Countless NFL players have been sitting in the locker room when a team staff member approached and said, "The head coach wants to see you and be sure to bring your playbook." Except for a select few superstars who are able to retire before getting cut, this is an eventuality that virtually every NFL player faces.
However, the New Orleans Saints seem to have a bigger problem with angry former players and employees than other NFL teams. The latest angry former Saint is Mike Karney. In a recent interview, the former NFL FB referred to the Saints franchise as "evil." Karney may be angry because New Orleans cut him on the night of his wedding dinner rehearsal.
Take a closer look at three other angry former New Orleans Saints.
Mike Cerullo was a quality control coach for the Saints when they won the Super Bowl. Reportedly, the former coach was angry at being let go after the season and blamed the franchise for his inability to land another NFL coaching job. The Times-Picayune first reported that Cerullo may have supplied bounty evidence to the NFL against New Orleans.
Despite Warren Sapp's claim, I never believed that Jeremy Shockey gave bounty evidence to the NFL. Although he was cut after the 2010 season, Shockey still has a strong relationship with his former head coach. However, Shockey proved he's still a bit angry at the Saints when he directed some rude hand gestures to them during a 2011 game.
Geoff Santini is the former New Orleans Saints Director of Security who accused coaches of stealing Vicodin. As a security director, he had every right to act if something like this happened. The reason why Santini comes across as an angry former Saints employee is that he didn't make this claim until after his employment in New Orleans ended.
Endnote on Reggie Bush
From the moment he was traded to the Miami Dolphins, Reggie Bush has done nothing but treat the New Orleans Saints and their fans with class and dignity. I still believe that the moment the Saints drafted Bush marked the return of a positive vibe in New Orleans. Unlike other angry former Saints, Bush handled his departure with respect and professionalism.
Patrick Michael lives in New Orleans and has always been a big fan of the New Orleans Saints. Patrick's favorite Saints season was 2009 when New Orleans won Super Bowl 44. Follow Patrick Michael on Twitter at patmichael84.
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