Posted July 12, 2012

Penn State investigators next stop: The New Orleans Saints

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The investigators who conducted the Penn State probe now turn their attention to suspended Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. (Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)

Now that the investigation of Penn State University and now imprisoned former coach Jerry Sandusky is over and the reports of their findings have been released, the investigators who headed up that case are now turning their attention to the National Football League.

In April, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson hired Louis Freeh, whose law firm conducted the Penn State probe, to conduct an investigation of the Saints.  General Manager Mickey Loomis is accused of participating in illegal wiretapping and listening in to opposing coaches during games.

“Serious allegations have been made about our organization this off-season; we take these allegations very seriously,” Saints team spokesman Greg Bensel said last month.  “As a result, we have hired the Freeh Group, founded by former director of the FBI and former federal judge Louis Freeh.  Mr. Benson moved quickly to hire them and has spared no expense to get to the bottom of these allegations.”

Loomis is already suspended for the first eight games of the upcoming season because of the unrelated bounty case. There is no timetable of when the investigation of the Saints will conclude.