Report: Saints coach Sean Payton destroyed locker room fire alarm

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The only thing hotter than the Saints offense Sunday was apparently Saints coach Sean Payton.

According to Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Payton smashed a fire alarm in the visiting locker room at Paul Brown Stadium.

The Bengals said they talked to local authorities about the damage, though it’s unclear what might come next.

“We are aware of this situation and have been in touch with the authorities, but have nothing more on it at this time,” the Bengals said in a statement to the paper. The Saints declined comment.

The alarm was going off 15 minutes before the game started, which Payton would have clearly preferred not to have been the case.

It didn’t affect their focus, as they scored touchdowns on their first five possessions en route to a 51-14 win.

29 responses to “Report: Saints coach Sean Payton destroyed locker room fire alarm

  1. According to the reporter before the game, that’s exactly what he wanted to happen. He was complaining about a 1pm game instead of a 4pm game and said he was going to do something to wake his team up.

  2. Vandalism is defined in Ohio as to “knowingly cause serious physical harm to an occupied structure or any of its contents.” Vandalism is a 5th degree felony and if convicted the penalties range from up to five years of probation, 6 to 12 months in prison and a fine not to exceed $2,500.

  3. Wonder what local or state ordinance, heck, what OSHA standard did this violate. It happened pre-game so the facility was full and he purposely disabled a safety device. This is as guy being a tuckus because he’s on a winning streak and full of himself at the moment.

  4. burgandy2260 says:
    November 11, 2018 at 7:26 pm
    Vandalism is defined in Ohio as to “knowingly cause serious physical harm to an occupied structure or any of its contents.” Vandalism is a 5th degree felony and if convicted the penalties range from up to five years of probation, 6 to 12 months in prison and a fine not to exceed $2,500.

    He has money so he will get off Scott free.

  5. I’d have smashed it too. Odds are, someone with the Bengals is responsible for the “malfunction”. Its not the first time dirty tricks have been played.

  6. Its actually a felony to destroy safety equipment in a place of business, witch is what a football stadium is.

  7. I think that everyone has been faced with a malfunctioning fire alarm, and likely everyone has wished that someone would quickly turn the wretched thing OFF (already). Some structures have a rule that only the local fire department can turn it off – and that could mean 35 minutes of senseless racket. I don’t blame him one little bit.

  8. Payton is a sour puss, little whiny baby. I dislike him almost as much as Rodgers, almost.

  9. The fire alarm put up more of a fight than the Bengals. It had to get hit twice before being destroyed.

    Saints won 51-14 and it wasn’t anywhere near that close.

  10. Reports said it was going off throughout the building so the Bengals were likely dealing with it too and it’s very unlikely that they did it on purpose.

    I don’t blame him for losing his cool, but I’m guessing he didn’t have any idea that disabling a fire alarm is a felony.

  11. A malfunctioning fire alarm is more dangerous to the public than a nonfunctioning one.

    If there are suspensions coming from this episode then it is the Bengals that should serve them for not keeping their safety equipment from acting unsafely.

    But I doubt anything will happen to anyone over this.

  12. If the penalty is 6 to 12 months..is simple misdeanorn regardless of whether it is called a third or fifth degree felony. Saints pay for damage, stadium officials agree with prosecutor to lower offense to infraction. Otherwise have nopd stop bengals next time they come to no and bust everyone for anything.

  13. All these haters would love nothing more than to have Sean Payton as their head coach. Guy inspires his team to play with confidence by…wait for it…coaching with confidence. And the haters will hate and draft early. Nothing better for his football team than to be subjected to 30 minutes of a blaring fire alarm right before kickoff. Probably should have just stood their while the stadium staff worked diligently to fix the problem. Or just moved the white board out onto the field and had pre-game there. I’m just thankful this Thanksgiving for all these fire safety experts on this board that can rattle off the penalties for damaging what was apparently the only fire alarm in Paul Brown Stadium this Sunday.

  14. Wondered why the Saints had Brees go over the top on a 4th and goal from the one when the game was well, well in hand. Glad Vontaze wasn’t in there. Despite the beatdown, still like Brees.

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