A paternity suit was brought to New Orleans Civil District Court Monday morning that named Sean Payton as the defendant. The suit, which is a class action case filed by the city of Atlanta, accuses Sean Payton of illegitimate parentage over the Falcons organization.
Since taking over the Saints in 2006, Payton has compiled a 12-3 record against the Falcons, leading to speculation that he was indeed the Falcons’ ‘daddy’. Payton denies the claims, and says the rumors were started several years ago as his parental influence over the organization became apparent.
“Obviously there is a great deal of confusion in this case,” said Payton. “I have definitely lorded over them, scolded them, punished them, and occasionally beat them like a red-headed stepchild when they have disobeyed me in my house, but does this suit have merit? Definitely not.”
This past Sunday, just one day before the suit was officially filed, the rumor mill began churning once again as Payton publicly spanked the Falcons in front of a sold out Super Dome crowd for what he deemed as being ‘disobedient’.
“Like I said,” chided Payton. “My house, my rules. And that is not for just the Falcons. Here, everyone calls me daddy!”
It remains to be seen how this suit will play out in court.