For the first time, a potential whistleblower has been publicly identified in conjunction with the Bounty scandal surrounding the New Orleans Saints.
Alan Donnes, a freelance filmmaker and writer, mentioned the name of former New Orleans Saints defensive quality control Coach Mike Cerullo on America's News Radio Network in an interview Tuesday.
Donnes authored the book, "Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans A Reason To Believe," in 2007.
"Based on my sources, and I believe they're very good, the former defensive quality control coach, his name is Mike Cerullo with a 'C,' was let go after the Super Bowl season and for whatever reason, he was unable to find work in the NFL and he believed that it was Gregg Williams and Sean Payton and others in the Saints organization blocking him from getting other work," said Donnes. "To the best of the sources I have and everybody else has, we all have that name."
Cerullo spent four seasons with the Saints, from 2007 through 2010, working as an offensive line assistant, a special teams assistant and as an assistant to defensive coordinator Gregg Williams in 2009-2010. He provided quality control on both offense and defense, assisting with linebackers and special teams and all scout teams. He also performed film breakdown and created scouting reports, according to his bio at www.uconnhuskies.com.
Cerullo was named as a program aide to the University of Connecticut football program on June 1, 2011. He served as an offensive consultant to the University of Miami program in 2010.
Donnes, who is an occasional contributor to SportsNola.com, appeared on the radio show independent of any affiliation with SportsNola.
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