April 24, 2012- On Friday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Eastern District of Louisiana was given information that Mickey Loomis the General Manager of the New Orleans Saints had used an electronic device to eavesdrop on coaching staffs whose teams came to play against the Saints in the Superdome. The alleged eavesdropping went on for at least three seasons.
Sources familiar with the operations on game day at the Superdome said that Loomis could secretly listen to opposing team’s coaching staff for nearly the entire 2002 and all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons. Loomis is also facing an eight game suspension for his role in the bounty scandal just discovered this winter by the NFL.
The U. S. attorney, Jim Letten, has acknowledged he received the information and said he briefed the New Orleans office of the FBI about the alleged activity. If the allegations are proven they could be a violation of the rules of the NFL and a possible federal crime, said legal sources.
The Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986 strictly prohibits anyone from intercepting another person’s communications by using a mechanical or electronic device. A spokesman for the New Orleans Saints football team said the allegations were completely false and completely inaccurate. A league spokesman said the league was still unaware of any allegations.