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.