Sean Payton appears to wear Roger Goodell clown shirt

New Orleans Saints

Saints coach Sean Payton gave his season-ending press conference today, and he didn’t hide his disappointment about the bad call that went against his team in the NFC Championship Game. But he did hide a subtle message, on his undershirt.

Payton was wearing a quarter-zip shirt with a T-shirt under it. And eagle-eyed viewers noticed something odd about that T-shirt.

Look closely, and the shirt is one that shows NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell looking like a clown. It’s the same shirt that Lions head coach Matt Patricia wore when he was defensive coordinator of the Patriots, a clothing choice that had Goodell miffed at Patricia.

Payton’s choice of shirt was a subtle nod to the Saints fans who are livid with the NFL, both for the blown call and for Goodell’s lack of a public response. At least, it was subtle in the moment. Once people noticed what he was wearing, it became a shot across the bow at Goodell for what Payton — and many others around the league — view as a failure of leadership.

124 responses to “Sean Payton appears to wear Roger Goodell clown shirt

  1. The timing of the call makes it seem so bad. There were missed calls throughout the game. Payton and Saints fans need to get over and move on to the offseason and next season. Dwelling on this could cost them next year too. Get over it.

  2. Its not a sore loser…not sour grapes. Call one of the two clear penalties and the game is over. The game ended artificially and most sports fans agree…Vinovich was heckled in UTAH for goodness sake. This super bowl will forever be mired in controversy regardless of who wins.

    Sad but true.

    Super Fake.

  3. Lolz nice sense of humor.

    Saints got screwed by Goodell manufacturing bountygate claiming there were 100k email and texts that proved it, in the end having only 5 or 6 that kinda maybe a little bit indicated it.

  4. He’s been on the compition committee for years, but he only tries to get things changed when his team get jobbed.

  5. Goodell is not a clown. Clowns work hard to make people laugh, especially children. Goodell is an arrogant buffoon.

  6. Nice and subtle. He knew it would be noticed, but he has plausible deniability.

    While I may not agree with his specific grievance against the Goodell, I agree with the overall sentiment delivered.

  7. I actually had a fair amount of respect for the Saints organtization, FO and team before this debacle. But for them to act like this after they benefitted to a huge extent by ref blunders in week 16 against the Steelers, to even get them a home NFCCG is embarrassing. Unless you are advocating and suing to go all the way back to week 16 and replay that game, you are a hypocrite
    WHO DAT!

  8. Oh that Sean Payton is SO clever. Maybe, just maybe if he wasnt being clever with that play calling at the end of the game the Saints would be in the Super Bowl. YOU run the ball and take TIME off the clock and make the Rams burn their timeouts!….not pass the ball.

  9. It was a good call.

    You know I am only talking about the shirt.

    I guess if that clown had not already stole millions of dollars in the largest NFL fine ever he would have worn it on top.

  10. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    Its not a sore loser…not sour grapes. Call one of the two clear penalties and the game is over. The game ended artificially and most sports fans agree…Vinovich was heckled in UTAH for goodness sake. This super bowl will forever be mired in controversy regardless of who wins.

    Sad but true.

    Super Fake.
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    Love your change in attitude after the Saints lost.

  11. Nice. Even though it’s too late for a “do over”, Goodell (as usual) abandoned his leadership position by remaining silent and inactive. He is a clown.

  12. And I’m sure that, going forward, Payton will call out every bad call that benefits his team.

    Yes, it was a bad call, but this is childish.

  13. Oh, grow up. Goodell didn’t cause you to blow a 13-0 and 20-10 lead, to fail to run the ball on the final drive of regulation, or to lose in OT. In fact, he didn’t cause the one call you’re diverting the attention to in order to cover your own failings.

    You lost. Deal with it.

  14. Terrible no call, no doubt. Had he not been so arrogant and just run the clock out they would have been playing Sunday.

