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Former Saints long snapper coughs up cash for coach

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Last year’s Saints bounty scandal nearly made everyone forget about the team’s 2010 Vicodin scandal.  And it definitely made everyone forget about a scandal from 2009 regarding movie tax credits that didn’t exist.

According to the Associated Press, coach Sean Payton has settled a lawsuit against former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, who solicited investments from teammates and coaches under the assumption that Louisiana Film Studios, LLC, would apply for and receive tax credits.

The investment was supposed to generate a 33-percent return, which means it was way too good to be true.

Still, lawyer Daniel Becnel Jr. said that Payton received a “substantial” settlement.  While Becnel declined to provide details based on the confidential nature of the transaction, Becnel said “[w]e got exactly what we wanted and demanded and they paid it.”

So, basically, the details can be extrapolated based on any court filings showing what Payton wanted.  He originally sued Houser for $144,000.

Others who lost money included Drew Brees, Scott Shanle, Jeremy Shockey, Mitch Berger, Charles Grant, and New Orleans icon Archie Manning.  It’s unclear whether and to what extent other settlements or judgments have been secured.

In 2012, a federal appeals court ruled that Berger must pursue his claims through arbitration.  Claims filed by Payton, Grant, and Shockey weren’t affected by the ruling.

Houser, who had spent nine years with the team, was cut once the scam came to light.  (He later signed with the Seahawks.)  Wayne Read, who ran the film company, ultimately was sentenced to four years in prison on fraud charges.

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21 Responses to “Former Saints long snapper coughs up cash for coach”
  1. kd75 says: May 16, 2013 11:59 PM

    Investing while out of your head on Vicoden? Case should have been tossed for fiduciary irresponsibility on Peyton’s part.

  2. briscocountyjr says: May 16, 2013 11:59 PM

    He looks happy in the photo…?

  3. paulitik74 says: May 17, 2013 12:06 AM

    The most corrupt team in pro sports. Think about all the scandals we don’t know about yet.

  4. billsfan1 says: May 17, 2013 12:11 AM

    how many scandals can one NFL coach find himself in…. what, does he think he is college?

  5. miguelromerorhpat says: May 17, 2013 12:15 AM

    I wonder what is logicalvoices doin right now?

  6. thompgk says: May 17, 2013 12:38 AM

    Why do people think athletes and coaches are good people to invest with?

    If a football coach comes to me and says he has a sure fire investment I am running for the hills.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: May 17, 2013 1:31 AM

    I guess that’s why the morose little swamp rat had to steal drugs from his employer. Bad investments left him penniless.

  8. 504in860 says: May 17, 2013 3:56 AM

    kd75 says:
    May 16, 2013 11:59 PM
    Investing while out of your head on Vicoden? Case should have been tossed for fiduciary irresponsibility on Peyton’s part.
    ——————————-

    You can’t spell very well.

  9. dgarrisonb says: May 17, 2013 8:46 AM

    Did you know what he was saying? Yes, then shut it kid!

  10. xxwhodatxx says: May 17, 2013 9:00 AM

    I love all the butt hurt Vikings fans who just can’t wait for articles like this so they can bash the Saints organization. STILL CRYING ABOUT THAT 2009 NFCCG I SEE.

  11. prideof10000lakes says: May 17, 2013 10:17 AM

    xxwhodatxx says: May 17, 2013 9:00 AM

    I love all the butt hurt Vikings fans who just can’t wait for articles like this so they can bash the Saints organization. STILL CRYING ABOUT THAT 2009 NFCCG I SEE.

    __________

    I don’t see anybody cryin in here. And we don’t have to wait for articles like this because people in Minnesota are humble, we just wait for good old Karma to rear its ugly head.
    I’d say its doing a pretty good job.

  12. ilovefoolsball says: May 17, 2013 12:07 PM

    Minnesota sucks and will never win a championship.

    Release AP to the wild so you don’t waste his career by staying with a inferior team.

    There, I said it.

  13. vikes8480 says: May 17, 2013 1:30 PM

    Keep talking Saints fans. The only reason your team won a Championship was because you cheated. That was the most poorly officiated game I’ve watch since the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl. Bought and paid for.

    If you can’t admit that you got away with one in that game, you don’t know anything about football.

    We turned the ball over that many times and had a bonehead 12 men in the huddle penalty to take us out of FG range and it still took the refs to bail you out three times on your overtime drive to win. Not to mention all the missed calls during the course of the game.

