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Is Sean Payton’s Appeal Argument a Fraud?

By Alan Schechter

The appeal on Sean Payton’s one year suspension due to “bountygate” has been heard, and a decision is expected by tomorrow at the latest. But, due to some new information, is his appeal a fraud?

Sean Payton has made the argument that Gregg Williams went “rogue”, and he had no idea what he was doing. However, the league now has the book he wrote after the Super Bowl, where he references having a great deal of attention to detail.

For example:

“Listen, I paid close attention to what was said,” Payton said after Williams’ notorious “remember me” diatribe regarding Peyton Manning before Super Bowl XLIV. “I think that I said this last week: Given the nature of Super Bowl week, I think that one of the first things you try to do defensively is try to hurry the quarterback, pressure the quarterback or disrupt the timing of the quarterback. I think it’s fairly common sense with defensive football. In looking at it, I don’t really pay much attention to that.”

There are many other quotes where Sean Payton mentions significant attention to detail.

So you have to wonder, can he write about having control, and then say he didn’t know what was going on?

Sorry Sean, you can’t have it both ways. Like I said last week, good luck with that appeal.