GM Of Saints Mickey Loomis Was Eavesdropping
The Office of the U.S Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana was briefed regarding GM Mickey Loomis eavesdropping on the visiting coaches and staff during three NFL seasons. The device was secretly wired so that he could listen to conversations in private.
Certain sources familiar to the game-day operations of the New Orleans Saints said to the press that Loomis, who is now facing 8 years of suspension from the NFL because of the recent bounty scandal, had been eavesdropping during most of the 2002 season when he was the GM of the Saints, and during the whole of the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The sources demanded to stay anonymous for fear of some negative reaction from the members of the Saints.
The US Attorney Jim Letten has acknowledged the fact that he was told of these allegations on Friday. The FBI’S New Orleans office also has information about these allegations and if they were proved to be right they would possibly become a violation of the rules of the NFL and a Federal Crime.
“I can say that we were just made aware of that on Friday, at least of these allegations,” Letten said. “Anything beyond that I’m afraid I’m not at liberty to comment.” According to NFL spokesman Greg Aiello the NFL is still unaware of the allegations.
It seems like Mickey Loomis sat during home games in the front row of box 4, he could plug his earpiece into a jack placed under a desk that was in front of him, and toggle back and forth with the switch, thus controlling the game-day communications of the opposing defensive or offensive coaches.
He also had a kind of metal box under this desk that contained two belt packs like the ones NFL coaches wear around their waists during the games, and the packs allowed him to listen to the coaches as well.
The alleged activities would be a violation in Louisiana State Law. “An investigation should be on the way to protect the integrity of Football,” said Danny Onorato, a former assistant US attorney. “The Statute of Limitation for the law regarding the use of electronic device for eavesdropping is six years in the State of Louisiana.”
Mike Emmick who worked for 25 years as an assistant US attorney in LA, and served for 8 years as chief of the public corruption and government fraud section, declared that Loomis and others could be prosecuted for taking part in a conspiracy to try and cover up the Federal ECPA violation, and the statute of limitations for the prosecution of the conspiracy is 5 years.
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