  15. sb44champs says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:14 pm
    Queue all the fans GET OVER IT lame comments. If it was your team you’d do the same exact thing.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It did happen to our team (Vikings) by your team. At least McVay and company didn’t pay his players extra money to deliberately injure Brees. They have class which is something your team knows nothing about.

  16. The game ended artificially. There was no winner in that game and there was no loser. That’s why this won’t go away.

  17. Everyone knows it was an epically bad call that likely affected the outcome of the game (though not for certain). And this action by Payton just shows why he and his organization deserve what happened to them. They stole the 2009 NFC championship and now the universe is paying them back. I won’t shed a tear.

  18. So Goodell is a clown because refs missed a call?
    I guess Payton is a clown because two of his DBs ran into each other last year and blew the end of the game?

  19. As soon as the Saints forfeit the Super Bowl XLIV trophy, I’ll take these concerns seriously. Until then, I’m living in Sean Payton’s and Saints fans heads rent-free.

    Sincerely,

    The Rog

  20. ARod…who was intentionally injured? Who got paid for it? How much? Tell us again why Tagliabue reinstated every, single suspended player.

    5 fumbles, 2 picks, 12 men.

  21. Goodell deserves all the mocking that can be leveled towards him and the arrogant organization that he heads. Maybe Sean Payton comes on a bit strong, but even Ram fans should acknowledge that they are imposters in the Super Bowl. They didn’t lead that game until the very final second of overtime, so take your gift of a birth in the “Big Game” and enjoy it. Stop trying to draw a false equivalency between a missed call (the face masking that the refs obviously didn’t see) with a series of “ignored calls” on the same play (Pass interference; helmet-to-helmet contact; hitting a defenseless receiver; unnecessary roughness) that several referees were looking right at but chose not to call. It’s not the same!!!

    If you really want to be objective about the officiating in the NFL Championship, why don’t you look at the several helmet-to-helmet hits leveled by Cory Littleton (one knocked the Saints starting TE out of the game), an obvious holding call by the Rams Right Tackle against Cam Jordan (watch the end zone replay from behind the QB, it’s so obvious) on the pass that Goff wonderfully dropped in the bucket to Brandin Cooks, and how can you deny on the game deciding interception that Brees was hit in the helmet as he passed?

    So please, quit the false equivalency and enjoy your gift. Good luck against the Patriots!

  22. J Huber says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    I simply don’t understand how this clown can be worth millions?
    ____________________________________________________________________________

    Because, the clown owners are paying him those millions to take the heat and TO be the best clown he knows how…. Unrelated to how he makes that money is the FACT that he still is a clown…

  23. It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. It doesn’t change the outcome. The Saints were on the other side in 2010 (roughing the passer non-call on interception with Vikings on 13 yard line), but I don’t see anybody running to return the XLIV trophy, and I don’t remember Vikings fans SUING the NFL to change the outcome either.

  24. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:09 pm
    Goodell is a clown. So is a head coach who calls a pass play on 1st and 10 when running out the clock would win the game

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    Apparently Payton DID call a run play, but it had a check to a pass if the Rams were blitzing. So, when the Rams were showing blitz Brees checked to the pass play.

  25. Failure of leadership? That would imply Goodell is a leader. The truth is Goodell is nothing more than a $40 million dollar per year errand boy for the owners. Goodell has no brains or vision, he just does what the ownership tells him and the goal is nothing more than being the worlds richest flunky.

  26. If true, it’s Sean Payton’s immaturity yet again showing itself for all to see. I’m a Saints fan, and I can say he’s got the maturity of a 6-year-old child.

  27. I know it’s been a couple of weeks, so maybe my memory is hazy. Was that horrible call the last play of the game? Or did the Saints still have the chance to take the lead with about 90 seconds left? Did their defense step up and make a stop or allow the Rams to tie the game? Once it went to overtime, didn’t the Saints win the coin toss? Based on the what everyone said after the Pats/Chiefs game, whoever wins the coin toss generally wins the game. Did the Saints take advantage of winning the toss in OT and march down and win…or did Brees throw a horribly timed interception? Once the ball was turned over, did the Saints keep the Rams out of FG range? If only those poor Saints had an opportunity (or two or three or four) to win.

