Tom Benson talks about Vicodin lawsuit

Reached for comment regarding the statements made by former director of security Geoffrey Santini in his first interview regarding a lawsuit filed against the team, Saints lawyer Phil Wittmann opted to say nothing.  “As we are in litigation with Mr. Santini, I feel that we should proceed
with the legal process and not make any media comments at this time,”
Wittman told USA Today.

Saints owner Tom Benson recently had an opportunity to say the same thing.  He didn’t.

“I can’t tell you exactly how I feel about that,” Benson told Tom Orsborn of the San Antonio Express-News, “but it’s a typical type
of somebody that isn’t happy, and they file suit on you.  I better not say anything more or I’ll get
myself in trouble.”

And then he said more.

“I will say it’s sort of the fact [Santini] resigned and then we won the
Super Bowl,” Benson said.  “I’d be unhappy too if I had resigned, and [team president] Rita [Benson LeBlanc] had won the Super Bowl.”

Benson’s explanation overlooks the fact that Santini and his former lawyer had attempted to settle Santini’s claims — for a payment far less than the amount more recently demanded — in September, long before the Saints had even secured a playoff berth.  And if Santini wanted to be truly disruptive and vindictive, he could have filed his lawsuit the week before the Super Bowl, in the hopes of creating the kind of distraction for coach Sean Payton and linebackers coach Joe Vitt that potentially could have derailed the eventual victory.

Benson also let another cat out of the bag — he said that quarterback Drew Brees’ family will be growing.  “They’re expecting another baby, we
were just informed today,” Benson said.  “His wife, Brittany, called and
said it’s another boy.  I don’t know if it’s out yet.  You might be the
first ones to hear that.  I hope we are not spilling the beans on them. 
They didn’t tell us to keep it a secret.”

Apparently, it’s a good thing that they didn’t.

25 responses to “Tom Benson talks about Vicodin lawsuit

  1. Mrs. Brees’ pregnancy was not a secret, although Benson should have kept his mouth shut. Ditto with his comments about the lawsuit. Two Dat!

  2. Drew announced that on one of the many shows he’s been on since winning the SB!!!
    Nothing new Florio…Vikes still Suck!!!!

  3. Actually, Brees tweeted that information like 3 months ago. Jesus Florio, go grind your axe elsewhere …

  4. Amazing how quickly PFT has taken a side on this issue … actually, what am I saying, it’s not amazing at all, it’s pretty par for the course.

  5. Your pro-Santini take is getting tired. Of course Santini piggy backed off the Saints SB win – if this were just an 8-8 team we were talking about, there would be considerably less media coverage making it more difficult for Santini to make himself heard.

  6. News of the Brees baby was reported in the Times-Picayune on April 15th, so it wasn’t a secret.

  7. that’s surprisingly stupid stuff to come from an owner’s mouth. dude sounds like a six year-old. somebody should have advised him to keep quiet so as to avoid sounding like a whiny, defensive jerk.

  8. I lover it. The Saints are the next Patriots, an embarrasment to the league.

  9. Why would the director of security give 2 $h!ts about whether the Saints won the SB or not? I do not recall Benson, Payton, or Brees stopping and saying “And also, I want to give a shout out to the Director of Security, Adolph Olivernipples. If not for his security, we wouldn’t be here today holding this Lombardi trophy”. Seriously Benson? That is the most ignorant comment I have ever in my life heard and is so far off base that it makes you look like a complete idiot!

  10. I smell a COVER-UP ! It would be a MAJOR black eye on The Shield for anyone involved in the Super Bowl winning Saints organization to be caught in a drug theft.

  11. This site has become just like that old children’s show on Nickelodian where they drop buckets of slime on people’s heads.
    Can you report on FOOTBALL without continually looking for people to slime & pass judegment on?
    It isn’t exactly a sign of high character to constantly derive pleasure from other people’s problems. This isn’t why PFT became so popular.

