From The Times-Picayune:
T-P: You’ve stayed mostly quiet about the bounty allegations and punishments, while some others have been more vocal, especially Jonathan Vilma and the players. And obviously you didn’t file any lawsuits. Why is that, and has that been hard for you to do?
PAYTON: “Listen, it’s hard to do. And we’re in a much different position than the players, in regards to players having a union. I think ultimately our goal is to get reinstated at the right time. Yeah, it’s frustrating at times to sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true. But that being said, I support every one of those guys and pay close attention to what’s going on with Jon and the rest of those players and Mickey (Loomis) and Joe (Vitt) and everyone.”
I wonder what he’s referring to when he says “sit back and hear a lot of things that have been painted in a certain way that you know aren’t true”. The allegations contained within the initial bounty reports were taken as gospel by some within the media. Up until this point, Sean Payton has remained relatively quiet, most likely out of an effort to ease his transition back into the game once his season long suspension is up. However, if the Saints are innocent of the charges that the NFL has accused them of, Payton would have been best served to speak out months ago when his words might have had an affect on the matter.