Mike Triplett of ESPN.com passed along the story:
According to Josh Katzenstein of NOLA.com, a fire alarm rang throughout Paul Brown Stadium for about 15 minutes ahead of Sunday's game. Payton, annoyed with the noise and looking to keep his team focused, then "smashed" the alarm.
"I just needed the noise to stop," Payton said, per Katzenstein.
After the game, the Bengals said they were looking into the matter and had contacted the authorities. They might have been better off had the alarms sounded during the game, however. It might have temporarily halted the shellacking they took against the Saints.