In the aftermath of Sean Payton being suspended by Roger Goodell for the entire season, “Free Sean Payton” t-shirts began to pop up all over the web. But one place we never thought one of those t-shirts would pop up is in a photo with Roger Goodell himself.
Well, that all changed when a Saints fan who posts under the name,”2009ring” on SaintsReport.com posted the picture above.
2009ring was chosen to be part of Monday’s “SiriusXM Town Hall” event in New York where fans got the opportunity to ask Goodell questions. But just how did 2009ring pull off getting his picture taken with Goodell wearing the shirt? We’ll let him explain:
During the event, I wore my white Deuce 26 jersey. Underneath I had a black “FREE SEAN PAYTON” T shirt on. I didn’t want to risk any reactions to the shirt before or during the broadcast (there was NFL security EVERYWHERE). So, after the broadcast, I removed the jersey and put it in my bag. They gave us each footballs that Goodell signed for us. I held my football over the FSP part of the shirt until I got right next to Goodell. We made chit chat for a minute then posed for the picture. At that time I lowered the football to my waist to fully expose the FREE SEAN PAYTON message on the shirt. They took two pictures of us together like that. I’m due to get it in 3-4 weeks, I’m not convinced it will show up. Either that or I’ll probably get fined or suspended for a few games for conduct detrimental or other BS