Did Saints’ GM try to cover up Vicodin theft?

According to former Saints security director Geoffrey Santini, general manager Mickey Loomis tried to convince him to cover up the theft of Vicodin from team’s headquarters.

From ESPN.com:

“I was witnessing crimes, and I wasn’t going to stand for that,” Santini told the newspaper. “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.”

The lawsuit, filed April 30, alleges one “senior staff member” was caught on video stealing the prescription pain killer Vicodin, while another was allowed to take a seemingly excessive amount of Vicodin from team supplies.

Santini told USA Today the “senior staff member” caught on video stealing Vicodin was Saints assistant head coach Joe Vitt and the other staff member mentioned in the lawsuit is Saints head coach Sean Payton.

The Saints say that Santini is just a disgruntled former employee looking for payback. But Santini maintains that he resigned because he was being ordered to either undertake or ignore that several members of the Saints’ coaching staff was stealing the drug.

It sounds as if this is your typical “he said, she said” case. Santini has credibility because he worked for the FBI for 31 years, but you never know what someone’s motives are. He could be fabricating the truth because he’s pissed off at the Saints, or he could be the key to uncovering a serious infraction. Who knows at this point?

What we do know, however, is that these are serious allegations. Stealing Vicodin is a felony offense that can carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. And considering Sean Payton’s name is tied to this situation, the Saints have cause for concern.


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