooth and nail, but didn’t. That may well prove to be the most time effective action and the least damaging to his image, but he doesn’t get to claim he’s innocent after admitting he was guilty.

  38. deiong says: Sep 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    why is it that these professional sports people cant tell the truth after getting caught red handed. kids look up to sports people even coaches, and when they see that all they do is lie and even after getting caught continue to lie more and more, they are taught that is what you should do, every generation of professional sports people are getting worse and worse.

    please change the dirrection, you got caught, please stop telling fibs, and just say your sorry and it wont happen again. your making it worse. cant you see that. no one beleives the lies anyways.

  39. leo133074 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:18 AM

    He demands an explanation!

  40. dvdman123 says: Sep 5, 2012 11:46 AM

    New Orleans Saints 2012 Super Bowl Champions…….Oh I’m sure Goodell is already having nightmares of the very real possibility.

  41. hoodatnva says: Sep 5, 2012 12:07 PM

    It’s funny that anyone could say that someone “got what they deserved”, when there is no evidence or credible witnesses and the accused all denies everything NFLM portrayed — even falsifying claims of individual written statements, like Greg Williams statement (never admits to bounty, as many portray), or Hargrove lied (how do you make that leap?).

  42. sloppydogg says: Sep 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    UH last time i check many players have retired an return as coaches. Just let’s get this da _ season underway WHO DAT NATION going to kick some a_ _ take no prisoner’s.

  43. drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Sep 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    I might add, the proof is in the pudding with Vilmas declaration on SportsCenter, BountyGate existed within a toxic environment where that was “ok” to say that on sports center. Stand up for them all you want, but they cheated because they weren’t as talented at football. PERIOD.

    It still doesn’t take away the pain of being robbed, but its a small vindication. Vikings fans were watching that game too, there are great YouTube videos of all the cheap shots they took at Favre. Its amazing thats the only way they could win and advance to their first Lobardi Trophy*.

    Take your suspension like a man. Quit whining, acting like a bunch of soccer players.

  44. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 5, 2012 12:47 PM

    All I know is ITS FOOTBALL SEASON…LETS PLAY THE GAME ON THE FIELD…people will talk forever.
    let them wonder why the team with the interim to the interim is still winning

  45. miles58a says: Sep 5, 2012 1:00 PM

    NOT TRUE! All the players and fans who initially said there was NO program got proven wrong and then jumped on “It is ONLY pay for performance!” Well, it has also been proven that one of the ‘performances” was the ‘cart off’ hit. It is not as bad as intentionally trying to maim someone, but it is still giving a reward for causing an injury (even a temporary one). That, my friend, qualifies as a bounty.

    __________________________________

    Go back and look at Darren Sharpers interview when this all came out, he admitted to a pay for performance program but said that there was no payments for illegal hits and that was when it first came out. Ya’ll take them not saying nothing as saying they were guilty same as coaches. They would acuatally have to put money in the pot for an illegal hit. As for as the suspended players they did not say anything as to any program, they just denied things that came out about them for example Vilma said he never offered any money to injure someone but he never denied putting money in a pot just said not to injure.
    Ya’ll will see when this is all over. You think that if Goodell really had proof he wouldn’t put an end to this, notice how he tries harder to prove he doesn’t have to show that they are guilty then proving that they are guilty. He should just prove it and get it over with if he has proof

  46. mogogo1 says: Sep 5, 2012 1:16 PM

    “We acknowledge that the violations disclosed by the NFL during their investigation of our club happened under our watch. We take full responsibility.

    These are serious violations and we understand the negative impact it has had on our game. Both of us have made it clear within our organization that this will never happen again, and make that same promise to the NFL and most importantly to all of our fans.”

    Public apology by Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis, March 2012

  47. jeteddy says: Sep 5, 2012 1:48 PM

    If you think it is frustrating to hear things that arent true, how do you think very angry NFL fans feel. Dont feel a bit sorry for this blowhard.

  48. goodolebaghead says: Sep 5, 2012 2:15 PM

    dadindebt6 says:
    Sep 5, 2012 10:26 AM
    goodolebaghead says:Sep 5, 2012 10:14 AM

    It’s even more frustrating when it looks like they didn’t really have a program, but if they did, it would have been strictly during one game in 2009. There is no circumstantial or actual evidence ANYTHING happened besides the vikes game, so doesn’t it seem like they cleaned up whatever was or wasn’t happening
    ——————————————————-
    So you are saying there was a bounty in place for one game. Isn’t that enough! Listen to yourself!
    *******************************************
    Listen to YOURSELF. Saints fans this WHOLE time have been saying there was a program going on. We’ve all just been saying the punishment doesn’t fit the crime. I am merely addressing everyone’s claim that the punishments were ok because the Saints continued after being stopped. It seems to me they stopped as soon as confronted. If that is the case, shouldn’t they have some leniency in what is really just a salary cap violation? Goodell claimed the punishments were for continuing. I don’t think they continued.

  49. purplegreenandgold says: Sep 5, 2012 3:19 PM

    drwbrsdmndsnxplntn says: Sep 5, 2012 12:46 PM

    I might add, the proof is in the pudding with Vilmas declaration on SportsCenter, BountyGate existed within a toxic environment where that was “ok” to say that on sports center. Stand up for them all you want, but they cheated because they weren’t as talented at football. PERIOD.

    It still doesn’t take away the pain of being robbed, but its a small vindication. Vikings fans were watching that game too, there are great YouTube videos of all the cheap shots they took at Favre. Its amazing thats the only way they could win and advance to their first Lobardi Trophy*.

    Take your suspension like a man. Quit whining, acting like a bunch of soccer players.
    ====================================
    the nfl gave you a do over the first game of the next season and after talking all off season of what you were going to do… you decided to write checks your team couldnt cash…soo you didnt get robbed, you merely went bankrupt

  50. packhawk04 says: Sep 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    Judge berrigan, by her own definition, said a pay for performance system is a bounty. So, the saints were doing bounties, got caught, lied, caught again, and punished by the authority that was collectivley bargained by the NFL and the players union. Case closed. Open and shut.

  51. biggestsaintsfanever says: Sep 5, 2012 5:51 PM

    packhawk04 says:Sep 5, 2012 5:26 PM

    Judge berrigan, by her own definition, said a pay for performance system is a bounty. So, the saints were doing bounties, got caught, lied, caught again, and punished by the authority that was collectivley bargained by the NFL and the players union. Case closed. Open and shut.

    Saints admitted pay for performance. How is it open and shut?

  52. cwwgk says: Sep 5, 2012 6:27 PM

    @biggestsaintsfanever: Judge Berrigan commented from the bench that she saw no difference between what the players were describing as a “pay for performance” program and the league’s/Goodell’s allegation of a bounty program.

    In other words, Judge Berrigan agreed that what the Saints admitted to was a bounty program.

    What she took issue with was not whether the allegations were true, but the punishments and the manner in which they were handed out.

  53. silentcount says: Sep 5, 2012 6:34 PM

    So why exactly was Sean Payton suspended? Goodell claims it was for having a pay-to-injure-bounty-sytem in EVERY GAME FOR 3 SEASONS. But yet, he still hasn’t provided valid proof that it even happened IN JUST ONE GAME! Expect the judge to correct this injustice for Sean as well as the players. In this country, an abusive dictator is not allowed to restrict one’s freedom of speech as Goodell has done to the coaches. let the truth set them free!!! What are the fans of other teams so afraid of? That their hate wasn’t justified after all?

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