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Lawyer Says Lawsuit Against Saints Wasn’t A “Shakedown”

USA Today says that the recent pain killer case against the Saints was not a “shakedown” – that according to a laywer in the case:

The attorney representing a former New Orleans Saints employee in a lawsuit alleging team management tried to cover up theft of pain-killing medication denied Monday the legal action resulted from an attempt to extort money from the Super Bowl champions. “If this was a shakedown … there are plenty of times that we could have picked to file suit or threatened to file suit that would have put even more pressure on them, ” attorney Donald Hyatt II said in a phone interview, “like … how about the Friday morning before the Super Bowl?”

Hyatt filed the suit Friday on behalf of Geoffrey Santini, who resigned as Saints director of security last August and a statement issued Friday by Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel said Santini had threatened to go public with “unfounded charges” unless paid an “exorbitant sum.” Without naming names, the suit alleges one “senior staff” member of the Saints was videotaped twice a year ago stealing Vicodin pills from the team’s locked drug cabinet and that the drug also was “dispensed” to another “senior staff” member who did not have a “painful medical condition.”


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