After years of suffering caused by the Hurricane Katrina disaster, it was a welcome sight to see something positive happen for the people of New Orleans as their New Orleans Saints raised the Lombardi trophy in 2009.
And although the Saints haven’t been back to the Super Bowl the past two years, they have continued to be among the NFL’s elite winning 24 of their last 32 regular season games. Quarterback Drew Brees has spearheaded one of the league’s most dangerous offenses keeping the Saints in the championship hunt each year.
But with the good comes the bad and unfortunately this was the year that the Saints' past sins came to roost. The Saints were first investigated for the Bounty Program that went on under former defensive coordinator Greg Williams’ watch.
That scandal has not only tarnished the Saints reputation and forced the suspensions of its head coach, assistant coach, former defensive coordinator and general manager; it has also put the league in legal trouble as former players have brought suit against the NFL because of the bounty scandal.
And now the organization itself is under Federal investigation because of an alleged eavesdropping scandal involving its general manager Mickey Loomis who was already suspended for eight months for his involvement in the bounty scandal.
I once heard that behind every fortune is a crime so I guess in the case of a sports franchise it would go “behind every dynasty is an illegal activity of some sort.”
Not that the Saints are a dynasty since they have only won one Super Bowl title but they were looking like a championship contender before all of these scandals were brought to light.
The Saints should have taken advantage of the good teams they have had over the past couple of years because if they wind up like the last championship team that got caught in a scandal then they probably won’t win another title anytime soon.
The New England Patriots won three championships before getting caught in what was called “spy-gate” scandal. They have been to the Super Bowl twice since then but were not able to pull out a win.
The Saints are still waiting to see what suspensions and fines the league is going to levy on the players involved in the bounty scandal so it has got to be difficult to already have another scandal hanging over them.
And being that it is a Federal investigation it may take a while before that situation is resolved. There is also speculation that the Saints may face civil suits against them for the eavesdropping scandal if evidence that it actually occurred comes to light.
Regardless of what happens Saints’ owner Tom Benson should start cleaning house. These scandals have brought shame to his organization and opened him up to lawsuits that he may be fighting for years to come.
But if he chooses to continue backing Loomis, head coach Sean Payton and the players that were involved in these scandals then it might be time to change the name of his franchise. How does the New Orleans Scandal-ions sound?
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.