As if things couldn't get any worse for the New Orleans Saints.
It has now been reported by ESPN's Outside the Lines that the organization's general manager, Mickey Loomis, had an electronic device in his Superdome luxury box suite wired throughout the rest of the stadium which enabled him to listen in on opposing coaching staff, and possibly hear their play-calling on offense and defense.
It has been reported that this was going on for nearly three NFL seasons.
Loomis, who already faces an 18-month ban from the league due to his role in the bounty scandal, allegedly had the access during his first year (2002) as Saints GM, and he could easily listen in on what other teams were discussing, a source claims. It was also stated that the spying continued throughout the next two consecutive seasons as well.
Jim Letten, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, forwarded to the FBI what he knew on the situation in regards to the allegations. If they do indeed hold true, Loomis will not only have violated NFL rules, but potentially federal laws as well.
When discussing the actual device in question, the source stated it was initially programmed to communicate with the Saints coaching staff only. But once Loomis became GM, he had the device re-wired to listen in on opposing huddles and such.
"There was a switch, and the switch accessed offense and defense. When Randy was there, it was the Saints offense or defense, and when Mickey was there it changed over so it was the visiting offense or defense," the source said.
If new scandals keep popping up in the Saints organization, who knows what further strict punishment the league and its officials could have in store for them.