Published: Sat, December 09, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Sean Payton Claims He Doesn't Remember Shit-Talking Devonta Freeman

Sean Payton Claims He Doesn't Remember Shit-Talking Devonta Freeman

Each missed at least one game, with Freeman and Schraeder both missing a pair of games. After getting frustrated with an official in the final minute of the game with the Saints needing a stop, Payton got called for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving the Falcons the first down they needed to seal the game after a fourth quarter. The Falcons had four penalties for 35 yards. Of Atlanta's 26 first downs, nine came by penalty.

By Friday afternoon, it sounded like the coach had decided that his initial concerns were warranted, and that it's a problem the league should address. After a critical interception by rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans had 4 seconds left in the half and were in position for a 47-yard field goal.

An NFL review is standard practice whenever a penalty is issued for unsportsmanlike conduct toward officials.

Saints' head coach Sean Payton is under fire after making a "choking" gesture at Falcons running back Devonta Freeman during Thursday night's game.

Payton conceded after the game that he "said it with a little more oomph or vigor than I was supposed to" in reference to the exchange with Larrew while adding that he had "had enough" at that point in the game.

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LeRibeus, who had replaced Senio Kelemete, said he considered moving a few inches closer to the line, but he was more focused on executing the block. I have to be smarter than that.

"He had a concussion, and he's in the concussion protocol, and we'll just let the medical staff and the doctors do their thing", Quinn said.

Following several incidents with officials during their loss last night, the NFL is looking into Sean Payton's actions towards the refs and may fine him, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero.

"I thought the officiating was extremely poor", Payton said.

"If that's roughing, then every play I touch somebody is roughing", Rankins said. "And it's something that's gonna have to be addressed from a leadership standpoint at the top in our league office". That showdown could be huge, too, as New Orleans pulled to within a game of Atlanta in the NFC South with Thursday's victory.

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