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Bomb threat for Lions-Saints game results in probation, home confinement

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A fan named Shawn Payton (seriously) phoned in a bomb threat — twice — to the Superdome during the Saints’ postseason win over the Lions during the 2011 playoffs.  In June, he pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting threats to injure in interstate commerce.  On Thursday, Payton was sentenced.

According to the Associated Press, Payton got three years of probation, with no jail time.

Payton also was sentenced to 60 days of home confinement, which is sort of like being in jail but without the bars and the metal cups and the shivs and all sorts of other stuff that when it happens at home typically involves consenting adults.

It’s unknown whether any fans named Sean Payton will be phoning in bombs threats to the Superdome this Sunday.  Or to 345 Park Avenue.

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12 Responses to “Bomb threat for Lions-Saints game results in probation, home confinement”
  1. daysend564 says: Sep 7, 2012 1:55 PM

    Did they take his phone away from him?

  2. kattykathy says: Sep 7, 2012 2:01 PM

    Wow.
    A guy pleads guilty TWO bomb threats and receives less punishment than Saints players who did nothing wrong except play defense the same way all teams (pro and college) play.

    And Goodell isn’t a dictator run amok?

  3. sb44champs says: Sep 7, 2012 2:18 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Sep 7, 2012 2:01 PM
    Wow.
    A guy pleads guilty TWO bomb threats and receives less punishment than Saints players who did nothing wrong except play defense the same way all teams (pro and college) play.

    And Goodell isn’t a dictator run amok?
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    Couldn’t have said it better myself!!!!!!!!!!

  4. randallflagg52 says: Sep 7, 2012 2:19 PM

    Excellent point kattykathy.

  5. nflsharecropper says: Sep 7, 2012 2:22 PM

    One person threatens 70k + people and gets probation. That should teach him.

  6. mjkelly77 says: Sep 7, 2012 2:32 PM

    This idiot is extremely lucky not to be doing 3-5 years hard time. The judge must be very compassionate.

  7. m2karateman says: Sep 7, 2012 2:43 PM

    Somebody call that guys house while he’s under the 60 days confinement and tell him there’s a bomb in there. See how he likes it…..

  8. seahawks4alltime says: Sep 7, 2012 2:48 PM

    “he pleaded guilty to a charge of transmitting threats to injure in interstate commerce.”

    Injure interstate commerce?? He called in a BOMB THREAT. Generally speaking the goal of that type of action is to watch as panic spreads.

    Some folks get 3 to 5 for having a bag of weed on them in their car and this guy get probation and 60 days to play Xbox?!

    C’mon man!

  9. motownroaren says: Sep 7, 2012 3:02 PM

    I’ve grounded for longer than that for doing much less.

  10. denverscott says: Sep 7, 2012 4:16 PM

    kattykathy, what did this story have to do Goodell.

  11. ocdn says: Sep 7, 2012 5:30 PM

    A terrorist threat only gets probation? Seriously?

  12. muttbolts says: Sep 7, 2012 6:04 PM

    Gooddell Works for Nfl not government . He can’t sentence people he’s no judge ,

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