Saints GM Loomis accused of listening in on opposing coaches
New Orleans, LA, United States (AHN Sports) – A major media outlet is reporting that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis could eavesdrop on visiting coaching staffs for three seasons via an electronic device in his Superdome suite.
The allegations involve the 2002-04 seasons for Loomis, who already faces an eight-game suspension for his part in the team’s bounty scandal. While that situation broke NFL rules, eavesdropping may fall into the area of being a federal crime, as well.
“I can say that we were just made aware of that on Friday, at least of these allegations,” Jim Letten, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana said, according to ESPN. “Anything beyond that I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to comment.”
The ESPN report noted the equipment may have been in place for the Saints prior GM, Randy Mueller, to listen in on the Saints offensive and defensive coaches but alleges it was changed over to capture the opposing team’s coaches for Loomis’ purposes.
The NFL reported it was unaware of the allegations.