This is Louisiana, Henry. There is very little in that state and in New Orleans that is aboveboard and legit. You have only to read your history to see that. The Kingfisher is a classic example.
KatrinaRita brought out the best in many people, but also the worst of the scam artists.
So why should the football team be expected to be honest in its dealings with the rest of the league?
I suspect most of the successful teams cheat in one way or another, but for a New Orleans team to do it doesn't seem strange to me at all. And I was in New Orleans at Super Bowl time a few years back, cheering them on.
Encouraging pounding the other team in football starts in high school and is prevalent in many college programs. Listening in on the other team's locker room is SOP at many schools. I don't agree with it, but it's happening everywhere. The good old days are long, long gone. Technology improvements and steroids have seen to that.