  12. Sorry Florio, no sale here. Plaster saints are a dime a dozen and the paint on St. Santini is more holey than holy.
    If, as Santini/Hyatt claim, the suit is not a “shake down” but only and exclusively a search for truth anchored in state whistleblower laws, why the attempt to sell your silence at all? Why was Santini attempting to sell his silence at any price? Including back pay? If ‘truth’ was Santini’s ony motive, why not report the alleged crime(s) directly and posthaste to the appropriate law enforcement agencies?
    Also, did the Saints threaten to fire or punish Santini if Santini refused to participate in the alleged coverup? Did the Saints threaten to fire or punish Santini if offered to go public with his allegations or report the same to law enforcement agencies while Santini was still a Saints employee? Did the Saints convey or imply such threats in any way after Santini revealed his opposition on the matter?
    Cue applause if Santini simply resigned for conscience and objection to alleged illegal and unconscienable acts.
    Cue jeers when Santini peddles his conscience for a price, i.e., any price.

  13. Sorry Florio, no sale here. Plaster saints are a dime a dozen and the paint on St. Santini is more holey than holy.
    If, as Santini/Hyatt claim, the suit is not a “shake down” but only and exclusively a search for truth anchored in state whistleblower laws, why the attempt to sell your silence at all? Why was Santini attempting to sell his silence at any price? Including back pay? If ‘truth’ was Santini’s only motive, why not report the alleged crime(s) directly and posthaste to the appropriate law enforcement agencies?
    Also, did the Saints threaten to fire or punish Santini if Santini refused to participate in the alleged coverup? Did the Saints threaten to fire or punish Santini if Santini offered to go public with his allegations or report the same to law enforcement agencies while Santini was still a Saints employee? Did the Saints convey or imply such threats in any way after Santini revealed his opposition on the matter?
    Cue applause if Santini simply resigned for conscience and objection to alleged illegal and unconscienable acts.
    Cue jeers when Santini peddles his conscience for a price, i.e., any price.

  14. OK, so he resigned in August of 2009 and then he filed a lawsuit in April of 2010….
    Hmmm….
    And the best ‘journalisitic’ comment you guys can make is to try and slime the owner because he mentioned that Brees has a new baby.
    This site has been sinking to the depths for some time now.
    You know what the SOLUTION is right?
    TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL AGAIN, not slime and character assasination.

  15. # Fan of Football says: May 12, 2010 10:58 AM
    I lover it. The Saints are the next Patriots, an embarrasment to the league.
    ———————————————
    Oh…so they’ll win 2 more Super Bowls? NICE!!!!

  16. how can you say Santini *isn’t* being vindictive? He’s suing the Saints for a ridiculous sum of money over an issue that has nothing to do with him, but over knowledge he has.
    I know you keep saying this isn’t extortion, but it is. Tell me how it’s not extortion? What exactly does Santini have to do with two people robbing the medicine cabinet, especially after he no longer works there?
    Then explain to me how Santini is entitled to money because Payton has a pill-popping habit.

  17. And as I said before, Mike. You as a lawyer know that if he files this lawsuit during Superbowl week it makes his shake down look more like a shake down and therefore he probably does not win. He’s doing everything he can to make sure he gets paid.

  18. I guess that it’s a good thing for the Saints, that they didn’t have the Boston Herald in town to derail their Super Bowl week.
    False charges can be equally as disruptive and destructive as true accusations……… Not that it mattered to the Herald.

  19. LOL @ Benson’s faulty logic. He should have just shut his fat trap!

  20. And who cares what Santini’s “motivations” are. The key issue should be if what he is alleging is true or not. If so the Saints will be punished, whether Santini is in this for a shake-down or not.

  21. And who cares what Santini’s “motivations” are.
    Ha.
    His attorney, for one. Santini, for another, else be investigated, charged, tried & convicted for the felony crime of extortion , which includes but is not limited to:
    (2) A threat to accuse the individual threatened or any member of his family or any other person held dear to him of any crime;
    (3) A threat to expose or impute any deformity or disgrace to the individual threatened or to any member of his family or to any other person held dear to him;
    (4) A threat to expose any secret affecting the individual threatened or any member of his family or any other person held dear to him;

  22. When are the scumbag aints gonna repay the 185 mil in Katrina money they stole from the American taxpayer and the residents of Nawleans, that they used to buy 8000 leather seats, build new luxury boxes, refurbish all thier kitchens, and buy new video screens? Do you think that money could have rebuilt the lower 9th? Karma is comin down fast and hard on the cheatin aints, federal drug investigation, and after the hurricane covers the city in oil, Brees pompous ass is going down from the madden curse. Hopefully he will be cheapshotted in the knee and ankle like Farve was 5 times. (don’t whine when there’s no flags!) Enjoy bragging about your rigged trip to the stupidblow, your’e about to get payback in spades.

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