As if the New Orleans Saints troubles could not get any worse, new allegations have been released, this time involving General Manager Mickey Loomis. ESPN’s “Outside The Line” is reporting that in Loomis’ first three seasons with the Saints, he used an electronic device to eavesdrop on visiting coaches headsets during games. Loomis’ first season with the Saints was in 2002.
Allegedly, once he came in he had an electronic device re-wired so that he could listen in on opposing offensive and defensive coaches during home games. This eavesdropping apparently ended in 2005 when the Superdome was used as an evacuation center during Hurricane Katrina.
If this news is true, the only good news for Loomis is that there is a Federal statute of limitations of 5 years on electronic eavesdropping, so he will receive no criminal charges. However, any team that played in New Orleans during those years does have the right to sue the Saints organization.
This is similar to the Spygate situation of 2007, in which Patriots HC Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 for recording opposing coaches play signaling. Yet NFL insiders are saying this is much worse. Loomis issued a statement saying “This is 1000% false. This is 1000% inaccurate.”
The Saints GM is already suspended for half of the 2012-2013 season for his role in the Saints bounty program. And now these accusations come out. I’m confused as to what purpose this eavesdropping served, if it is true. Deciphering opposing coaches’ playcalling and having it make an immediate in-game impact sounds really complicated. The Jim Haslett coached Saints were only 12-12 at home during those particular years.
Either way it’s not looking good for Loomis. Everyone stay tuned for the latest information in this newest soap opera of the New Orleans Saints organization.