Saints head to arbitration judge with Geoff Santini

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Geoff Santini, the former director of security for the New Orleans Saints, has withdrawn his lawsuit against the team after the club’s lawyers moved to have the matter sent before an arbitration judge.

A motion was filed today, according to the Associated Press, says that the team waited more than a week to advise Santini the team planned to invoke an arbitration clause that was in his contract.

Santini, in a suit filed against the Saints April 30, alleged that coach Sean Payton and assistant coach Joe Vitt abused and or stole Vicodin at the team’s facility and that general manager Mickey Loomis urged him to participate in a cover-up. Santini left his post before last season started and was suing for lost wages and other damages.

Because the matter is before an arbitration judge, neither side can discuss the matter publicly. That’s the price the Saints paid in not settling with Santini previously – the cat is already out of the bag.

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