ESPN Outside The Lines reports that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device set up in the Superdome that gave him the ability to eavesdrop on visiting coaching staffs for three seasons.
According to the report, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Louisiana was informed of the allegations against the Saints general manager late last week. It is believed that Loomis had the ability to listen to private conversations of the opposing team’s coaching staff for most of the 2002 season, and all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
According to ESPN, such actions could not only violate NFL rules, but also federal communications laws.
Loomis was recently suspended by the NFL for eight games for his part in a bounty system established by former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Under the system, defensive players were financially rewarded for injuring opponents. As a result of the scandal, Saints head coach Sean Payton was suspended for an entire season, and Williams was suspended indefinitely.