Sean Payton admits mocking Vikings fans with Skol clap, calls it 'good playoff fun'

The Saints had a great season on the field, although it ended in spectacularly painful fashion against the Vikings on Sunday night, but it has not been a good year for Sean Payton in terms of "not getting caught on camera mocking other teams and fanbases." Payton's been going full scorched earth down the stretch for New Orleans and was caught mocking Vikings fans with a Skol clap after the Saints took the lead with 25 seconds left on a Wil Lutz field goal.

Spoiler alert: that lead wouldn't hold up very long. 

Lutz banged home a field goal that looked like it would win the game for the Saints and Payton, according to various accounts, decided to bust out a Skol hand clap. 

KFAN sideline reporter and former Vikings linebacker Ben Leber claimed he saw Payton do it and some photos emerged on the Internet appearing to show Payton raising his hands in a mocking Skol fashion.

There's a GIF of it too, because there's always a GIF.

Watching the broadcast version of the game, Fox never captures Payton mocking the Vikings fans. But you can definitely see something in his eyes after the field goal goes through. He yells "Boom!" a bunch and then turns toward the stands.

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And then he appears to be raising both of his arms right as the broadcast cuts away to Drew Brees on the sideline.

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Asked about the situation by reporters, Payton admitted that, yes, he DID do the gesture and that it was "good playoff fun."

This is all exacerbated by the fact that Payton is known to be an aggressive coach and isn't afraid to dive into the deep end when it comes to stoking the flames of an NFL-related rivalry. The Saints and Vikings played in 2009 and the Saints beat them then ... maybe Payton just hates the Skol chant? 

Or maybe he just likes taunting people. Earlier this season, in a loss to the Falcons, Payton was spotted making a choke gesture in the direction of Devonta Freeman, ostensibly mocking the Falcons running back for losing the Super Bowl.

After the Saints beat the Panthers for the third time this season in the wild-card round, Payton appeared in the locker room, dancing around with a broom (because of the sweep). Panthers and Falcons fans don't really like the Saints and were more than happy to see them lose to the Vikings.

This move, a mocking Skol chant, backfired pretty badly on Payton, because just a few minutes after he was celebrating in the direction of fans, the Vikings were winning the game on a walk-off touchdown pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs

And a few minutes after that, Payton's players were back on the field, watching Keenum lead a stadium full of fans in a Skol chant while the Saints watched helplessly.

I hope Payton never changes. Rivalries are fun and if you don't want to get mocked don't lose. Sportsmanship is important, but this is entertainment. Having said all that, maybe just wait until the clock hits zeroes before you start mocking an entire fanbase in their home stadium. 

CBS Sports Senior Writer

Will Brinson joined CBS Sports in 2010 and enters his seventh season covering the NFL for CBS. He previously wrote for FanHouse along with myriad other Internet sites. A North Carolina native who lives... Full Bio

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