Saints fan trolls Roger Goodell with Free Sean Payton T-shirt

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If you’re a Saints fan and you had the chance to shake Roger Goodell’s hand, would you? And if so, would you try to punk him without him knowing until after the fact? If you’re the above New Orleans supporter, you would.

A commenter on a Saints message board recently met Goodell at a SiriusXM event and was wearing a Saints jersey with the Free Sean Payton T-shirt underneath. Using a little deception, the Saints fan revealed his T-shirt right before the photographer snapped the picture.

Here’s how 2009ring (via Bob's Blitz) explained his trickery:

“I didn't want to risk any reactions to the shirt before or during the broadcast (there was NFL security EVERYWHERE). So, after the broadcast, I removed the jersey and put it in my bag. They gave us each footballs that Goodell signed for us. I held my football over the FSP part of the shirt until I got right next to Goodell. We made chit chat for a minute then posed for the picture. At that time I lowered the football to my waist to fully expose the FREE SEAN PAYTON message on the shirt."

Assuming this photo is real, I guess it’s a decent troll move, but I would have had more respect for the prank if 2009ring had simply worn the T-shirt the entire time. Hiding it until the very end doesn’t seem especially brave to me.

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