Sean Payton links upcoming election to needed change

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Most members of the NFL community who have spoken out about recent events have done so apolitically, giving statements that don’t mention any particular election or elected official. Saints coach Sean Payton has made a different kind of statement.

Payton today posted two pictures on Twitter, one of George Floyd and one of Ahmaud Arbery, and wrote a brief statement that referenced the upcoming election.

“Were Murdered not Killed on Video. How many have we not seen? 22 weeks from today for change,” Payton wrote.

That’s not quite an endorsement of Joe Biden or a denunciation of Donald Trump, but it’s clear that Payton believes America needs a change on Election Day, which is 22 weeks from today.

Football coaches rarely make waves politically, but Payton must feel strongly enough about the recent events in America — and secure enough in his position — to finally say enough is enough.

86 responses to “Sean Payton links upcoming election to needed change

  1. Kudo to you Mr. Payton. The more the enlightened citizens of our nation speak up against police brutality and racism, the better off our country will be. Don’t worry haters, you’ll still get your football.

  2. Yes, 22 weeks until you are able to vote for a 78 year old white man who said if you don’t vote for him, “you ain’t black.”

    But keep believing you aren’t perpetuating the problem by choosing the “lesser of two evils.” Pathetic.

  3. Well, I guess going from an egomanical madmen to a sexual predator may be a step up. As I said back in 2016.. Really? Is this is the best we can do?

  4. So then Obama was responsible for Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown by that same logic

  5. Here is a hint to the media. We do not CARE what athletes and celebs opinions are. Meida makes it seem like their opinions carry much more weight than the common person’s. And these people are so far out of touch with reality anyway

  6. So, did he say that when people were killed by cops when Obama was President and Biden was Vice-president?

  7. Somehow, I don’t think he is talking about throwing out the Democrats who totally control Minneapolis or in any of the other Democrat-controlled cities that are complete disasters.

    These protests are nothing more than anti-Trump rallies. At least the media and the protesters aren’t pretending they are about Mr. Floyd anymore. The looters are like the guy in Forrest Gump who hits Jenny and blames President Johnson for why he did it.

  8. I recall the last administration having quite a few problems with race riots and burning cities. But Biden seems to forget that….

  9. Props to Payton! Yesterday the leader of the “free world” was old fashioned scary! Another 4 years with this guy QB-ing America! Need to pull the plug on this experiment.

  10. Joe Biden to his donors: “nothing will fundamentally change”. We’re screwed with either of those two jerks. America deserves better choices than Trump and Biden.

  11. Well, I guess going from an egomanical madmen to a sexual predator may be a step up. As I said back in 2016.. Really? Is this is the best we can do?

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    Trump is actually an admitted sexual predator so i’m not sure this is a valid point.

  12. Absolutely need a change. Anyone who votes (again?!) for Trump isn’t very bright (and probably a racist).

  13. Trump supporters won’t be able to vote in 22 weeks, because they will be too busy posting 100 comments on every football story in order to criticize the media that they are choosing to read and comment on.

  14. I learned long ago speaking out on politics or religion is often treading on thin ice.
    Just saying…

  15. What this country NEEDS is better candidates to run for office. I’m not one who should (believe me), but we need good people to be in office to make positive change. Enough with the lifelong politicians who have had plenty of time and done nothing. We do need change, but until we stop electing the same ole, same ole…nothing will ever change. Trump was elected based off of this premise…Right or wrong he was elected because people were tired of the same rhetoric and no results. If you want him out…GO VOTE. I personally think we can do better all across the board! Now let’s start electing people who care about the American people, lets be willing to meet half way, let’s do some homework on who we electing, let’s care about our country…GO VOTE…CARE!!! We make the change…not them. We have the power…not them!

  16. If you want change vote for Jo Jorgansen. This two party system is coming off the hinges. Try something different. Some much hypocrisy in American politics.

  17. daysend564 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:44 pm
    No president is going to stop people from committing crimes.
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    This.

  18. @ForWhomTheBellTolls
    But in fairness, Biden forgets pretty much everything nowadays..
    #YouKnowTheThing

  19. @666football666
    Exactly what makes a football coach ‘enlightened’ about anything other than football?

  20. No politician is going to save your life. You are responsible for fixing your own life. Name one time a politician fixed someone’s life for them.

  21. Cryptker says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    I have my own mind I don`t need to listen to you or your opinion!
    ___________

    Aaaaaand this is the problem. Closed-minded people.

  22. Mike that’s quite a week. He didn’t say anything about National elections? How do you know it’s presidential? Wishful thinking!

  23. I agree everyone should vote, but when are we going to get someone worth voting for?

    Politicians play lip service to the issues, then sit on their ass when they get in office. I’ve been reading about police brutality for almost 30 years, and very little has changed. Every year, I’ve been left wondering “why did the cop reach for his gun, when the other person was unarmed?” or running away, or the cop has a taser, or or or….

