ESPN’s John Barr is reporting that Saints’ GM Mickey Loomis had the ability to listen in on opposing coaches when they were visiting the Super Dome.
Supposedly, Loomis had an electronic device installed in his booth in order to listen in on the coaches he was playing against.
What follows are excerpts from ESPN.com:
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…Sources told “Outside the Lines” the listening device was first installed in the general manager’s suite in 2000, when Loomis’ predecessor, Randy Mueller, served as Saints GM. At that time, according to sources, Mueller only had the ability to use the device to monitor the game-day communications of the Saints coaching staff, not the opposing coaches. Mueller, now a senior executive with the San Diego Chargers (he also was an ESPN.com NFL analyst from 2002-05), declined to comment when contacted by “Outside the Lines.”
After the transition from Mueller to Loomis, the electronic device was re-wired to listen only to opposing coaches and could no longer be used to listen to any game-day communications between members of the Saints coaching staff, one source said.
This is HUGE news as the Saints are just coming to light for BountyGate. IF all this is true, I would suspect that Loomis’ 8-game suspension would greatly increased.
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