ESPN takes more heat in new John Barr report

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Posted on August 19, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 19 at 5:47 PM

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ESPN's John Barr submitted another Outside the Lines report on the Saints, this time focusing on head coach Sean Payton and his relationship with the media, and some around the Internet are greeting it with a resounding shrug.

You can watch the piece here.

ProFootballTalk has an analysis of the report here. Mike Florio points out that much of the complaints of Payton in the piece could be made against most NFL coaches, who Florio points out tend to be less than amiable to journalists. 

"We’ve heard the stories over the years. Payton can be arrogant and vindictive and mean spirited when dealing with the media. And, yes, he has done some things that are over the top — as his one-year suspension confirms," Florio writes. "So have other coaches. It doesn’t make it right. But it goes with the territory. And it flows from the physical, rough-and-tumble nature of the sport."

ProFootballTalk also reports that Barr didn't interview members of the media who supposedly had contentious relationships with Payton.

Barr didn't mention his controversial report from April that claimed general manager Mickey Loomis could eavesdrop on opposing coaches during gametime. A Louisiana State Police report released earlier this month said that there is no evidence to support such accusation.

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