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Naperville's stance understandable but Payton still a dubious character

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It's understandable that Naperville would stand up for native Sean Payton, writes Mike Imrem, but his transgressions expose a serious character flaw.

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Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, celebrates after winning the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami. Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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FILE -- This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during his season-ending news conference at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La. The NFL has suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the team's bounty program that targeted opposing players. Also Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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Pockets of Naperville are doing what families and hometowns do: Supporting one of their very own. But there is no defense for the combination of what Sean Payton has done early and late in his NFL career.
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    • Itís understandable that Naperville would stand up for native Sean Payton, writes Mike Imrem, but his transgressions expose a serious character flaw.
    • Saints head coach Sean Payton, left, celebrates after winning the NFL Super Bowl XLIV football game in Miami. Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the 2012 season by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was banned indefinitely on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, because of the teamís bounty program that targeted opposing players. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)
    • FILE ó This Jan. 17, 2012 file photo shows New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton during his season-ending news conference at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La. The NFL has suspended New Orleans head coach Sean Payton for the 2012 season, and former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is banned from the league indefinitely because of the teamís bounty program that targeted opposing players. Also Wednesday, March 21, 2012, Goodell suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games of 2012, and assistant coach Joe Vitt has to sit out the first six games. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
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