While the NFL world is getting ready for the Super Bowl between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints, following their disappointing early playoff exit, are dealing with some serious allegations off the field.
According to the Associated Press, the Saints will be heading to court in an effort to keep "hundreds of emails secret" that allegedly connect some of the team's executives with assisting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans with its "sexual abuse crisis."
In the detailed report from the AP, attorneys in an impeding suit claimed the Saints helped the Archdiocese in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.”
While the team declined comment, court papers noted the Saints' attorneys passionately denied the allegations as well as the organization taking any part in helping the Catholic Church cover up anything.
Individuals suing the church are accusing Saints' personnel of using their team e-mails to advise church officials on how to move forward and defend the accusations that have been presented.
“The information at issue bears a relationship to these crimes because it is a continuation of the Archdiocese’s pattern and practice of concealing its crimes so that the public does not discover its criminal behavior,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys wrote via the AP. “And the Saints joined in.”
Obviously, more is to come from this shocking development. The NFL has yet to comment, and you better believe they'll be working to do so as soon as possible.