Report: NFL will wait for eavesdropping case to be investigated
The NFL will wait for the legal process to play out before it considers taking action after allegations surfaced Monday that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on opposing coaches in the Superdome.
Loomis and the Saints have adamantly denied the charges that he broke both federal and state laws while also violating NFL rules. The FBI has been made aware of the accusations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. According to ESPN, Loomis has hardwired the visiting coaches’ communication equipment to his suite in the stadium so he could listen in on the action.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports the league will “refrain from acting” on the matter until it runs its course through the legal system. The NFL has said it had no knowledge of the matter. The Associated Press has reported a joint force comprised of Louisiana State Police and FBI members will investigate the matter.
The Saints have been troubled this offseason by the bounty scandal, and Loomis has been suspended for the first eight games of the regular season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for his role in the matter.
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