  28. Go ahead and keep crying about it, I’m sure that is constructive in getting ready for the 2019 season. My prediction, the Saints will carry this forward and the consequence is 3 less wins.

  29. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:43 pm
    ARod…who was intentionally injured? Who got paid for it? How much? Tell us again why Tagliabue reinstated every, single suspended player.

    5 fumbles, 2 picks, 12 men.
    ————————————————-
    What about the coach, gm, and defensive coordinator? It’s those little details that get in the way of every good story!

  30. Dear Coach Payton,

    We have ordered you a life long supply of BOUNTY paper towels to dry your salty tears.

    Sincerely,

    Every other NFL coach who has been impacted by a bad call and/or your team targeting our players for injury.

    PS- Next year maybe run the ball when comfortably ahead

  31. Saints fans are bitter because last year it was a missed tackle and this year it was a missed call that ended their playoff runs. Both however could have been avoided so you dont have anyone to blame but yourselves. There were missed calls on both sides that could have changed the outcome of that game. Time to move one.

  32. Goodell is bad for the NFL. He makes the league a joke. However, the non-call in the NFC CG is not his fault and he cannot overturn the results based on that single play. There is no guarantee that the Saints would have won the game had the penalty been called. Replaying the game is not practical, since the team that wins will have played one more game than the Patriots and has one less week to prepare.

  33. No one is talking about the calls the saints benefited from earlier in the game that were not called and hurt the Rams. There were at least two. The refs let the players play. Get over it. It should have been called but it wasn’t. The refs were consistent. Period. Let it go.

  34. I THINK this story is SO o overblown and over reported. It’s not like this was the first blown call in a playoff game.

    I THINK that Payton would like us to forget about his clock management at the end of the game and the multiple execution failures of the Saints in OT.

    BUT wearing the Clown T-shirt in his press conference elevates Payton into every Pats fans’ HOF. That was just SOOOOOOO cool. It brought a smile to my face when I read about it.

  35. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    The game ended artificially. There was no winner in that game and there was no loser. That’s why this won’t go away.
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    I watched it and am pretty sure it ended after a field goal in overtime. Not sure what you mean by artificially.

  36. The pass play call worked, caught the safety way out of position, Just had the official with cataracts and glaucoma with his back to the play.

  37. Exactly why i don’t like Mr Bounty Gate. Classless and clueless that he was on the other side of ref calls 10 years ago. Maybe Sean should take lessons from Brees because he has more class and integrity in his pinky than Payton has in his whole miserable body.

  38. This is the same guy that paid his players to injure and jeopardize the livelihoods of other men and then tried to cover it up…I feel zero sympathy for this pos.

  39. The ironic part is if the Saints had handled this debacle with any sort of class, the vast majority of sports fans would have gone to bat for them. The way this is going, their the ones that will be remembered as “clowns”.

  40. many of us pats fans already loved payton for his guts to stand up to Goobels, not to mention his humiliation of manning in the super bowl. seeing roger the rat having to hand the trophy to payton would have been almost as good as forcing him to share the stage with belichick – almost.

  41. Nothing is going to bring back the moment the obvious DPI happened. If it were a ball about to land in the receivers waiting arms I could see this amount of outcry 10 days after fact. That ball was less than a 25% chance of being caught. That deep pass jump ball where the Rams Safety played it like a punt and he was the only person there to catch it was a gift, Brees audibling out of a run play to throw a slant at his receivers feet was a horrible decision. Bottom line, the Saints played a C+ game….pretty much how they played their last 6 games. Its was going to catch up to them eventually.

  42. It did happen to our team (Vikings) by your team. At least McVay and company didn’t pay his players extra money to deliberately injure Brees. They have class which is something your team knows nothing about.
    ======================================
    Hahaha then why did Favre come out shortly after and say they had the same exact program in Minnesota? Tagliabue rescinded all player suspensions and said Goodell shouldn’t have penalized one team for a culture taking place around the entire league. Plus the Saints had the 2nd fewest opponent injuries in the so-called 3 year bounty era. Truth hurts.

