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Airport officials identify Saints egg-throwing suspect

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Atlanta airport officials say they have identified one employee as the suspect in an egg-throwing incident involving a charter bus carrying the New Orleans Saints to their team hotel earlier this week.  One of six buses was hit by two or three eggs in a secure area at the airport Wednesday night.

Officials from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport say they've identified the employee, but they have not said whether he is an airline or concessions employee.  They say they won't release any further information until the investigation is complete.  

On Wednesday night, some Saints' players tweeted that their bus was egged when they landed at the airport. Backup quarterback Chase Daniel tweeted, "Wow… as we're boarding buses on the tarmac at Atlanta airport… we start getting eggs thrown at us by airport workers! Guess they do hate us!"

Linebacker Will Herring took it all in stride, tweeting, "First time my bus has been egged by opposing fans. Tomorrow should be fun!"

FOX 5's Aungelique Proctor spoke with veteran bus driver Clarence Lester, who was behind the wheel of the bus when it was hit.  He says he's appalled by the incident.

"When we got ready to pull off, I hear this thump, and that's when the egg hit the bus," said Lester.  

Lester says he has driven team buses that have been egged before, but it's never happened to him on an airport tarmac.  Lester said he feels that the person responsible should be disciplined.

Dried egg remained on the bus on Thursday afternoon.  Lester said he had tried to get it off but couldn't—but that he would need to get it off by Friday afternoon before he is scheduled to take the Georgia Bulldogs to Atlanta for the SEC Championship on Saturday.

FOX 5's Justin Gray spoke with airport general manager Louis Miller on Thursday night about the incident.  He said it's not something that will be tolerated, and they plan on finding out who's behind it.  

"It's not funny at all—I just think it's inappropriate behavior, no doubt about it," said Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport General Manager Louis Miller.  Employees should not be doing those things coming through here, and I believe it's the first time I've ever heard of it happening here."

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