According to an ESPN Outside the Lines report, the New Orleans Saints have been doing more illegal things throughout the years than we originally thought. In addition to Bountygate, Saints GM Mickey Loomis may have been eavesdropping on opponents.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was told Friday that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that had been secretly re-wired to enable him to eavesdrop on visiting coaching staffs for nearly three NFL seasons, “Outside the Lines” has learned.
Sources familiar with Saints game-day operations told “Outside the Lines” that Loomis, who faces an eight-game suspension from the NFL for his role in the recent bounty scandal, had the ability to secretly listen for most of the 2002 season, his first as general manager of the Saints, and all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The sources spoke with “Outside the Lines” under the condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals from members of the Saints organization.
If this report is true, we may finally see a death penalty in the NFL which would surely make it so the Saints would have a hard time contending for many years down the line.