Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 4/24/12

An investigation has been opened by state and federal law officials to determine whether New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis violated any laws amid allegations that he set up a device in the Superdome to listen to conversations of opposing coaches during games.

"The FBI invited us to come into their investigation," Col. Mike Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police, told NFL.com on Tuesday. "We assigned a trooper that works with the FBI to follow their investigation. These are allegations at this point. We deal with facts. We'll look at everything to determine if there is anything to follow and see if state laws are violated on our end. The FBI is investigating federal laws. With all allegations, we'll see if state laws were violated, and if so, we'll visit with the district attorney to see where we proceed."

FBI spokeswoman Sheila Thorne told NFL.com the bureau is "in receipt of the allegations" and would "have no further comment."

Loomis and the Saints have disputed the accuracy of the report by ESPN's "Outside The Lines" that used anonymous sources who claimed Loomis had an electronic system re-wired so he could listen in on opposing coaches in the press box through his earpiece between 2002 to 2004. Loomis and the Saints claim the report is false.

The Superdome was re-wired following the damage sustained after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, so evidence that the device existed may be difficult to obtain.

Loomis could have violated state and federal wiretapping laws if he did listen to opponents without their knowledge, and Loomis also could face sanctions from the NFL.

"We heard the reports just as you did yesterday, and it's something that U.S. attorney's office will make a determination on and we'll make a judgment from there," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday on The Rich Eisen Podcast. "We changed our technology a few years ago to where this would be impossible or near impossible to do in this day and age."

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