The fans have taken to online forums, bars and the area outside the Saints facility on Airline Drive to voice their emotions and stand by the embattled NFL team.
While the experts analyzed, frustrated fans found ways to express themselves.
“I heard the news, kind of stood still for a little bit, and digested it and then was, like, ‘You know what? We need to do something,'” Fleurty Girl owner Lauren Thom said.
Thom took the Saints suspensions pretty hard.
“So, I just went on my computer and into Photoshop and just created something and put it on the website for a preorder and I’m blown away. We’ve never ever moved this many shirts in this amount of time,” said Thom.
She’s already sold more than 1,000 of her newly designed “Free Payton” T-shirts and called in extra staff for when they arrive in-store Friday.
“I want as many fans as possible to wear the shirt to show Sean Payton, [sic] support for him and how sorry we are for what happened. It seems quite a bit harsh,” said Thom.