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Amid League Suspensions, Saints Owner Tom Benson Pledges Support To Loomis, Payton
Published March 23, 2012
LOCAL SUPPORT: ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported that the t-shirts supporting suspended Payton at New Orleans-area store Skip N’ Whistle “were hot sellers.” Store Manager Kristen Romig: “One thing I’m really surprised by is the first day we put them up … they were all local sales and now we’re getting orders from Las Vegas, Hawaii, New York. We’ve even had a few international orders which I think is crazy that so many people are just really affected by this” (“SportsCenter,” ESPN, 3/22).
NOT THE LONE RANGER: In New Orleans, Mike Triplett noted the Saints “weren’t the only team to be investigated by the NFL for violations of the league's ‘bounty rule’ in recent years.” The Packers were investigated in ‘07 “for lesser infractions and wound up suffering no punishment after agreeing to discontinue their actions.” Clearly the NFL felt the Saints’ violations “were much more egregious” (NOLA.com, 3/22).