Saints GM installed surveilance equipment to snoop on visiting teams
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis installed an electronic monitoring device in the visitor’s section of the Superdome so that he could listen in on opposing coaches, according to an ESPN report.
The US Attorney’s office has been notified, with allegations being made against Loomis breaking the Electronic Communications Privacy Act by installing the devices.
Timing couldn’t be worse for the Saints, with this scandal coming on the heels of ‘bounty-gate’.
Back in the 2009-2010 season (the year New Orleans won the Superbowl), the saints were operating a slush fund to pay defensive players cash rewards for ‘big hits’ on players.
The rewards increased in scale with the severity of the hit, with the largest bonuses being paid for knocking a player out of the game.
Defensive coordinator Greg Williams was allegedly the ringleader of the system, and a speech of him calling for deliberate injuries to players on the San Francisco 49ers was leaked.
NFL Commisioner Roger Goodell came down hard on the Saints, with Williams suspended indefinitely, coach Sean Payton suspended for the 2012 season and assistant head coach Joe Vitt suspended six games.
The team was also fined $500,000 and lost their second round picks in 2012 and 2013. This year’s first round pick had already been traded to the Patriots in order to draft running back Mark Ingram last year, so New Orleans won’t be able to turn in a draft card until the third round.
As part of the bounty sanctions, Loomis was also suspended for six games, before any news of the surveilance scandal emerged.