NEW ORLEANS -- New Orleans Saints linebacker Scott Shanle said the Atlanta Falcons players acted classless on Sunday, particularly in their treatment of ex-teammate Curtis Lofton, according to a report by Michael Silver of Yahoo!Sports.
Monday morning he told WWLTV.com it wasn't specifically something that Falcons said, but more the actions in talking to Lofton that they were bothed by some of the players.
Saints cornerback Jabari Greer, on the other hand, didn’t think anything of Atlanta’s actions.
“That’s just the nature of the game,” Greer said Monday. “We’re very prideful people. This is a hot-tempered game. We realize they weren’t going to give him flowers and buttercups. It’s not one of those games. We play a game in which emotions can go crazy.”
Greer did, however, applaud Lofton for the way he approached Sunday game against the team that drafted him in the 2008 second round out of Oklahoma.
“Being professionals, we have to make sure we maintain our poise and maintain a discipline and create the chaos between the lines,” Greer said. “I think Curtis did a great job of maintaining his professionalism and going out there and really playing lights out between the lines. I’m happy for him.”
Lofton said very little before or after the game about playing his former team. He finished the game with five tackles and one pass breakup.
The only hint as to his emotion following the game came in a simple quote, when he said, “The team that was on the field today was the reason I came to the Saints.”
Still, Silver’s story paints a different picture.
Another action by the Atlanta team rubbed some New Orleans fans the wrong way.
The "D-block," a Falcons.com locker room video, included a free style rap that seemed to hint that the Falcons would win without a problem on Sunday. The rap occurs at the 11-minute mark.
--WWLTV.com sports reporter Bradley Handwerger contributed to this report.