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Author names Saints 'snitch'

Mike Cerullo and Tracy Porter in 2009 (AP Photo) Mike Cerullo and Tracy Porter in 2009 (AP Photo)

When author and filmmaker Alan Donnes did an interview with America's Radio News Network, he revealed something that Saints fans have wondered about since news first broke of the bounty scandal: the whistleblower.

"Will I get shot through the phone if I say it?" Donnes joked.

"Based on my sources, and I believe they're very good, it's former defensive quality control coach Mike Cerullo," Donnes finally announced.

Donnes covers the team and wrote a book about them titled, ‘Patron Saints.'  He claimed Cerullo became disgruntled, was let go after the Saints 2009 Super Bowl run and has had trouble getting work every since.

"He believed that it was Gregg Williams and Sean Payton and others in that organization, blocking him from getting other work," Donnes explained to a national audience. "To the best of my sources I have and everybody has, we all have that name. The Saints, we believe, have not been told to confirm anything and they probably wouldn't. But it's Mike Cerullo and he is an assistant coach at the University of Connecticut."

Donnes acknowledged that he is the first to bring Cerullo's name to the forefront. He said he wanted to get the name off of his chest because of the several erroneous reports that speculated who the snitch was. The most famous being Warren Sapp's claim that it was former tight end Jeremy Shockey.

"It was not Jeremy Shockey that was completely erroneous," Donnes said. "There were a whole lot of rumors who did it. Even in New Orleans, they were naming lower level players but I'd bet my checking account, which isn't very much, that it was Mike Cerullo."

Donnes declined our interview request but sent the following statement:

"While I appreciate the invitation to discuss, in greater detail, the content of my radio interview today, I would prefer to cease speaking about the matter. Nothing that anyone can add at this point will change what has been ordered by the league and, perhaps, we should all move on and prepare for a new season of Saints football.

"I would, however, like to make it known, with 100% clarity, that no current or previous employee of the New Orleans Saints was my source on this subject."

Multiple calls and e-mails to Cerullo were not returned.

The Saints had no comment on the report.

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