If I were running some sort of Black OP, Mike Ornstein would have to the the first guy I would recruit.
This guy should be nicknamed The Fixer.
Ornstein is supposedly a central figure in the NFL's Bounty Scandal.
From Mike Freeman yesterday, Ornstein was involved in sending e-mails to Sean Payton in both 2009 and 2011 regarding putting in money toward the bounty program for taking out quarterbacks. The NFL has its paper trail, and it ties this to other bad behavior, and ties Sean Payton to having direct knowledge. How do you have written emails and documentation of a bounty program where people, like big donors at major universities, are kicking in money on the side? Hubris.
If you do not know Mike Ornstein, well, he came to the Saints’ attention as the marketing agent for Reggie Bush. He was intimately involved with the Saints in their Super Bowl run in 2009, so much so that Sean Payton credited him for a lot of work behind the scenes. Some of that work, as it turns out, also involved in contributing funds for bounties. Ornstein was such a great guy all around that he was popped on federal charges for scalping tickets, and served jail time. Payton sure tried to downplay their relationship soon after that news came out; you would not know they were e-mail buddies.
Yes, we all know about Ornstein from the Bush mess.
It is amazing to me that a man of this caliber continues to have access to programs with the track record he has.
Anyway, it was a blast from the past that caught my eye, that continues to make news for his blatant obliteration of the rules.
This one is going to get ugly...