Sean Payton

The New Orleans Saints have put the lid on their can of vicodin, um, worms.

In the lawsuit, which was filed April 30, Santini claimed the Saints attempted to cover up both the theft and improper distribution of prescription Vicodin pills at the team’s facility.

Santini’s lawyer, Donald Hyatt II, said going to arbitration blocks either side from publicly discussing the case.

For now, the move also at least temporarily blocks the public release of video and audio recordings that Santini said he made to protect himself and others who were participating in the alleged cover-up for fear of losing their jobs.

Hyatt has said the video shows the theft of Vicodin pills by a senior staff member who was later identified as linebackers coach Joe Vitt. The audio recordings Santini made allegedly caught team trainers Scottie Patton and Kevin Mangum discussing orders from general manager Mickey Loomis to forge entries in official prescription drug logs to cover up the thefts.

“The sudden assertion of the arbitration agreement … was somewhat of a surprise given that a draft of the complaint was provided to defendant prior to filing,” Santini’s motion stated.

The Saints have taken a much needed timeout from all the negative publicity they are receiving with this move for arbitration.

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Sean Payton (above).

Former FBI agent New Orleans Saints Security Director Geoffrey Santini had some interesting things to say today about his former team:

When Santini was called to meet with owner Tom Benson, he appealed to Loomis one more time. Santini alleges that Loomis had shared only certain details with the owner and told Benson that Payton had a medical condition to take Vicodin.

“I begged Mickey Loomis,” Santini said. “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.

“He was protecting Payton. That day pretty much ended it for me.”

And amid suggestions that Santini’s lawsuit amounts to extortion (as we’ve previously explained, it doesn’t), Santini was blunt regarding his motivation.  “I was witnessing crimes, and I wasn’t going to stand for that,” Santini said.  “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 also said he has no “ill will” against the team, and that his goal was to “save” the team from itself with respect to the temptation to cover up the Vicodin issue.

Wow.  This isn’t even like a Dr. House Vicodin fiend situation.  Payton didn’t have a prescription.  But don’t worry, Saints fans.  This is the NFL.  It doesn’t matter that there are tapes, audio and video.  We’ll find Bin Laden before they do something about this.

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Saints coach Sean Payton (above).

So NFL teams have a prescription drug locker, huh?  And senior team personnel have the keys.  As it would turn out, former FBI agent and Saints head of security Geoffrey Santini collected evidence in the case of the stolen Vicodin, and has turned that evidence over to the Drug Enforcement Agency.  That evidence happens to include a videotape which appears to implicate Saints linebackers coach Joe Vitt, as the Vicodin thief.

The people who spoke to The Associated Press about the case — on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the allegations — said that other staff member was linebackers coach Joe Vitt.

The lawsuit describes video surveillance catching Vitt taking keys from a trainer’s office and using them to get into the team’s drug locker to take Vicodin.

Vitt didn’t respond to a message sent to his work e-mail seeking comment. The Saints and their defense lawyers also didn’t respond to requests for help in contacting Vitt to see if he had anything to say on the matter.

In his lawsuit, Santini claims he was ordered to keep quiet about the Vicodin matter. He also claims two trainers were told by a top team executive to forge entries in official logs so the amount of Vicodin stolen would be reflected as an amount that had been properly distributed.

Santini’s case seems to be gaining credibility by the second.  It’s no wonder that Joe Vitt isn’t picking up his cell phone these days.

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Super Bowl winning Saints coach, Sean Payton, above.

Former New Orleans Saints employee and FBI agent, Geoffrey Santini has alleged that senior Saints employees stole a large enough amount of the prescription drug Vicodin “to constitute abuse” and then covered it up. 

The lawsuit, filed Friday by Geoffrey Santini, a former FBI agent who resigned from the club in August 2009, alleged one senior staff member stole Vicodin pills while another was given an amount large enough to constitute abuse.

The suit did not name the staff members. However, the two people familiar with the case said Payton allegedly was allowed to take a large quantity of pills from the team supply, and another staff member allegedly stole pills. No allegations were made against any Saints players, the two people said.

Here’s what Payton said in a statement released today through the team:

“I have reviewed Geoff Santini’s lawsuit and the unwarranted publicity it has received,” Payton says in a statement provided to us by the Saints.  “I have never abused or stolen vicodin or any other medication and I fully support the Saints’ position in this matter as expressed by Greg Bensel yesterday.‬‪”

Am I understanding this right?  Football coaches have access to hospital like supplies of pain killers, and can appropriate them?  I’m not accusing Payton of anything here, except perhaps having too much power.  But guys get suspended for having certain supplements in their system, while they are getting opiates from the team?  Something’s got to change, no?  And it should be really interesting to see how this case plays out.  Career FBI agents don’t usually go off half cocked with frivolous lawsuits.

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