Saints' Loomis could eavesdrop
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…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.
A few thoughts:
- If Loomis was indeed listening in during the 2004 season, it didn't help his Saints in Week 11 of that year, when they got thrashed by the visiting Broncos 34-13.
- The statute of limitations may preclude Loomis from facing criminal prosecution, but does anyone want to bet against the long arm of Roger Goodell extracting another pound of flesh from the still smarting Loomis for this one?
- Although this should be filed under the Of Course This Happens in the NFL category, the Saints are the ones who appear to have been caught, and that's all that really counts.
- Aints fans truly cannot catch a break.
- Perhaps Al Davis wasn't so far out there, at least in terms of his legendary paranoia.