As if the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal wasn’t enough, now John Barr of ESPN’s Outside the Lines has uncovered some evidence that indicates general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that had been secretly re-wired so he could listen in on opposing coaches for about three years.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was informed of the evidence on Friday, according to Outside the Lines.
Sources of Outside the Lines have told them that Loomis had the ability to listen in for most of the 2002 season, which was his first as the Saints general manager. He also had the opportunity to listen in during the entire 2003 and 2004 seasons.
If these allegations against Loomis are in fact true, he would be in violation of NFL rules and could be charged with a federal crime as well, since it would be in violation of the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA).
“This is 1,000 percent false. This is 1,000 percent inaccurate,” said Saints vice president of communications Greg Bensel.