    Taints, SB Champs*

  14. ggametoo says: May 17, 2013 2:06 PM

    vikes8480 – With regard to cheating, I suppose you are referring to the “so-called” bounty scandal. Whether or not the bounty thing was true, the Saints didn’t cheat. They were allegedly paid for clean hits. They played with 11 players on defense and referees on the field just like every other team. They won the championship fair and square. Cheating is doing something that gives you an unfair advantage, e.g., taping the other team’s practice (ala Patriots vs Rams superbow). All of things you mention (missed calls, yada, yada, yada …. )happen in every game. To the others: the movie thing was an investment on Payton’s part, albeit not a good one. He didn’t do anything wrong.

  15. veetan says: May 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    Keep talking Saints fans. The only reason your team won a Championship was because you cheated. That was the most poorly officiated game I’ve watch since the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl. Bought and paid for.

    If you can’t admit that you got away with one in that game, you don’t know anything about football.

    We turned the ball over that many times and had a bonehead 12 men in the huddle penalty to take us out of FG range and it still took the refs to bail you out three times on your overtime drive to win. Not to mention all the missed calls during the course of the game.

    Taints, SB Champs*
    =============================

    Man, this is just too good to be true! Not only did the Saints win that exciting NFC Championship game which was followed by winning the Superbowl, but we STILL get enjoy these Vikings fans sing their same old, crybaby, excuse making, squirming, jealous, song of hatred – and laugh our butts off at them……. STILL !!!! It’s almost as good as the youtube vids of “Vikings fans react to Farve interception”. Priceless!

    This is like the gift that keeps on giving!

  16. prideof10000lakes says: May 17, 2013 2:31 PM

    ilovefoolsball says:
    May 17, 2013 12:07 PM
    Minnesota sucks and will never win a championship.

    Release AP to the wild so you don’t waste his career by staying with a inferior team.

    There, I said it.

    ———–

    Say what you want about the football team, which is merely overhyped entertainment, but I hardly believe that New Orleans has anything to brag about. Can you drink the tap water and breathe the air? Are your parks clear of stems and syringes? Say shhhhhhh

  17. prideof10000lakes says: May 17, 2013 2:35 PM

    And I don’t believe the saints cheated, they won. But that doesn’t mean that the NFL isn’t purely an entertainment business and they wanted NO’s story line in the Super Bowl so the league did what it had to do. And that’s let the ref’s help determine the outcome. Notice how I said HELP before you tell me how te refs didn’t throw any picks or score Tds and Yada Yada Yada.

    Now the patriots…. That’s cheating at its best.

  18. vikes8480 says: May 17, 2013 3:26 PM

    veetan says: May 17, 2013 2:19 PM

    Keep talking Saints fans. The only reason your team won a Championship was because you cheated. That was the most poorly officiated game I’ve watch since the Steelers/Seahawks Super Bowl. Bought and paid for.

    If you can’t admit that you got away with one in that game, you don’t know anything about football.

    We turned the ball over that many times and had a bonehead 12 men in the huddle penalty to take us out of FG range and it still took the refs to bail you out three times on your overtime drive to win. Not to mention all the missed calls during the course of the game.

    Taints, SB Champs*
    =============================

    Man, this is just too good to be true! Not only did the Saints win that exciting NFC Championship game which was followed by winning the Superbowl, but we STILL get enjoy these Vikings fans sing their same old, crybaby, excuse making, squirming, jealous, song of hatred – and laugh our butts off at them……. STILL !!!! It’s almost as good as the youtube vids of “Vikings fans react to Farve interception”. Priceless!

    This is like the gift that keeps on giving!

    ===================================

    Pretty sure the level of crying and being angry about how Goodell did the Saints wrong last year with all of the suspensions and fines being handed out pretty much outweighs any crying that Vikings fans do over the 2009 NFCCG. The fact of the matter is, the Saints were wrong and they got caught.

    The poor Saints were such victims last year, just like the people of New Orleans. Enough to make any honest American sick.

    Pretty sure there are some great videos of your fan base whining about how it’s the Saints against the world. Goodell is so unfair, blah blah blah.

  19. vikes8480 says: May 17, 2013 3:30 PM

    ggametoo,

    I don’t care about the bounty program as much as I did about the biased reffing in that game.

    You can’t tell me there weren’t some horrendously blown calls in that game, all in the Saints’ favor. Favre’s interception on the high-low hit should have been called roughing the passer and wasnt. The head of officiating even admitted that. Add 15 yards to the field position there and the Vikes were in FG range.

    Not to mention the three terrible calls on the final drive to get the Saints into FG range. Watch the tape, it’s ridiculous. They were “given” three first downs, the final being a phantom PI call on Leber. Total BS.

  20. thepftpaperchase says: May 17, 2013 4:30 PM

    Not that big of a deal Mike, but the Vicodin scandal happened in 2009 (not 2010 as you stated). The case was settled with the former Director of Security sometime in ’10.

  21. benning89 says: May 17, 2013 6:43 PM

    McClain, Houser & Young, LLC

    …has a nice ring to it!

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