Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Kerrzy’s Notebook: Not So Saintly?

There’s trouble a-brewing in New Orleans these days.

Months after an impressive season ended with a Super Bowl, the former director of security for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, Geoffrey Santini, has filed a lawsuit regarding the theft of prescription drugs from the team’s drug locker.

Santini, who is also a former FBI agent, refers to the alleged culprits as Senior Staff Member’s A and B in his lawsuit, but reports are surfacing that head coach Sean Payton and his assistant Joe Vitt are the ones being accused of stealing 130 Vicodin tablets over a four month period early last year.

According to Sports Illustrated, each NFL team’s training staff keeps prescription medication “under lock and key” and gives it out if the team doctor prescribes it. At the end of the year, each team then has to account for the drugs it gives out.

It gets more interesting: Saints GM Mickey Loomis could also be in trouble for attempting to cover up the theft of prescription drugs, which is a felony.

Santini claims that Vitt was being prescribed Vicodin for a medical problem, but was stealing additional pills and that Payton didn’t have a prescription but was using them.

The SI article says Loomis had a security camera installed that caught Vitt stealing pills, but that when Santini told Loomis this was a crime that had to be reported – he was told to “let it go.”

Could it get more interesting, do you think? Absolutely.

Apparently Santini told the team that for $2-million he wouldn’t file the suit, but the team didn’t budge.

Basically this is what it all boils down to: If Payton and Vitt could be in big trouble for stealing prescription drugs and Loomis could be reprimanded for covering it up. If they didn’t do it though, we’ve then got a former FBI agent that made up a story with some big time accusations.

Either way, it should be fun to see how this all unravels.

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