    “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
    So VOTING = insanity?

    Is voting Democrat going to change things? Which is what Sean Payton is suggesting… history suggests otherwise. Why do you think there are so many pissed off people protesting?

  24. “Change we can believe in” we heard that from Obama, what was the result, the anger in the country just got worse. All the blame these people are throwing around and they ignore the burning and looting. These paper thin fools never speak out about the high murder rate in Black communities, god forbid, because the outrage and race card would be deafening in the aftermath. The selective outrage is a joke. No one should be murdered by LEO, but count the black on black murder rate in this country. It has no equal, but they never protest, burn and loot in anger about that.

  25. Usually Right says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm
    Mike that’s quite a week. He didn’t say anything about National elections? How do you know it’s presidential? Wishful thinking!
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    My fault, should have read: quite a reach. Stupid voice text. Now that’s something we all should be able to Addriane!

  26. Usually Right says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:24 pm
    Mike that’s quite a week. He didn’t say anything about National elections? How do you know it’s presidential? Wishful thinking!
    ————————-

    My fault, should have read: quite a reach. Stupid voice text. Now that’s something we all should be able to Agree on!

  27. Precisely what you’d expect from the fans of a South Louisiana team, racist BS! You’ve stood by and continued to blindly support this lawless POTUS, and you didn’t want to even see his taxes, but you sure wanted to see Obama’s birth cert. I’m so sick of hearing about Socialism being equal to Communism, yet using your military to control your civilian population is what a Communistic regime does. If you support Trump still, you’re devoid of critical thought.

  28. Kind of ironic you got a guy that was fined and kicked out of the league for putting bounties on opposing players lecturing on violence and how we need better leadership. Hey pot meet kettle.

  29. Yep BIG changes coming in Nov like getting all these do-nothing governors and mayors out of office that are standing by idle while their cities and states burn to the ground!

  30. The country, indeed does require change. However, it starts at the local and state levels. We’ve changed Presidents, we’ve changed majority control of the each party. Nothing has been done to make change. We need to vote these folks who are lifers OUT. This isnt a newly found problem that just occured under our current political climate. It was there during previous administrations (not its not Obama’s fault either). We must get new blood into all area’s of office.

  31. bkinacti0n says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:23 pm
    Cryptker says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    I have my own mind I don`t need to listen to you or your opinion!
    ___________

    Aaaaaand this is the problem. Closed-minded people.

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    There’s no way you see the irony in your own statement is there?

  32. Is it logical to think that if every elected official in this country, from local dog catcher to the President, was from a different political party, that no police officer would ever go lunatic rogue?

  33. Marc in Bakersfield says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:57 pm
    Trump supporters won’t be able to vote in 22 weeks, because they will be too busy posting 100 comments on every football story in order to criticize the media that they are choosing to read and comment on.

    We’ll still be cleaning up from people with your mindset, Marc.

  34. LOOK! Another partisan idiot that thinks their candidate is humanity’s savior! Because Joe Biden will eradicate racism! He will do what millions before him could not! Because the police just started murdering black people in 2016, I guess. Because this wasn’t happening under Obama and every other president we’ve ever had…

  35. fishfan77 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm
    Well, I guess going from an egomanical madmen to a sexual predator may be a step up. As I said back in 2016.. Really? Is this is the best we can do?
    _______________________________________________________________
    You’ve just identified 45 twice….

  36. “That’s not quite an endorsement of Joe Biden or a denunciation of Donald Trump, but it’s clear that Payton believes America needs a change on Election Day, which is 22 weeks from today.”

    My, how disingenuous and intellectually dishonest of a hollow claim that is! I’m capable of my own critical thinking. And I require to use but a modicum of that which I possess to see through blatantly liberal opinion editorializing.

  37. if y’all would focus on and try to behave as Jesus we would be better off.
    this country/world is in real trouble with either of these two.
    you’re going to spend eternity somewhere, better prepare.
    BTW, go Ravens!!

  38. kickedintheteethagain says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:20 pm
    @666football666
    Exactly what makes a football coach ‘enlightened’ about anything other than football?
    ________________________________________________________________________________
    Seriously? I’m sorry you don’t know what enlightenment means.

  39. ForWhomTheBellTrolls says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm
    I recall the last administration having quite a few problems with race riots and burning cities. But Biden seems to forget that…

    And after those riots he set up a committee and instituted federal oversight of local police forces who have any unnecessary force complaints against them. Also the Obama administration was putting an end to the supply of military gear (tactical vehicles, grenade launchers, bayonets!) to the police. When armed studies have shown a significant increase of their use and violence.

    These steps were all stopped with the Trump administration saying they didn’t want to micromanage the police department’s. Perhaps you remember a Trump speaking to a police force about not having to be nice to criminals anymore and not protecting them when they get placed in back of a car.