  43. tired of all the comments stating Saints fans need to move on… The Saints fans arent the ones writing the articles and the Saints fans arent the ones on every sports broadcast discussing the missed call… Like me, most Saints fans have moved on with their lives and look forward to next season… Goodell is a clown though…

  44. Another day of crying from the saints. Way to be a leader, Payton. Whos to say they woulda nailed the fg if they were able to run out the clock? Anyone else remember when the saints played week 17 a few years back and scored a Td on the final play and woulda went to OT with the made extra point(back when the attempt was snapped at the 2 yard line) and they missed it? That’s what I think would have happened here. Quit crying.

  45. 13 point lead at home and couldn’t finish. I get it, it feels better to put the blame on the refs and not your head coach or super selfish expensive qb. Drew can take less money next year to give the saints a chance to go back with a better roster and better defense but we all know that isn’t going to happen.

  46. Drew Brees can’t bail you out every time and make an average coach look great. Look in the mirror Sean. You have one of the greatest QB’s of all time, and only one super bowl. That’s on you.

  47. Goodell is employed by the owners. His #1 job is to make them a lot of money. His #2 job is to take the heat, so they don’t have to take it. He currently does both jobs to satisfy his bosses. They won’t be in any hurry to get rid of him.

  48. IF it truly is that clown shirt, he should own it like Patricia did and stop hiding behind it. Own it like a man.

  49. People seem to forget that Goodell cost Payton seven million dollars with his BS bountygate investigation that his predecessor tossed out. Of course he despies Roger. Who wouldn’t over $7,000,000

  50. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:12 pm
    Its not a sore loser…not sour grapes. Call one of the two clear penalties and the game is over. The game ended artificially and most sports fans agree…Vinovich was heckled in UTAH for goodness sake. This super bowl will forever be mired in controversy regardless of who wins.

    Sad but true.

    Super Fake.
    —————————————————————
    Are you talking about the hands to the face or the facemask, either one the Rams would probably still win.

  51. 2 things here…1. Regardless if Payton called a run play or Brees audibled to a pass play on first down that’s just plain stupid and then to call ANOTHER pass play on 3rd down which resulted in the non call. 2. I just love how Saints fans are thoroughly convinced that had the call been made they would have won no matter what. I guess the Saints in no way,shape or form could shank the FG or have it blocked. Not to mention there would have more then likely been enough time for the Rams to drive for a game tying FG.

  52. Is Sean Payton suggesting that Goodell had his hands on the outcome of the game? If not, why is he blaming Goodell for that blown call?

  53. Payton ought to look to his QB for an example of how to act with class — whether it’s on the sidelines, at a press conference, or in the training room medicine cabinet.

  54. So Payton it’s ok when you cheat, but if a ref makes a mistake you blame the entire planet? Biggest baby in the league!

  55. I kinda hope it’s not that shirt. I mean it’s absolutely hilarious if he is wearing one, but he’s kinda a wuss for almost wearing it.

  56. Sean Payton talks a tough game, like giving the choke symbol…and then losing. Are we really celebrating the fact that he didn’t even have the balls to wear, but he showed “just enough” to give Goodell a middle finger? At least Patricia had the balls to wear it. Don’t act tough and then cover the shirt with a sweater and act like you’re taking a shot at the commissioner. You lost, get over it. If you had run the ball 3 times, you’d be in the Super Bowl anyway.

  57. We all know how addicted to cash that Goodell is….. how about wearing a Sean Payton shirt with a clown nose! Name your price, commish……I’m buying!!

  58. Sean Payton is clearly a very good NFL head coach but it would nice to see him grow up a little bit.

  59. boisestatewhodat says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:26 pm
    The game ended artificially. There was no winner in that game and there was no loser. That’s why this won’t go away.

