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Report: Actor Kevin James to play Saints coach Sean Payton in Netflix movie about year after Bountygate

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4/13/2021 Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY
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Sean Payton's doppelgänger may have some work to do.

Actor Kevin James of "The King of Queens" and "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" will play the New Orleans Saints head coach in a Netflix movie called "Home Team," according to NBC Sports.

The plot is set to begin during the 2012 season, after Payton was suspended for the entire season for his role in the Bountygate scandal, according to NBC Sports. Then Payton — played by James — reassesses his life and becomes the offensive coach of his son Connor's youth football team in the Dallas area, a team named the Warriors.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be portrayed by actor Kevin James in an upcoming Netflix movie. © Chuck Cook, USA TODAY Sports New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will be portrayed by actor Kevin James in an upcoming Netflix movie.

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NBC reported that Payton read the script and made some corrections. 

The film, which is being presented by the Happy Madison Productions, the company owned by actor Adam Sandler, is set to begin shooting this year.


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News of the film set off a mini-feud within the social media departments of the NFC South, the division in which the Saints play. The social media staffs within the division typically make it a point to troll the other' fan bases.

The Atlanta Falcons fired first, posting on Twitter an image of Payton's face cropped onto the body of a Paul Blart promotional poster.

The Saints responded with their own altered image, one that played on the title of James' sitcom series "The King of Queens." In the image, Payton is smiling with the title above his head that says: "The King of Beating Atlanta." The text of the tweet read "The longest running show in Atlanta."

The script does have some accuracy to real life. After Payton was suspended, he told the Times-Picayune in 2012 that he ran the offense of his son Connor's sixth-grade football team in the Dallas area, the Liberty Christian Warriors.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Report: Actor Kevin James to play Saints coach Sean Payton in Netflix movie about year after Bountygate

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