Voicemail reveals alleged plot to ambush, rob coach Rob Ryan
An errant voicemail to a federal worker revealed an alleged plot to ambush or rob former New Orleans Saints assistant coach Rob Ryan during last year's preseason, according to The New Orleans Advocate.
"He don't got no security," said a garbled voice, according to a court document obtained by The Advocate. "He's just a regular football coach. ... He ain't ... big ... like (rapper) Lil' Wayne or nobody ... that got bodyguards everywhere."
“He ain't like Lil Wayne,” the call went on to add. “He just a ... football coach. ... Defensive coordinator of the Saints. He don't have no bodyguards ... in front his house.”
The federal worker did not recognize the phone number that called her 11 times and left the voicemail, which she turned over to police. In response to the tip, police then dispatched officers to guard Ryan's home and alerted both Ryan and the Saints about the potential threat.
According to a recent indictment, eight men conspired to stage a string of high-profile robberies in New Orleans restaurants and bars last year. Two of those men allegedly had plans to rob Ryan, but authorities did not have enough evidence to back the claim, and a grand jury decided not to indict the two men on the charge.
Police linked the two men to the voicemail and arrested them just days before Ryan was fired as a Saints assistant coach.
Ryan is now an assistant coach under his brother Rex with the Buffalo Bills.