A New Orleans Saints fan, who posts as "2009ring" on SaintsReport.com, recently managed to pull off this photo of him and NFL commisioner Roger Goodell. What makes this pic so intriguing is the "Free Sean Payton" shirt the clever fan was wearing at the time of the shot. Why is that relevant? Well, the man responsible for putting Payton on the sidelines is none other than Goodell, who issued a one-year suspension to the Saints head coach as a result of the league's investigation in a bounty program.
How did it happen? 2009ring was chosen to be one of the participants in the "SiriusXM Town Hall" event in New York on Monday, and took full advantage of his opportunity.
Here is his account of the now infamous photo op:
During the event, I wore my white Deuce 26 jersey. Underneath I had a black "FREE SEAN PAYTON" T shirt on. 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.The whole ordeal just adds another jab to Goodell's already depleting credibility.