Mickey Loomis denies eavesdropping allegations
The embattled New Orleans Saints are vigorously denying an ESPN report that general manager Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on visiting coaches from his suite at the Superdome in what would be a violation of federal and state laws.
“This report on ESPN is absolutely false," Loomis wrote in an email to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports. "I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league-issued stats for the game. I have a small TV with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the WWL-AM radio (flagship station) game broadcast.
"To think I am sitting in there listening and actually and/or doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much less credible. It just didn’t happen."
Originally, the team called the report 100 percent false. Since, team spokesman Greg Bensel has called the report 1,000 percent false. We’re trying to determine the difference between the two. The bottom line is the Saints have been rocked by the bounty scandal and they’re reacting swiftly and strongly to this.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office was tipped off to an alleged listening device used by Loomis between 2002 and 2004. Presumably, there will be an investigation. The Saints have trotted out various people who have watched games with Loomis and they have denied this happened as well.
Loomis has been suspended by the NFL for eight games for the bounty scandal. We’ll see what path this story takes.
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