New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is having a pretty crummy year thus far.
Payton, who earlier this year was suspended for the entire 2012-2013 NFL season for his role in the Saints’ bounty program, is now getting divorced from his wife Beth, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported Monday.
According to the report, the petition filed in Tarrant County, Texas on June 14, lists the grounds for divorce as “discord or conflict of personalities between Petitioner and Respondent that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”
Although the divorce filings don’t use the couples’ full names — as to avoid making the Paytons’ identities public — they describe two residents of Tarrant County with the initials of Payton (PSP) and his wife (BAP), the date that the Paytons were married, and the birth dates of the couple’s two children.
While Sean Payton is reportedly seeking joint custody of the nearly 20-year couple’s two children, his wife has filed a counter-claim asking the court to schedule the coach’s time with the children, “as necessary to protect the health and well-being of the children.”
Beth Payton is also requesting exclusive rights to make decisions regarding the medical, legal and educational interests of the couple’s two children, and she has requested that Sean Payton pay child support, the Times-Picayune adds.
The Paytons, who have long maintained a residence in Texas since Sean was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys, would have marked their 20th anniversary on July 11.
Prior to the divorce, Sean Payton told ESPN that his struggles with the fact that he cannot be with the Saints organization (due to the suspension) won’t overwhelm him because of the enjoyment he’ll get from being with his 12-year-old son Connor and teenage daughter Meghan.
“Oftentimes with what we do, the time we get to spend with our children is limited,” Payton said. “So I’m looking forward to taking advantage of that.”
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