Jan 31, 2012 5:57 AM by AP

Man charged with threat during Lions-Saints game

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan man faces federal charges on accusations he phoned in a bomb threat to the Superdome while the Detroit Lions were playing the New Orleans Saints in the NFL playoffs.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans says that 34-year-old Shawn H. Payton made the call on Jan. 7, when about 70,000 people were inside the stadium in New Orleans.
The office says he made a second call 45 minutes later, saying there would be "severe consequences" if the "stupid southern team keeps winning." The Saints beat the Lions 45-28.
The FBI arrested Payton on Monday. He was freed on bond after appearing in Detroit federal. His next federal court date is Feb. 14 in New Orleans.
A phone number listed for Payton in Jackson wasn't working Monday night.


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