The New Orleans Saints got a messy welcome at Hartsfield Jackson International airport on Wednesday night. One of the Saints charter buses was egged at the airport.
It all started with a tweet from Saints tight end Jimmy Graham. He tweeted, "Bus got egged after landing in ATL by the ramp workers. Classy! "RISE Up" smh."
Another one came from the back-up QB Chase Daniel, "We start getting eggs thrown at us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us."
The Falcons and Saints have always been rivals but some fans think the airport employees went too far with egging the Saints bus.
"I don't think that's right, we've got a little bit of class for that," Falcons fan William Goodard said.
"It definitely went too far and I don't want Atlanta to be represented like that. That's a bad image on Atlanta as a whole, so it was not cool," Falcons fan Sharon Jackson said.
Saints fans tailgating before the division game laughed it off.
"Falcons fans don't know what to do with eggs. See we put crawfish and shrimp in our eggs," Saints fan Carl Blouin said.
Will Herring tweeted, "First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans! Tomorrow should be fun!"
The Saints dashed the Falcons' chance at a perfect season earlier this month. The dirty birds lost in the superdome, going into Thursday night's home game 10 and 1 on the season. Some fans think that may have led to the airport worker taking action with the eggs.
"They got their point across. The Saints aren't welcome here. We're in Falcon country now," Falcons fan Athon Grimball said.
The airport determined one employee is responsible for throwing five or six, with half of them hitting the bus. The general manager said the behavior is unacceptable.
"I want to make it perfectly clear this type of misbehavior that happened at the airport is not to be tolerated in the future. We're going to do everything in our power to make sure it doesn't happen again," Louis Miller said.
The airport is still trying to identify the employee responsible, and think their employer will take the appropriate disciplinary action.
Atlanta police will be at the airport when the Saints return to make sure they get off safely.
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