A Detroit Lions fans threatened to blow up the Superdome during the team’s playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Jan. 7, according to federal court records obtained by the Detroit News.
Shawn Payton, 34, of Jackson, Mich., appeared in a Detroit court for a hearing Monday. He was released on bond but ordered to face charges in a Louisiana federal court on Feb. 14, the News reported.
According to documents, Payton — no relation to Saints head coach Sean Payton — twice phoned in a threat to employees at the Superdome.
During the first call, which came after Drew Brees threw a touchdown pass to put the Saints on top 24-14 in the third quarter, the Lions fan reportedly said he would blow up the building.
After the Lions failed to recover an onside kick attempt in the fourth quarter, he reportedly called back, this time with a little more specificity.
“Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline,” he said, according to the court documents. “If your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper . . . severe consequences, OK?”
Contacted by various media outlets, Shawn Payton admitted he made the calls and expressed remorse.
“I’m not a bad person,” he told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “I was just so proud of the Lions finally making the
playoffs for the first time in God knows how long. I got caught up in
the heat of the moment, and I seriously, highly regret making those calls.”