Geoff Santini: "I have no ill will against the Saints"
Geoff Santini, the former director of security for the New Orleans Saints, who has sued the team and brought to light the Vicodin controversy in the organization, accuses general manager Mickey Loomis of a cover-up attempt.
According to USA Today, Loomis’ name is mentioned nearly 50 times in a 13-page lawsuit that was filed April 30. Santini, a former FBI agent, has sued the club for lost wages and other damages.
Santini alleges that Loomis asked him to participate in a cover-up after it was discovered coach Sean Payton was taking the powerful and addictive pain killer without a medical condition calling for Vicodin, and that assistant coach Joe Vitt was stealing pills from a medicine cabinet, acts caught on video. By Santini’s estimation, some 130 pills were unaccounted for.
Santini said in the interview that he believed he was saving the situation but that after he brought it to the attention of Loomis, he deemed it necessary to protect himself and began wearing a wire. He recorded conversations with head trainer Scottie Patton, assistant trainer Kevin Mangum and Loomis.
“It broke my heart to have to put a recorder on these people," Santini told USA Today. "Let's make one thing perfectly clear, I have no ill will against the Saints."<p> When Santini was called to meet with owner Tom Benson, he appealed to Loomis one more time. Santini alleges that Loomis had shared only certain details with the owner and told Benson that Payton had a medical condition to take Vicodin.
"I begged Mickey Loomis," Santini said. "I said, 'Now's the opportunity to tell him everything. We can get this out on the table so at least the owner is fully aware. He owns the team. He's the boss. And if we get him fully knowledgeable, then we're safe.' But Mickey didn't want to do that.
"He was protecting Payton. That day pretty much ended it for me."
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