New Details Emerge In New Orleans Saints Alleged Vicodin Cover Up

May 12th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Geoffrey Santini, the former security director for the New Orleans Saints has been at the center of the alleged drug scandal and theft within the organization.  On Wednesday, new details were released of Santini’s allegations that specify that the team’s general manager Mickey Loomis asked him to brush the Vicodin theft under the rug.

“I was witnessing crimes, and I wasn’t going to stand for that,” Santini said in an interview. “I did everything I could to save the people that were involved, but it just didn’t go that way. Mickey didn’t let it.”

Santini has sued the team, a suit that was filed back on April 30.  In the suit, Santini stated that a “senior member” of the organization was on video surveillance stealing Vicodin.  The suit states that Joe Vitt, an assistant head coach with the team was the man on the tape.  Head coach Sean Payton is also named in the lawsuit, however no where does it state that the Super Bowl winning coach participated in illegal activity.

In an interview with USA Today, Santini stated that he requested to Loomis that he disclose the information about the incident.

“I begged Mickey Loomis. I said ‘Now’s the opportunity to tell him everything. We can get this out on the table so at least the owner is fully aware. He owns the team. He’s the boss. And if we get him fully knowledgeable, then we’re safe.’ But Mickey didn’t want to do that,” Santini said to the newspaper.

Over the weekend, Payton was asked of the the situation, saying that it is too early to fully discuss it.

“Certainly, we understand the questions surrounding it, but I’m really not at liberty to” answer them,” Payton remarked.. “As time goes forward, well know more and more. … There just needs to be the correct steps. When you have a civil suit, those probably become more complicated. … That’s the thing that’s challenging.”

Serious consequences could occur if the allegations are proved to be true, that include the breaking of state law and federal law with respect  to possession of drugs.  Additionally, the failure to report the incident is also a crime.

This is a distraction that the defending Super Bowl champions do not need as they begin training camp in their quest to repeat their title.

USA Online Sportsbooks have the Saints among the favorites to win Super Bowl XLV with the team they defeated in Super Bowl XLIV in Indianapolis as the overall favorite to capture the championship.

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