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The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

Posted on: December 27, 2011 8:02 am
OPENING HIT: On Monday night just minutes before Drew Brees would begin his successful assault on Dan Marino’s career passing record, a felon convicted of mail fraud and conspiracy shook hands with several Saints executives. Mike Ornstein was back. He apparently couldn’t resist the big night.

Ornstein was spotted by’s Larry Holder speaking with Saints officials. In November of 2010, Ornstein was sentenced by a district court in Cleveland to eight months in prison after he scalped Super Bowl tickets and football jerseys that were fraudulently claimed to have been worn during NFL games.

This was no tiny enterprise or small crime. Ornstein made a lot of money ripping people off. Not to mention he already had a 1995 conviction for mail fraud on his record.

Ornstein recently got out of jail and there he was on Monday night...hobnobbing with the Saints. As a marketing agent for former Saint Reggie Bush, Ornstein was once a fixture around the franchise. He was also close to coach Sean Payton (and likely still is).

Ornstein served his time in prison and he has a right to a post-incarceration life. Hell, there have been star players who went to jail and returned to football. See: Vick, Mike. Vick ran an operation that fought and killed dogs and yet he’s playing in the NFL again.

That’s actually understandable. Vick gives a team a chance to win a Super Bowl and if there is one thing we’ve learned about the NFL some teams would sign Gaddafi if he could help them win (and if he were, you know, not dead). That I get.

But why would the Saints allow Ornstein around? Why risk the embarrassment? Why tick off the NFL office which I know for a fact despises the idea of him hanging around the Saints (and hated – yes, hated – that he was in New Orleans on Monday night). What’s the payoff?

It’s truly confounding. I think part of it is Payton sticking his thumb in the league’s eye. Payton is arrogant that way.

I have a feeling we’re going to see more of Ornstein hanging around the Saints post-lockup. In fact, he was in the locker room after the game on Monday wearing a Saints NFC South champion hats. Can’t make this stuff up.

That is not good for the Saints or the NFL.

But the Saints don’t seem to care.

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Since: Sep 20, 2008
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:04 am
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Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 3:32 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

I'm outraged as well, Mike. Good article as usual.

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:58 am

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

"Big time NFL sports is nothing more than Hollywood, WWF, Roller Derby made into the biggest league. From top to bottom they call them professionals but they don't act or cater to that premise. It's all about fans money."  --Floridafan

And this is unlike precisely which other professions or businesses? The Big 3? Wall Street? The U.S. Congress that sold the middle and working classes a bill of goods--called 'Fee Trade'--the upshot of which is the multi-generational impoverishment of the American people? The American Bar Association and its legions of ambulance chasers and apologists for the corporate poisoners of children and all other living things? The local furniture store owner who delivered a carefully disguised floor model that he'd sold you as new? The Golden Arches that sells as 'beef' whatever the South American crocodiles rejected?

Why so exercise your ire at the LEAST consequential sector of our society, when all about you the immortal Pogo is being proven correct? "We have met the enemy, and he is us." (Honestly, I'm curious to know if any of you actually know why you do so. Speculating about the motivations of other lives unknown is a mug's game, web-footed cousin to 'gossip', called 'pop psychology', from which I sometimes endeavor to refrain.)

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:18 am

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: December 28, 2011 7:17 am

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

   Why is anyone surprised about this? First, it IS common knowledge that Sean Payton is tight with Ornstein. Sean's a mensch, not the sort of guy who would hold at arm's-length a friend who's done his time for a crime whose victims BEGGED to be told fairy tales. Second, this is NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, about which we're talking. Think the Las Vegas of Frankie and Dean, only with way seedier low-lifes. Corruption is their life's blood down on the bayou, so Ornstein is as at home as any other grifter. If the league wanted to avoid the sort of awkward photographs and dubious entanglements that come with doing business in a cesspool, then they should've looked upon Katrina as an opportunity. More fools they.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: December 28, 2011 12:37 am

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

This is called Freestyle.  It's not the same as writing an article for the New York Times.  Lots of sensitive people here, especially Saints fans.  But Freeman is right on point.  Ornstein is a scumbag.  Just having him around is bad news.  I know because I had the pleasure of working with this guy.  He's an embarassment.  Always saying and doing the wrong thing.  Why would the Saints have someone like this "hanging" around their organization.  Ornstein is a professional, hanger arounder.  He has no credibility in anything.  He's Archie Bunker showing up at important events with "important" people.  Bad move by the Saints.       

Since: Jul 12, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 6:59 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

  Big Mike does it again another top story for the year, this guy is so great with all is top story i bet all the other writer at cbs wish they could write story like this.  Next stop for big Mike is the New York Times.

Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:34 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

With all of the more relevant topics you could have written about you chose this ....

"Payton sticking his thumb in the leagues eye?"  "This is not good for the Saints or the NFL"

Not only was this article a moronic waste of time, it was an overly melodramatic and moronic waste of time.

Since: Jul 26, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 5:08 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

Of all the things you could have written about, you choose to find some obscure story about the Saints in order to what, make them look bad?  Why would you do that Freeman?  Dan Marino held a pretty important record for many years and finally Drew Brees breaks it on Monday Night Football.  We don't want to hear about this garbage.  I am starting to believe what others are saying and that is you Mr. Freeman need to find another profession.  How about working for TMZ or changing tires for a living? 

Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 27, 2011 3:34 pm

The Daily Shoutout: Saints welcome back felon

And another article on CBSSports disparaging the Saints. Freeman and Prisco need to come out and say that they hate the Saints. It's not like you have any journalistic integrity.

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