This is disgusting. It's disgusting and it sucks. After having gone through what our city has been through, having so little to look forward to except for Saints games, having given so much to this team and its players, I feel completely and absolutely betrayed.
We looked up to our Saints as if they were the real thing, honest to God Saints. And what did they do with that trust and admiration? Did they not think how this would make us look when this came to light? Was there no consideration for us? That after having to hear the same old shit from other teams' bad fans (you know the kind I'm talking about, the small minority who you're all embarrassed by) about how "the calls always seem to go our way", or "trashy city, trashy team" and all that crap, now we have to deal with this?
Honestly it was easier to get made fun of for supporting the terrible teams of the past, and I would much prefer it over having to carry the burden of supporting a team that actively sought to incentivize the injuring of opponents.
Let me speak now directly to fellow Saints fans. Do not attempt to justify this or absolve our organization from wrongdoing. What the Saints have done is wrong and unsportsmanlike, and we deserve all the punishment we get. This is not what an organization that follows the ideals we claim to be all about should look like. We'll get past this eventually, yes. But in the meantime, let's show everyone that we, the fans at least, can walk the walk when it comes to integrity and sportsmanship.
And now if I can speak to fans of other teams: In the past many of you have expressed sympathy for our team and our city. We recognize that many of you have cheered for us at times, and wished us well. I sincerely and desperately hope that this will not color your opinion of New Orleans as a whole, or the people who live there, or fans like myself. We know this is wrong, and we hate that it happened. Remember though, that we fans had nothing to do with it. Please don't punish us for something we had no control over.
In short. Heads should roll over this. Virtue untested is no virtue at all.