It might be a little to soon to really tell if there's truly something behind this new rumor, but it seems that the bad news keep on building up against the New Orleans Saints. This has been a troubled offseason for the Saints, probably it's roughest ever. And we are talking about a team in a city that in 2005 was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. When the Saints General Manager Mick Loomis and the head coach Sean Peyton and starting quarterback Drew Brees were able to guide this team into winning a Super Bowl a couple of season ago, the squad reached it's highest point. But the bounty scandal took it's first blow against the team and now, a second rumor hit's the aura of a team that is certainly looking a little less virtuous and angelic.According to the news cable that was released earlier today, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was anonymously told Friday that the New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that allowed him to monitor the visiting coaching staffs for nearly three NFL seasons.
Evidently the system had been secretly re-wired to his private suite in the stadium. Sure enough, ever since then, they have been a dominant squad in their league and just last season they broke some mayor offensive NFL records, but they just couldn't make it to the Super Bowl. Then again, the NFL eventually found the organization guilty of establishing and continuing (despite a first warning call from the league) to support a hurt-for-pay bounty program. From there on it was up to the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell to make an example of the Saints and gave them the most sever punishment ever recorded. New Orleans' head coach Sean Payton was suspended without pay for the entire next season and indefinitely banned the team's former defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, from coaching in the league.
Goodell also banned Saints general manager Mickey Loomis for the first eight regular-season games next season. And just to finish them off, the NFL fined the Saints $500,000 and took away their second-round draft picks for the next two years. So yes, so far, this has been one heck of a preseason for New Orleans. The big issue here is that the Saints, or at least Loomis, as it seems that the accusations are placed upon him, could not only be facing and investigation by the NFL, but he could easily be accused of a federal crime, for inflicting with the regulations set upon the federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986 which explicitly prohibits any person from intercepting communications from another person using an electronic or mechanical device.
According to the rumors, Loomis was able to listen to the opposite team's conversations from 2003 all the way up to 2005, the season when the Saints had go let go of the Superdome as it first worked as a shelter and then had to undergo many repairs after the hurricane damaged the structure. It is still uncertain if an investigation is going to be opened by either the federal, state, or local government. As far as we know it's uncertain whether the NFL is going to make their own investigation. One thing is for sure, the rumor is out there and spreading fast.