    A well meaning president can do things that help even if they can’t outright fix the issues, but an incompetent / reckless one like we have now truly sets us back.

  40. I’m sick and tired of people blaming this on the POTUS!!
    He did not do this crime. Everyone always wants to blame him for what is wrong.
    With that logic are you blaming Obama for Martin and the Ferguson stuff?
    The problem is the person and his or her logic and thinking. Racism does not belong anywhere. But laying the blame on Trump for this is ridiculous and feeding into the media agenda

  41. The sitting President tear gassed citizens so he could go take a picture in front of a church. Anyone still supporting this dummy is just as bad he is at this point. Freedom of speech, it’s the first one. You don’t hire a janitor to fly a plane. He’s unqualified for the job.

  42. Trump had NOTHING to do with what has happened the last week. Individual American citizens made poor choices and now we have problems. American citizens created this mess. Not trump.

  43. My team’s coach and owner made powerful statements and I’m proud of them! Where are the other 31 owners?

  44. So Obama was so average that he got Trump elected, yet the democrats think the best they have is Biden? A dumber version of what the American people voted out of 4 years ago.

    Trump isn’t great, but he’s light years ahead of Biden.

  45. alwayscheatthecap says:
    June 2, 2020 at 1:21 pm
    No politician is going to save your life. You are responsible for fixing your own life. Name one time a politician fixed someone’s life for them.

    Pretty sure President Trump just passed prison reform and directly impacted many African Amercian lives and fixed Alice Johnson’s life, no?

  46. donato77 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 12:56 pm

    Absolutely need a change. Anyone who votes (again?!) for Trump isn’t very bright (and probably a racist).
    ___________

    So you’ve called tens of millions of people racists because they don’t agree with you. Do you think you’ve improved race relations today?

  47. Coaches, professional athletes or celebrities…not where I go to form my political opinion.

  48. We need a real president with true leadership. Trump doesn’t have it. What he has is make America racist again.

  49. Codylaws says:
    June 2, 2020 at 4:16 pm
    We need a real president with true leadership. Trump doesn’t have it. What he has is make America racist again.

    Was Ferguson, MO Obama’s fault? How about when a black man sat atop the Bank of America building in Dallas, Texas and picked off cops down below on the street with a sniper rifle. Was that Obama’s fault? Just curious.

  50. This isn’t linked to our current president though, this issue has been present for a while, even when we had an African-American president

  51. Sorry Sean, but no one running for election this year is going to pass a law to replay Super Bowl LIII with the Saints instead of the Rams.

  52. truevision21 says:
    June 2, 2020 at 2:52 pm
    Amen. Vote hate out!

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    Yes. All the Democrats that have done nothing but spew hate since Trump was elected. If Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler, Schumer, Watters, Harris and many others would go, this country would be a better place and things could actually get better.

  53. Reading the comments here and looking at the ratings, one thing is for sure–if people reading PFT were in charge, NOTHING WOULD CHANGE. The racism runs deep.

  54. The change that Payton was talking about in the upcoming election is telling the Blue states to vote Red. All this chaos in these cities are run by Democrats.

  55. – @ seanismorriscom
    You bring up a good point.
    ” Is voting Democrat going to change things? ”

    Actually, Obama had created a task force to review and recommend
    policy changes in the way Police engage the public and when it is
    permissible to use lethal force. His time to implement changes ran out.

    Once the Trump Admin came in, the report was immediately trashed.
    As your ” law and order president “, you can be sure he not only
    backs the present rules of engagement, but also wants to expand them.
    Trump himself said the police need to ‘dominate’ and berated the
    Governers and police for not being more aggressive.
    Trump wants a tougher stand.

    And if that is not enough, then he’ll find a way to bring in the military.
    He is already pushing for making more use of the National Guard
    More show of power, more aggression, more conflict, higher tension.
    Is the BILL of RIGHTs still relevant?

    Either way, change is coming. More force, or finding a new way.
    The powder keg or make some necessary societal changes.
    Vote and you get a say in which direction to take.

    As it is, America is burning and her people are hurting.
    Payton is right to ask people top get engaged and vote.
    Can’t blame him for that. Shows he cares. Do you?

    ” So VOTING = insanity? ”

    No, insanity is not caring enough to vote and
    to make your voice heard.

  56. It’s hilarious how triggered the snowflake MAGA are in this thread!

    Clearly the changes he promotes start from the top, so yes feel insecure over who you back.
    The thing is though, this is more about the local and state elections, where MAGA has greatly struggled. The actions of this last week have done at least one thing for sure, energized the youth and minority voters. Those are groups that tend to not vote in as high of numbers . Those are groups that are going to clean up a lot of the old guard from the bottom up.

    Be afraid MAGA snowflakes, be very afraid.

