The New Orleans Saints aren’t “saints” after all.
A recent report from the Associated Press revealed that although the Saints organization had already admitted to “only doing minimal behind-the-scenes” public relations for the Catholic Church on their sexual abuse scandal, the attorneys that’s suing the church is claiming that there are emails proving that the Saints had a major role in working with the church in creating a list of credible accused clergy.
Talk about separation of church and state.
“This goes beyond public relations,” wrote the attorneys for a dozen men that have made claims against the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
“The Saints appear to have had a hand in determining which names should or should not have been included on the pedophile list.”
“In order to fulfill this role … the Saints must have known the specific allegations of sexual abuse against a priest … and made a judgment call about whether those allegations by a particular victim against a named priest were, in its opinion, legitimate enough to warrant being included,” the attorneys explained. “It cannot now be disputed that the Saints had actual involvement in the creation of the pedophile list.”
Saints owner Gayle Benson is believed to be close friends with the local archbishop and is denying all claims of a cover-up. Earlier this week, the Saints’ attorneys said that “neither the Saints nor any of their personnel have anything to hide.”
Well, that may not be the case anymore.
For what it’s worth, back in 2017, Saints quarterback Drew Brees took issue with the act of kneeling in peaceful protest before games.
“I will always feel that if you are an American the national anthem is an opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified and show respect for our country and to show respect for what it stands for,” he said.
One can only imagine how Brees views the “appropriateness” of his team’s actions given their alleged role in the protection of child molesters.