New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton occasionally engages in trash talk with opposing players, but he admitted on Wednesday to crossing the line two weeks ago. In the fourth quarter of the Saints' loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 7, Payton made a choking gesture in the direction of Falcons running back Devonta Freeman after a play that resulted with Freeman being on the Saints sideline. Immediately after the game, Payton said he didn't remember making the gesture, but when Atlanta media asked him about it on Wednesday, he expressed remorse over the move. "Listen, the mistake I made that night was letting my emotions get the best of me," Payton told reporters on a teleconference, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "It's the same thing that we talk about with our players all of the time. It wasn't good, and I felt like as that game went on, it even affected me in calling plays. "I've got to better that way. It was frustrating from some of the officiating, but you learn even when you've been in this thing as long as I have. It's something that you regret and you look back on -- what are you doing? So, I think that's the thing that bugged me for the better part of the week."
Sean Payton remorseful over choke gesture toward Falcons' Devonta Freeman
New Orleans Times-Picayune | Dec 21