Kevin James to Play Saints' Sean Payton in 'Home Team' Movie on 'Bountygate' Scandal

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIApril 12, 2021

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is seen prior to an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
AP Photo/Gerry Broome

Sean Payton will be portrayed on the silver screen by actor Kevin James in a new Netflix movie titled Home Team, about the Saints' Bountygate scandal.

NBC Sports' Peter King shared the news Monday, noting that Payton has recently made corrections to the script and given the green light to the film.

In the wake of the announcement, the Atlanta Falcons poked fun at the casting, only to have the Saints respond in kind:

New Orleans Saints @Saints

The longest running show in Atlanta https://t.co/QDpZlCxyF5 pic.twitter.com/Zf1L2nQT8h

The Saints were accused of paying out bonuses to players who injured their opponents from 2009 to 2011. As a result, Payton was suspended for the 2012 season, and other personnel within the organization, including general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant head coach Joe Vitt, were suspended for part of that year.

While he was sidelined, Payton coached his sixth-grade son's youth football team.

The film will be produced by Happy Madison Productions—Adam Sandler's company. Filming will begin this year, per King.