ATLANTA, Ga. - Saints team officials have confirmed that the team's bus was hit with eggs by someone on the tarmac at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Wednesday.
Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel said the team had just boarded the bus to go to the hotel when the incident occurred.
A spokesperson for the Atlanta airport released the following statement:
"It has been confirmed that eggs were thrown at the New Orleans Saints’ charter bus as they departed the ramp at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last night. Airline workers were in the ramp area. Airport and airline officials are investigating the incident and further information will be forthcoming. Meanwhile, Atlanta Police will augment the airline security presence during the team’s departure.
Aviation General Manager Louis Miller emphasized that this behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."
The incident was first reported by some Saints players who took to Twitter after it happened.
Bus just got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh
— Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) November 29, 2012
Wow, as we’re boarding buses on the Tarmac @ Atlanta airport, we start getting eggs thrown @ us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!— Chase Daniel (@ChaseDaniel) November 29, 2012
First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!!#WhoDatNation
— Will Herring (@wherring54) November 29, 2012
While the team already had much of its playoff hopes hinging on the game, this news ensures the Saints won't be short on motivation. Kickoff is set for 7:20 p.m. Thursday.