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Saints Facing Vicodin Scandal?

By May 2, 2010

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The big news over the weekend, in case you missed it, involved allegations of a cover up in New Orleans in which a pair of high-ranking members of the Saints allegedly stole and/or misused the painkiller Vicodin from the team's drug locker.  As has been reported by numerous media outlets, the two officials in question are head coach Sean Payton and assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Vitt.

If there is any truth to the allegations, this, of course, is a huge bombshell of a story.  At this point, however, it's best to hold judgment until more facts are brought to light.  Or, as the case may be, they aren't.

The accuser, former director of security Geoffrey Santini, claims to have video and audio evidence of the wrongdoing and is suing the team for constructive discharge, alleging general manager Mickey Loomis tried to cover it all up.  So it seems at this point we either have an ex-employee with an axe to grind who is hoping to make a quick buck.  Or, if Santini can actually produce the incriminating tapes, we have a couple coaches caught with their hands in the cookie jar, who will have some serious explaining to do.

If it's the former and no real evidence ever surfaces, then the story will go away quickly.  But if it's the latter, the Saints face a scandal that could take a little luster off that Lombardi Trophy they landed just a few short months ago.


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