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Dino 6 Rings
05-10-2010, 10:01 AM
Is it just me, or is this one of the most silent cases of all time?


NEW ORLEANS Federal authorities are looking into allegations made in a civil lawsuit accusing the New Orleans Saints of trying to cover up a senior staff member's theft of prescription pills from the club's training headquarters.

Special Agent Roberto Bryan Jr., a New Orleans-based spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration, says the agency was referred the case and an investigation is pending.

The civil suit was filed Friday by former Saints security director Geoffrey Santini, a retired FBI agent who gave federal authorities evidence he collected before resigning from the team last August.

The accusations also could constitute state offenses. However, local authorities say they have yet to begin a probe of their own.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) Local authorities are holding off on investigating possible criminal accusations in a lawsuit involving the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

The civil suit brought by former Saints security director Geoffrey Santini alleges several possible state offenses. The accusations include theft of prescription drugs from the club's suburban headquarters by senior staff and an attempt by team officials to cover it up.

The Saints call the allegations false and Jefferson Parish sheriff's spokesman Col. John Fortunato says no criminal investigation has begun.

Santini is a retired FBI agent. He gave federal authorities evidence he collected before resigning from the team last August.

Dino 6 Rings
05-10-2010, 10:01 AM

Teams would be wise to get rid of their drug lockers
Posted by Mike Florio on May 9, 2010 11:09 AM ET
Recently, an unnamed NFL trainer told Gary Myers of the New York Daily News that the unnamed NFL trainer's team does not keep a supply of prescription medication in the facility. Instead, prescriptions are delivered multiple times per day by a local pharmacy.

It's unclear how many teams follow this approach and how many operate like the Saints, keeping a proverbial cookie jar of federally-regulated medications in the building. Though the NFL has been generally tight-lipped regarding the civil lawsuit alleging that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis tried to cover up the abuse and/or theft of Vicodin by multiple team employees, league spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the NFL "conduct[s] regular audits of prescription medications dispensed through the club medical staffs." This implies that the maintenance of a supply of medications by the team isn't a rare occurrence, but instead that it's sufficiently commonplace to result in the league keeping close track of the cookies.

The potential flaw in that approach is obvious -- the presence of the medications creates a temptation to abuse and/or steal them.

Still, two former NFL team doctors have told Nakia Hogan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune that the Saints "followed standard NFL practices" in maintaining an in-house stash of medications. Dr. Pierce Scranton, former team doctor for the Seahawks and ex-president of the NFL Physician Society, shrugged at the possibility that the cookie jar will be raided. "If a coach broke into a thing and stole it, that could happen anywhere, " Scranton said. "People are robbing drug stores all the time for drugs."

So, apparently, the fact that criminals routinely bust into Walgreen's and burgle the medications means that the potential theft of drugs from a locker maintained in a team facility represents an acceptable risk for the convenience of having the drugs immediately available.

Frankly, Dr. Scranton, your position makes no sense, especially since it doesn't take into account the possibility that, as alleged in the lawsuit filed against the Saints, at least one employee who did not have a painful medical condition was being given amounts of Vicodin that would suggest abuse.

The more prudent practice is reflected by the unnamed trainer who spoke to Myers. Surely, there's a local pharmacy in each NFL city that gladly will supply the medications and deliver them as needed.

The approach used by the Saints (and presumably others) also invites other irregularities. For instance, we've heard from multiple sources that the Saints were (and possibly still are) obtaining their medications via a prescription made out generally to the team, and not to the individuals who are receiving the medications. That's a no-no for the doctor writing the prescriptions and the pharmacy that is filling them.

Bottom line? The magnitude of medications taken by football players easily can desensitize teams to the realities -- and legalities -- of the process. The smart teams will avoid the establishment of an in-house pharmacy or, at a minimum, ensure that the drug locker is regarded as off limits by those who may be inclined to make a midnight refrigerator run. This means safeguarding the medications diligently, and dealing swiftly and harshly with those who improperly remove drugs from the locker.

The Saints allegedly have failed in this regard. Even if the Saints are exonerated, it makes too much sense for them and other NFL franchises who opt for convenience when it comes to prescription medications to embrace inconvenience in the name of not leading the players, coaches, and other employees into avoidable temptation.

Dino 6 Rings
05-10-2010, 10:02 AM
Vicodin case could have dire consequences for Saints

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We begin this morning with a headache of headaches for the New Orleans Saints, a story the team has fervently denied, but one that isn't going away unless the Drug Enforcement Administration makes it go away.

The story involves the dispensation and alleged theft of 130 Vicodin tablets from the Saints' drug locker at the team's offices and training facility in New Orleans over a four-month period early in 2009. A lawsuit filed by discharged former Saints' security director Geoffrey Santini, a former FBI agent, describes the recipients of the Vicodin as "Senior Staff Member A'' and "Senior Staff Member B.'' On Saturday, profootballtalk.com reported that coach Sean Payton is Senior Staff Member A, and assistant head coach Joe Vitt is Senior Staff Member B.

I've read the 13-page lawsuit, filed Friday in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Mike Florio of profootballtalk.com reported that Santini sought a $2 million settlement to not file the suit last week and the Saints didn't respond. I'm told the Saints turned over all evidence in the case to the DEA in June and have been waiting for a decision in the case ever since. On Friday, the Saints said the lawsuit had no merit, and that Santini, in effect, had shopped the lawsuit to them before filing it. On Saturday, after the profootballtalk.com report, Payton said, "I have never abused or stolen Vicodin or any other medication.''

