Mickey Loomis Denies Eavesdropping Allegations
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has emailed a statement to FOX’s Jay Glazer responding to the ESPN report that he set up an illegal eavesdropping device that allowed him to listen to opposing coaches during the 2002-04 seasons.
“This report on ESPN is absolutely false,” Loomis said. “I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league issued stats for the game. I have a small tv with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the WWL-AM radio (flagship broadcaster) game broadcast.
To think I am sitting in there listening and actually and or doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less credible…it just didn’t happen.”
According to the ESPN report, it is believed that Loomis had the ability to listen to private conversations between the opposing team’s coaching staff, which could violate both NFL rules but also federal communications laws. Loomis has already been suspended eight games by the NFL for his role in the bounty system set up by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.