Saints team execs allegedly helped cover up sexual abuse scandal at local Roman Catholic archdiocese
The New Orleans Saints are trying to do some damage control amidst allegations that team execs tried to cover up a sexual abuse scandal at a local Roman Catholic archdiocese.
According to Jim Mustian of the Associated Press, the Saints, and archdiocese are fighting in court to have hundreds of emails kept private and not being released to the public.
Attorney’s for about two dozen men who are suing the church over the sexual abuse scandal says the documents show the NFL team aided the archdiocese in the cover-up.
“Obviously, the Saints should not be in the business of assisting the Archdiocese, and the Saints’ public relations team is not in the business of managing the public relations of criminals engaged in pedophilia,” the attorneys wrote in a court filing. “The Saints realize that if the documents at issue are made public, this professional sports organization also will be smearing itself.”
Saints attorneys have fought back saying the emails show no wrongdoing, but the emails were supposed to remain private, and shouldn’t be for the public eye.
The NFL has not commented on the case. There are no signs of a league report on the matter. However, if the situation escalates for the Saints, one would assume that the league punishes New Orleans in some fashion.
There are always two sides to every story, but if it turns out New Orleans was covering up a sexual abuse scandal this is going to be a very bad thing for an organization with a proud history.