The allegations in Santini's suit, in essence, include these: Vitt had a medical problem that required the use of pain-killers and he was being prescribed Vicodin to help him deal with the condition; Payton didn't have a medical condition that required pain-killers but was using them. Additionally, Santini said Saints general manager Mickey Loomis covered up Payton's use of Vicodin while trying to protect Vitt from being prosecuted for stealing additional Vicodin.

Every NFL team has to account for the prescription drugs it dispenses. The training staff keeps medication under lock and key and distributes it only after a team doctor prescribes it. Apparently, Vitt was being prescribed Vicodin -- it's possible that Payton, at some point, may have been taking it as prescribed, too. The lawsuit makes it clear that from January to April 2009, a theft of approximately 110 Vicodin tablets occurred from the drug locker. Santini's suit says Loomis directed a hidden camera to be installed in the trainer's room, so any further theft of Vicodin could be captured on video.

On the morning of April 30, 2009, according to the suit, Santini was informed that eight pills were missing from a Vicodin bottle of 100 pills. The videotape showed Senior Staff Member B -- Vitt -- using the keys from trainer Scottie Patton's office to open the drug locker and take eight pills from a bottle of Vicodin.

When Santini told Loomis about the theft, the suit alleges, Loomis told Santini and the trainers "to keep all of this confidential ... Plaintiff then told GM Loomis that the video needed to be copied for use during the NFL audit. GM Loomis stated, 'No, this is not a criminal investigation.' Plaintiff told Loomis the event should be reported and without copying the video it would eventually be overwritten by the recording equipment and erased. Loomis told the Plaintiff to 'let it go,' in effect instructing the Plaintiff to allow the destruction of evidence of a felony. Plaintiff then told GM Loomis that the crime should be reported, and he [Loomis] stated 'this is not a criminal investigation.'' GM Loomis left plaintiff's office and plaintiff made a copy of the video onto a video cassette.''

After "SSMB'' was caught taking 12 pills the next day, the bottle was moved to a more secure location. The following day SSMB was taped unsuccessfully trying to gain access to the pills. Santini alleges that Patton, in a meeting two weeks later, was going to adjust the dispensing logs "to reflect that SSMB had received all of the missing Vicodin, such that the totals on the monthly recap sheets would match the total dispensed.'' The suit says that in a meeting the next day, assistant trainer Kevin Mangum told Santini of the directive to adjust the logs, adding, "I think, I think it came from Mickey.''

Payton's involvement in the case seems almost tangential. Most of the accusations concern Vitt allegedly stealing the Vicodin and Santini describing Loomis trying to cover it up. On page six of the suit, Santini asks Mangum, referring to Payton, "How are they going to explain [SSMA]?''

"He's stopped,'' Mangum said, according to the suit. "Somebody has talked to him.''

On June 22, the suit alleges, Patton told Santini he would not change the logs, and a day later, Loomis told Santini the logs would not be changed before being turned in to the NFL for an annual audit. "Later in the conversation, GM Loomis stated that [SSMB] admitted to him that [SSMB] had stolen all of the pills,'' the suit says.

Later, the suit says, "Subsequent conversations ensued between plaintiff and GM Loomis concerning upcoming discussions with the DEA about the situation and the need to keep [SSMA]'s name out of the conversation.''

There you have it. The consequences could be dire for several people -- Loomis, if he's found to have covered up a felony theft of prescription medication; Vitt, if he's found guilty of stealing Vicodin; the trainers, if they're found culpable; and Payton, if he's found to have taken Vicodin without a prescription. Of course, the consequences could be just as dire for Santini if counter-claims by the Saints reveal the story he has told is exaggerated or invented.

"Mickey is adamant he did nothing wrong,'' said a source close to the Saints. "Sean is beside himself -- he swears this is a trumped-up charge.''

Every New Orleans fan this morning -- as well as a nation charmed by the improbable story of the Super Bowl Saints -- has to hope that's true.

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05-10-2010, 01:56 PM
Yeah... I've heard them say this on ESPN only once... and you'd think this would get more attention since they just won they're first SB. You also hear nothing about LT now and that is ten times worse then what happened to Ben, but no one would shut the hell up about that. Maybe cause Ben's a Steeler that his story got so much attention even though he was found innocent... I hate the Media.

05-10-2010, 04:45 PM
From the Saints website, these are the team doctors:

Medical Staff
Dr. John Amoss Team Physician
Dr. Deryk Jones Team Orthopedist
Dr. Misty Suri Team Orthopedist
Dr. Tim Finney Associate Team Orthopedist

I personally know 2 of those people...
How Amoss got that gig is beyond me...but I don't think he would haphazardly be handing out Vicodin. Seems to me that too many people have the key to the narcotics cabinet


05-17-2010, 01:40 PM

05-17-2010, 02:14 PM
Seems to me that too many people have the key to the narcotics cabinet
brett farve even has a key....brett farve

05-17-2010, 04:52 PM
brett farve even has a key....brett farve

Silly rabbit,:bunnydance:
Brett Favre IS the key.
To everything.

Stephen Hawking recently discovered, while studying The Grand Unifying Theory of The Universe, that Brett Favre is The Center of the Universe
Brett Favre.