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Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Posted on: January 28, 2012 7:04 pm
 
A Lions fan admitted calling in a bomb threat to the Superdome. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

During the Lions-Saints playoff game on January 7, a Lions fan named Shawn Payton (no, really) called in a bomb threat to the Superdome, he admitted this past week.

After Jimmy Graham caught a Drew Brees touchdown to give the Saints a 21-14 lead in the third quarter, a receptionist at the Superdome received a bomb threat from Payton.

"I will blow up your building," Payton told the receptionist, according to a federal affidavit obtained by the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Later, Payton called the Superdome again, after the Lions attempted an onsides kick that the Saints recovered, and asked to pass along a message to Sean Payton, in which he threatened "severe consequences" if the Saints won the game.

"Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline," the caller said. "If your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper ... severe consequences. OK?"

The FBI traced the calls back to Payton, who's quickly trying to make up excuses for why he called in a bomb threat.

"I'm not a bad person. I was just so proud of the Lions finally making the playoffs for the first time in God knows how long," he said, per the Times-Picayune. "I got caught up in the heat of the moment, and I seriously, highly regret making those calls."

Our non-legally-binding guess on how the FBI responds to that excuse? Not well. This isn't something that's forgiven because a team made the playoffs. There were tens of thousands of people in the Superdome at the time, and it doesn't really matter whether Payton "meant" to threaten harm to these people.

He did. And now he'll appear before a judge on Monday, who hopefully will feel the same way.

Via MDS at PFT

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Comments

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 3:05 pm
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Good to see a fellow Lion fan making us look so good.  That said, he should have phoned the Lions sideline and threaten to blow up the next defender who missed a tackle, we'd be looking at a new starting 11 in September.



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 2:46 pm
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

He should have done it from Wisconsin, especially if Sean Payton is a Republican.  Liberal Democrats get away with this kind of stuff daily if they threaten any republican.  Not so much in reverse.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 1:56 pm
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Thank GOD it waswn't a Phiadelphia fan this time!



Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:34 am
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Kudos to a devoted fan; unfortunately, like his Lions, he's gonna lose his case.


And the winner for the moronic comment of the day award is..



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 10:19 am
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

see? thats what happens when Lions fans have been beating their brains out all these years......Nothing left up there.



Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2012 9:18 am
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

If this is an 18-year old "kid" with no priors and donates his free time in a soup kitchen, he may get a couple years' probation. Otherwise, he'll be doing some time. While not knowing the law, this was not a white collar crime. He could be deemed a danger to society, and put in a nasty prison. Or, the judge may see this poor, sick, addled fool as a drunken idiot who is not a real danger to society. I expect a long probation and a steep fine for these foolish antics. Hard time? Doubtful. Were he successful in getting them to evacuate the stadium, it would have been another story. I'm guessing bomb threats at NFL stadiums are more common than we know, and they don't catch the "smart ones" who call from a pay phone. 



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: January 30, 2012 4:21 am
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

You mean like Suh's cheap shots? You mean like Schwartz running down Harbaugh after a loss to whine? You mean like your player who hit a ref? These are only a few examples, but I'd say there are problems with the franchise. I'd also say from reading posts throughout the season with lions' posters wishing ill on other teams' players and cheering injuries that there are problems with the fans too.
You mean like guilt by association? You mean like ignoring the 50 other guys on the team and the millions who live in Detroit except to lump them in with a few bad apples? Grade-school crap. Might as well take a dump on Michigan while you're at it, and go ahead and throw all the Great Lakes States in, too.

Seriously? That's your defense? Pathetic. I'm not calling all Green Bay residents and Packers fans morons because you can't work out the simple premise that one person's actions doesn't indict entire groups. No, there are plenty of decent, intelligent Packers fans. You're not one of them, but that shouldn't drag the rest of them down with you. See how easy it is to reserve judgement for the people who provide evidence of their idiocy and not lump in everyone around them like a second-grader?

The former President of the Green Bay Packers reinstated the two moron cops who returned a 14 year-old victim of Jeffrey Dahmer to the serial killer after he had escaped. How does that reflect on the citizens of Green Bay, the Packers organization, and their fans? It doesn't. No more than the stupendous jackhole who phoned in the bomb threat should reflect on Detroit, the Lions or their fans.



Since: Mar 30, 2010
Posted on: January 29, 2012 11:57 pm
 

Lions fan lives up to expectations

What a Dee eye cee kay.  Speaking of that, I hope he likes them as much as he's gonna get aquainted with them up close and personal.



Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 7:21 pm
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Way to stay classy, Detroit...
Way to make stupid, unwarranted associations, genius. The guy was and is a piece of crap. That doesn't mean the entire city of Detroit and it's NFL franchise are responsible for his actions. This is the mirror-kin of saying it's society's fault. Grow up.

You mean like Suh's cheap shots? You mean like Schwartz running down Harbaugh after a loss to whine? You mean like your player who hit a ref? These are only a few examples, but I'd say there are problems with the franchise. I'd also say from reading posts throughout the season with lions' posters wishing ill on other teams' players and cheering injuries that there are problems with the fans too.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Lions fan admits calling bomb threat to Superdome

Haha I've jokingly considered breaking a player's knees to help my fantasy team win, but this is just taking it to the next level.  Kudos to a devoted fan; unfortunately, like his Lions, he's gonna lose his case.


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