Saints To Remove Iconic Image Of Tracy Porter's Superbowl Clinching Interception Because Darren Sharper Is In It
NOLA- The New Orleans Saints are removing an iconic poster from Champions Square.
The image, which features Tracy Porter returning an interception for a touchdown to seal the Saints' Super Bowl win against the Colts.
However, the poster also features former Saint Darren Sharper in the background. Sharper, who retired after the 2010 season, recently pled guilty to multiple counts of rape and was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Couldn't we just, I don't know, move the tree to the right a little? Maybe grab a bucket of whiteout and just paint over Darren Sharper's face? In all seriousness, this is the right move, especially in the era we are living in. Last thing we need is Goodell seeing that thing up there once the season started. If deflating a football is four games, and paying football players to tackle really hard is a year, I can only imagine the punishment the Saints would face for a 20 foot likeness of a serial rapist.
Hey, if I had one retroactive wish it would be that Darren Sharper didn't have non-consensual sex with half the able bodied (before the roofies) female population, but such is life. Luckily enough for me I have turned the term 'divide and conquer' into an art form. To a certain degree I think most sports fans have. In a perfect world would I prefer good players that are good people? Sure, but I'll settle for the first requirement. I can still appreciate the defensive catalyst that Darren Sharper was for that 2009 team. That doesn't mean that I don't hope he eventually burns in an eternal hell. In my mind they aren't even the same person. Watching the 2009 highlights it doesn't even register with me that the sticky handed safety with the golden smile was just taking sexual satisfaction without asking first. Nah, must be a different Darren Sharper. If his play on the field were any indication he would have done a much better job covering up this scandal. Can't imagine one of the interception leaders in NFL history wouldn't have picked these women off before they made it to a police station or a news outlet. Glass half full Saints fans, at least it wasn't someone immortalized by this franchise like Deuce McAllister.
All jokes aside, this is great news for everyone involved. On the surface, taking a memorial of the biggest play in franchise history down from Champion's Square may seem like a loss for the organization as well as the fans. However, consider that it's probably the worst picture of the play, and it seems like a win for all of us. Darren Sharper becomes a distant memory, and the Saints get a second chance at memorializing a defining moment in their history. I know one thing, if they do what they are supposed to the sneaky biggest winners of this whole situation are Will Smith and Scott Shanle.
Let's bring the chills back...