Yesterday Netflix released the first trailer for the upcoming sports comedy film Home team, which stars comedian Kevin James as Sean Payton, the famous coach of the New Orleans Saints. It may be based on a true story, but NFL fans on social media aren’t exactly thrilled.
According to Netflix’s official synopsis, Home team opens as Payton is unexpectedly suspended just two years after a Super Bowl victory. Upon returning home, he finds himself reconnecting with his 12-year-old son by getting his football team Pop Warner back into shape. The film’s cast also includes Taylor Lautner, Jackie Sandler, Rob Schneider and Gary Valentine. And yes, it’s loosely based on a true story.
Although Home team seemingly follows all the classic beats of a feel-good sports comedy, many people on Twitter weren’t sold. Some took issue with James’ casting as Payton and questioned the overall quality of the film as a whole. “If you ever do a biopic about me and Kevin James plays me, we’re immediately in a blood feud,” one user said. wrote.
Others questioned Netflix’s decision to release a comedy film about Payton, who is a controversial figure to say the least. The coach was suspended after officials discovered Saints players received extra payments for injuring members of opposing teams (aka “Bounty Portal“). In 2020, the Associated Press also reported that Payton was embroiled in a scandal in which Saints helped the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans cover up the fallout from a religious sex abuse crisis.
Another Twitter user mocked the streamer for supporting Home team, writing“Remember the NFL coach suspended for attempting to injure and end the careers of opposing players who was also involved in navigating a religious cult abuse scandal… well, WE have a comedy for you!!!”
Home team hits Netflix on January 28, 2022. Scroll up to watch the official trailer.
look Home team on Netflix in January 2022