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Source: Saints Rigged Setup in Superdome to Eavesdrop on Visiting Coaches

By Alan Schechter
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Jan 14, 2012; San Francisco, CA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis watches warm ups before the 2011 NFC divisional playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Just when you thought the story about the Saints was coming to an end………..

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, “Outside the Lines” has learned.

The accusation is that he could listen in for a portion of the 2002 season, and all of 2003 and 2004. If proven, these acts would be against NFL rules, as well as federal law.

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. 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.

The sources said when Loomis took his seat during home games, then in the front row of box No. 4 in the 300 level of the Superdome’s north side, he was able to plug an earpiece into a jack that was under the desk in front of him. The earpiece was not unlike those used to listen to inexpensive transistor radios, the sources said. With the earpiece in place, Loomis could then toggle back and forth with a switch that he controlled, enabling him to listen to either the game-day communications of the opposing offensive or defensive coaches.

Also underneath the desk in front of Loomis, said the sources, was a metal box that contained two belt packs similar to those worn around the waists of NFL head coaches during games. The packs powered the listening device available to Loomis, which was, according to sources, hard-wired to the audio feed of the opposing coaches.

“Outside the Lines”, could not confirm that the device was ever used, and we do know it was detroyed in Hurricane Katrina.

Read more at espn.com

All I can say is, if this gets proven, it gets really bad, really fast for the Saints.

Kind of ironic to call them “Saints”, after all of this, isn’t it?

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