  57. it does not matter whom we vote in a the President if the senate and congress stay the same! Time to get out and vote for anyone who is not in office currently! Republican or Democrat it does not matter just replace them all starting this election. with some of these career public servants it has less public service and more career, time to get them all out!

  58. Regardless of what side of the political isle you’re on…it is illogical, to say the least, to somehow blame Trump for the civil and racial unrest currently going on while at the same time…removing Obama from any blame associated with racial division that existed between 2009-2017. This includes Ferguson, Missouri. It’s partisan nonsense to think that way.

  59. It’s going to be a BLUE TSUNAMI on November 3rd! I’ll check back for you whiners on Nov 4th.

  60. is everyone commenting here from Alabama? It’s just like the flu. It’ll be gone by Easter. Isn’t Kansas City in Kansas?

  61. Seems those that believe the president is the source of the police problem are the same ones who believe riots and looting is acceptable.

  62. Gosh, for someone who hired a defensive coordinator and told him to have his players target people he sure is arrogant.

  63. You’ll get the same ol same ol with any democrat or republican. If you want any kinda chance at change thru the ballot box, start voting for Libertarians.

  64. Everyone who wants Socialism should take a long look at how bad things are in Venezuela . Before they became a Socialist country they were a very prosperous country but now people have no food and have to dig through the garbage for food and if you even look at the Police they’ll beat you up. On top of that the power is only turned on for 8 hours a day and people mug other people all the time for food. It is bad down there so think twice about who you vote for before you vote.

  65. Take a long hard look at your local elected officials. They are the ones pulling the strings in these police forces.

  66. Always surprises me when people who depend on the paying public for their livelihood take sides politically. Elections are what, 50-50 between candidates of opposing parties? So these celebrities immediately put off or offend half of the people who will be choosing to pay to see them. Or to not see them.

    Well if they’re not any smarter than that, what is their opinion worth?

  67. If anyone thinks politicians can really fix this has not been paying attention. We need people smarter than politicians to come up answers. Creating new laws is a small part. We need to see the value in all life and have a basic respect for human beings.

    Politicians set a poor example by the way they treat each other. We should demand they stop the splitting of American with their words. That’s what would be a positive step for American.

  68. Including the Trump years, we’ve had 24 years of republicans and 20 years of democrats in the oval office since the Carter administration. Has anything fundamentally changed in that time. Why do we keep voting these people in? Neither party really believes in individual liberty. They believe you should only have the freedoms they think you should have. A different direction is far over due. I’m gonna vote for Jo Jorgensen.

  69. Get rid of the career politicians no matter who they are. Congressional term limits. Nothing is going to change ever until that changes.

  70. Sean Payton is awesome, period. This is the most important thing anyone needs to say. It’s so absurd that anyone thinks the election is not critical and blows it off, that’s how we ended up in this situation after having the first black president. Politicians HAVE to be part of the fix or it won’t get fixed.

  71. I completely agree with Sean! This horrific event took place in Ilhan Omar’s district, Jacob Frey’s city, and Tim Walz and Keith Ellison’s state. They all need to go.

  72. It is amazing to me to read some of these comments talking about who real Americans are or how the election is between the looters and the workers. The other thing that amazes me is how anyone even someone with the lowest possible IQ Score can listen to and watch what Trump has been doing for all of these years and think it is a good idea to re-elect this amoral sociopath for President. Talk about disrespecting the flag and the county. Allowing this man to sit in the White House and continue to be the President of the United States is disrespecting the flag and the country more so than someone kneeling Respectfully I might add during the anthem, which was also something that a veteran of our amazing military suggested be done to draw awareness to his cause.

    Trump is a fake patriot. John McCann dedicated his entire life to serving our country not only as a politician but as a solider as well, and spent years imprisoned as a POW and lived through years or tortures and abuses non of us could imagine. And this draft dodging sociopath had the nerve to attack a true great American for being a POW. I cannot see how anyone can support Trump as being this great Patriot or American after what he said and did to John McCann. How could anyone now take him seriously for going after people for expressing a view point in a respectful way by kneeling during the anthem when this fake patriot sociopath mocks our soldiers and POW’s?

    You cant have it both ways as Trump so often believes he can The bottom line is Trump has publicly mocked one of the greatest Americans of our lifetimes service in the military to our country something that none of these football players have done.

    You cant sit here and argue that Trump or any of the MAGA cult are somehow a real American while the rest of us are not because we don’t agree with their point of view. You also can’t paint Trump as this amazing patriot or as an honorable man when he publicly mocks the service of our soldiers.

    If you want to be a good American do a service for this country and show true respect to our flag and military vote this guy out in November. Biden may not be the greatest choice but we can no longer let this sociopath and his cult hijack and destroy our great country for any longer. 22 more weeks of this nightmare is 22 weeks too long if you ask me.

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