    ———-

    Actually the game did end quite officially when the team with the most points won.

  60. Goodell had absolutely nothing to do with that call. Saints are really coming across as SUPER sore losers about all this.

  61. If you’re going to wear it then own it. Don’t half way have it showing, at least Matt Patricia last year was man enough to fully wear his shirt without covering half of it up.

  62. Don’t blame Payton’s play calling. There o-line had hurt players and their rushing efforts were nil. Rams were expecting short passes to Kamera or Thomas. Taking a chance on a long pass is not crazy. Brees thought the player was open so don’t blame him.

    If you think The Saints fans are sore losers, the level of anger would be the same if this happened to any other team. I would be surprised if other fans would say this was a good non-call.

  63. New Orleans Saints players, owner, organization and then City need to suck it up and understand their quarterback threw an interception in overtime that’s why they lost

  64. Just shameful. That botched officiating job quite possibly changed the outcome of the SB. This Saints team was in prime position to win the SB, help Brees get his 2nd ring, and secure his legacy.

  65. The non call was a disgrace for sure. But with Paytons play call being two passes instead of runs where they were at…. You could also make a shirt with Payton as the clown.

  66. Goodell didn’t call pass plays when the Saints needed to burn the clock. Goodell didn’t fail to score a TD, instead kicking a FG that let the Rams come back & tie it up. Goodell didn’t throw an INT in OT and then fail to prevent the Rams from scoring.

    The Saints had lots of chances to win, and didn’t. That’s on them.

  67. “You must never be satisfied with losing. You must get angry, terribly angry about losing. But the mark of a good loser is that he takes his anger out on himself and not his victorious opponents or his teammates.” Richard M. Nixon

  68. If the Saints had somehow managed to win that game despite no-call, would Payton and Saints fans be crying for booth reviews of PI? No…they’d be saying “hey…that’s part of the game, but good teams overcome it.”

  69. ThrowTheBones says:
    January 30, 2019 at 12:51 pm
    It’s not the first, it won’t be the last. It doesn’t change the outcome. The Saints were on the other side in 2010 (roughing the passer non-call on interception with Vikings on 13 yard line), but I don’t see anybody running to return the XLIV trophy, and I don’t remember Vikings fans SUING the NFL to change the outcome either.
    +++
    It’s because of one thing. Fans want all calls to be inforced when a foul is committed against our favourite team. Conversely, fouls committed by our favourite team should be ignored.

    The Saints/Vikings, beat the crap out of Farve, game comes to mind.

    Do you really think if the Saints were in the Super Bowl this year but, the Rams were the one’s on the wrong end of the same call, those same Saint’s fans would be screaming at the same level they are now?

    Nope. They wouldn’t care.

    Was it a bad no call. Yes. It’s definitely not the first one in NFL history. It won’t be the last either.

  70. There is an Andy Griffith episode where Opie enters the 100 yd. dash and loses the race. He heads home upset and his father Andy watches him. When Andy comes home to talk with Opie about why he didn’t stay to congratulate his teammates, Opie says he was upset and that they took his medal. Andy says he is disappointed in him and that makes Opie think about his father being upset. Opie comes by the court house the next day to ask why he needed to be happy about losing. When Andy explains that is ok to be upset about losing but to always congratulate those that win whether you loose or not.

  71. Could THIS be event that brings down the Commish? Maybe.

    Forget the no-call. Forget Saints-Rams. It is Super Bowl week, and social media is buzzing about a coach (arguably one of the best coaches in the league) wearing a shirt depicting Goodell as a clown.

    if I’m one of the 32 owners, this is embarrassing.

  72. Will steelers fans have several seats with this pi call where their db arm bared kamara in the back where he couldnt jump for a pass thrown to him..and this happened in the FIRST QTR. Just shut up. Your team quit and didnt even make the playoffs after losing 6 or 7 games in a row. 1 pi call in the 1st qtr of one game cost your quiting team NOTHING. This is not even remotely in the category of what happened to the saints.

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