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Saints say taking pictures on Falcons logo no big deal

Barack Obama, Remi Ayodele

President Barack Obama jokes with 2009 NFL Super Bowl Football Champions New Orleans Saints during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, Aug. 9, 2010. Saints defensive tackle Remi Ayodele, with Mohawk, is at center. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)


We hesitated to write about the Saints taking a picture on Falcons logo this morning for fear of making too big a deal out of it. But the story took a life of its own in New Orleans, Atlanta, and nationally with the help of a quote from defensive tackle Remi Ayodele.

I pissed on the Falcons logo,” Ayodele told Pete Prisco of

Since there were plenty of media folks around at the time, we have to assume Ayodele is not being literal. He’s known for occasionally saying outlandish things and apparently was having a little fun.

“The linebackers have done that here for a while,” coach Sean Payton said Tuesday. “It’s done with respect & after the game.”

Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune explained in a video that the Saints’ linebacker’s tradition of taking pictures after a big road win isn’t new. The players often keep the pictures in their locker and it’s meant to foster a family type of atmosphere.

We tend to trust Duncan’s sober view implicitly in most Saints matters and will defer to his opinion here that it’s not a huge deal and the Saints weren’t being disrespectful.

Then again, Ayodele was asked by Prisco if he’d be offended if the Falcons did the same thing.

“Absolutely,” Ayodele said.