Saints' Mickey Loomis, Sean Payton don't take the bait, stay out of Deflate-gate discussion _lowres

(File) Advocate staff photo by Patrick Dennis -- General Manager Mickey Loomis says hard lessons were learned with the Junior Galette ordeal. But he says the Saints made the best decisions they could at the time with the information they had.

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New Orleans has been at the center of the kind of maelstrom the New England Patriots are navigating right now.

But Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton both steered away from any comments on the furor surrounding the NFL’s decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

“I have thoughts, but I’m not going to disclose them,” Loomis said. “I just don’t know enough about the details behind it. That’s a Patriots issue, we have enough of our own.”

And when the Patriots arrive at the Greenbrier in a couple of weeks, Payton doesn’t expect it to dominate the discussion, either.

“The good news is when that time comes, we won’t be in these long 30-minute press conferences, and I have a feeling the coach for New England will be the same way,” Payton said. “You guys know how I feel about Bill and their organization. I think they do a great job. Anytime we’ve gotten a chance to practice with them, our teams have gotten good work out of it. I think the same will be the case two weeks from now.”