Saints coach Sean Payton did some damage to the visitor’s locker room in Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday.
Payton confirmed to reporters Monday he smashed a fire alarm before New Orleans’ 51-14 win over the Bengals. He said he “just needed the noise to stop.”
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The stadium was having issues with its fire alarm shortly before kickoff. Payton said he broke the alarm for practical purposes, not as a motivational tactic.
“I gladly will take care of the repair cost,” Payton said (via ESPN). “And I consider … that organization as close allies and people we have a lot of respect for, the same way with (Cincinnati coach) Marvin (Lewis).
“It was just something that had gone on — and in order for us as we got ready for the game, I thought that was important.”
The Bengals released a statement addressing the incident to The Times-Picayune after the game.
“We are aware of this situation and have been in touch with the authorities, but have nothing more on it at this time,” the statement said.
New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw for three touchdowns in the win while Alvin Kamara added two scores on the ground. The victory was the Saints’ eighth in a row.