Sean Payton downplays taunting Vikings fans with ‘Skol’ clap (vid)
Sean Payton on Tuesday downplayed the significance of how he taunted Minnesota Vikings fans with their team chant during Sunday’s game … just before the New Orleans Saints lost in stunning fashion by a score of 29-24 on Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard miracle touchdown as time expired.
Word of Sean Payton’s now-regrettable taunt was first brought to light by Ben Leber, who serves as a sideline reporter on the Vikings Radio Network. Payton’s gestures — with which he mocked the Vikings’ “Skol” chant — to fans behind the Saints’ bench are believed to have occurred sometime after the Saints pulled ahead 24-23 with 25 seconds remaining.
The act was highlighted on social media.
— Matthias Buechler (@MatthiasBeekie) January 16, 2018
And here’s Sean Payton doing the skol chant in gif form: pic.twitter.com/6jsKXMvQzZ
— xtina (@cyvonne1229) January 16, 2018
And now Payton simply is dismissing his taunting as good clean fun, although he does have a history of pulling off ill-advised taunts, as recently as a few months ago.
“There was just a group of fans; it was good playoff fun,” Payton said at a news conference Tuesday, via The Times-Picayune.
In the grand scheme of things, Payton’s actions are much ado about nothing, especially in the eyes of Vikings fans, who can now gloat over pulling off one of the greatest endings in NFL postseason history. The Saints are done for the season and the Vikings will take on the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.
Last laugh, indeed.