Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com rightly points out the stupidity of the Saints for brazenly associating with a guy named Mike Ornstein. An agentmarketing repproblem-fixer (creator), Ornstein'scheckered past should have made him radioactive to anyone in the NFL. Yet he's often inside-the-ropes and behind-the-scenesat league events like the Super Bowl and NFL Owners Meetings. He's a name-dropper of the highest order and he drops the most powerful names you can imagine.E-mails from Ornstein to Saints coach Sean Payton showed Ornstein paying into the Saints bounty kitty on more than one occasion. A former league employee convicted of defrauding the league of more than 300,000 in 1995, he worked in NFL Properties and as a league VP of Marketing. He was also Reggie Bush's marketing agent, cutting deals that led to Bush forfeiting the Heisman Trophy. Ornstein served prison time for scalping Super Bowl tickets from 1998 to 2006. Of this individual, Payton said in his book, "We agreed: If we were going to Miami, Ornstein would oversee the non-game logistics. Room assignments. Travel plans. How many tickets Reggies family might need. If you think issues like those cant erupt into major catastrophes . . . I dont know all the details of what Mike Ornstein did. But I do know the players and their families were extremely well taken care of."Freeman also cites the passage in Payton's book "Home Team."I had Mike Ornstein running special ops. Mike had no official title with the Saints. His name appeared nowhere on the team payroll or organizational chart. But he played an absolutely crucial role in the Saints Super Bowl victory, and hardly anybody knows what he did . . . More than anyone else I know, he understands how to get things done in the pro-sports world. He also has a taste for mischief Now he was a close friend of mine and a great asset to the team, flying into Miami and softening up the off-field for us.Read thisto get more of a flavor for this person. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if there's a lot of people at very high levels sweating bullets about the involvement of Ornstein and whether that day will come where he sings like a canary.Local hook? Bill Belichick's nobody's angel but the guy surrounds himself with football guys, not scam artists.
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