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Former Saints long snapper coughs up cash for coach

Posted by Mike Florio on May 16, 2013, 11:39 PM EDT

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Last year’s Saints bounty scandal nearly made everyone forget about the team’s 2010 Vicodin scandal. And it definitely made everyone forget about a scandal from 2009 regarding movie tax credits that didn’t exist.

According to the Associated Press, coach Sean Payton has settled a lawsuit against former Saints long snapper Kevin Houser, who solicited investments from teammates and coaches under the assumption that Louisiana Film Studios, LLC, would apply for and receive tax credits.

The investment was supposed to generate a 33-percent return, which means it was way too good to be true.

Still, lawyer Daniel Becnel Jr. said that Payton received a “substantial” settlement. While Becnel declined to provide details based on the confidential nature of the transaction, Becnel said “[w]e got exactly what we wanted and demanded and they paid it.”

So, basically, the details can be extrapolated based on any court filings showing what Payton wanted. He originally sued Houser for $144,000.

Others who lost money included Drew Brees, Scott Shanle, Jeremy Shockey, Mitch Berger, Charles Grant, and New Orleans icon Archie Manning. It’s unclear whether and to what extent other settlements or judgments have been secured.

In 2012, a federal appeals court ruled that Berger must pursue his claims through arbitration. Claims filed by Payton, Grant, and Shockey weren’t affected by the ruling.

Houser, who had spent nine years with the team, was cut once the scam came to light. (He later signed with the Seahawks.) Wayne Read, who ran the film company, ultimately was sentenced to four years in prison on fraud charges.

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I wouldn't be surprised if a new scandal breaks out on how Saints were bribing refs to throw flags.

That would definitely not surprise me at all. I have honestly never seen a team get so many BS flags thrown in their favor more than the Saints. Not even New England. The stupid thing is that the majority of Saints fans associate the term 'luck' when the Falcons get a flag thrown in their favor, cause a turnover, or convert a 3rd down. It's unbelievable. That team and it's fans are delusional, it's actually sickening.

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I wouldn't be surprised if a new scandal breaks out on how Saints were bribing refs to throw flags.

that's the one I'm waitinon
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why do sports figures get taken,same as those who allow "nigerian princes" to access their account,because they are gullible,espescially when it is somebody you trust,like a team mate.This is just a case of bad investing.never,never,ever do business with family and friends,they will screw you first!OR,I should say,you will let them screw you!

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That would definitely not surprise me at all. I have honestly never seen a team get so many BS flags thrown in their favor more than the Saints. Not even New England. The stupid thing is that the majority of Saints fans associate the term 'luck' when the Falcons get a flag thrown in their favor, cause a turnover, or convert a 3rd down. It's unbelievable. That team and it's fans are delusional, it's actually sickening.

Its been that way for a while, the crappy part is, the saints get all BS flags even in GA dome.

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That team needs the "Saints" name stripped from them because they are the exact opposite.

How do they let all of this happen?

Most corrupt team in sports.

It goes all the way up to Owner. I am pretty Sure Steelers, pats or Arthur Blank would have cleaned the house after Bounty Gate and vicodin.

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