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This could be bad......

Guys I hope this stuff is not true and it just a former employee out to get a buck. But I am afraid of what the implications will be should even part of this be true: Here's what WIST's and NOPF's Kenny Wilkerson can confirm at this time.

Former Saints director of security Geoff Santini has sued the Saints, alleging that senior staff members abused and covered up the abuse of Vicodin stolen from the Saints' training room.

Santini sued essentially for lost wages, for the money he would have had coming to him per his contract and his expected earnings through his retirement. Santini resigned because he felt the Saints were asking him to commit multiple felonies.

The Saints never had the option to 'buy' the silence of Santini, who resigned before the season in August of 2009. That was the first indication that something was amiss in the organization.

Santini before the 2009 season sought out US Attorney Jim Letten and NFL Security for advice on how to handle the evidence that he had uncovered.

That evidence included audio recordings of Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis. The recordings contain Payton and Loomis instructing Santini to suppress evidence in the Vicodin theft and abuse allegations.

Saints head trainer Scottie Patton waited roughly four months before coming to management with the ongoing problem of missing Vicodin pills. Santini was made aware of the issue and was instructed to conduct an investigation.

The Saints underestimated Santini's ability, and were shocked that he discovered Sean Payton and Joe Vitt as culprits of the missing Vicodin. It was at that time that Loomis directed Santini to lose the evidence.

The Jefferson Parish police have had conversations with Saints owner Tom Benson and discussed with him the evidence that has been procured by Santini.

In those meetings, Tom Benson was told to this effect: obviously Mickey and Sean have no idea who they were messing with in Santini.

The Saints have declined to return phone calls and messages from WIST's and NOPF's Kenny Wilkerson.

Wilkerson speculates that more to this story is expected to come, and this story is just scratching the surface of other possible wrongdoings at Saints headquarters, and that news brought to light by the lawsuit may result in fines, suspensions and dismissals of individuals involved in this case.
May 04, 2010 at 11:22am
4 Comments
Bucktail1 Profile Photo
Posted May 04, 2010 at 11:37am
I hope not

Sounds to me like a disgruntled ex employee trying to get back at the organization. I doubt very seriously that someone in a head coach\'s position would be stealing, especially something that is so closely monitored as prescription medication.

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cajunhopper Profile Photo
Posted May 04, 2010 at 11:46am
2 words: Kenny Wilkerson

He's a boob and has an axe to grind with the Saints. Sounds like this Santini guy is pizzed that he wasn't part of the Superbowl team.

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trout assassin Profile Photo
Posted May 04, 2010 at 12:57pm
hmm

maybe so but if he has tapes and is contacting DA Jim Letton he must have something... never assume the integrity of a person whom u know nothing about... being a good coach and honest are two different things... If this article is true in that he has contacted the DA and has tapes to me it seems that the team is suspect and not the security guy

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cajunhopper Profile Photo
Posted May 04, 2010 at 2:25pm
remember

There are 3 sides to every story...............

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