NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: General manager Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints talks to a coach prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)

Police Say Saints Didn't Break Law With Wiretapping Allegations

Louisiana police investigating wiretapping allegations against the Saints have said there is no evidence of any wrongdoing.

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No Evidence Saints Broke Law With Wiretapping Allegations, According To Report

Pro Football Talk is reporting that the Louisiana State Police are set to announce they've found no laws broken in their investigation into alleged wiretapping allegations against currently-suspended New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis:

A source told PFT that the State Police are announcing those findings at a press conference today, and Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told the Associated Press that after conducting numerous interviews, "there is no evidence that state laws have been violated."

Loomis was accused of installing wiretapping devices in the Superdome with the purpose of listening to opposing coaches in an ESPN story in the spring of 2012. That allegation was followed by news that the source who fueled ESPN's original story was a fired former Saints employee.

The investigation of the Louisiana State Police is independent of the forthcoming report from the Freeh Group, now-famous for its investigation into Penn State athletics in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. The investigation for Freeh Group's report on the Saints is ongoing.

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ESPN's Source On Saints Eavesdropping Story Was Fired Employee, According To Report

Was a former sound and electrical worker for the New Orleans Saints the source for John Barr's allegations of eavesdropping from Saints GM Mickey Loomis? That's the story from FOX 8 in New Orleans, who reports Tim Landry, former Saints employee, is the source for the ESPN report, which Loomis and other members of the Saints have strongly denied.

Sources say ESPN's investigation of the Saints started with phone calls from reporter John Barr to a number of people with current and former ties to the Saints. Former WWL radio reporter Kenny Wilkerson confirms to FOX 8 News that Barr called him, looking for information on Sean Payton. Wilkerson tells us he gave Barr phone numbers for a number of people, including Tim Landry.

Our multiple sources say Landry told Barr about the alleged rewiring.

Making things even more interesting is that Landry was fired by the Saints five years ago.

What we have found out is that the Saints terminated Landry in 2007. Sources close to the team and the Superdome say the Saints accused Landry of using their equipment for non-team events, and they found that he gave them improper billings. After those findings, the Saints fired Landry from his contract job.

To date, no proof has been supplied to support the allegations, outside of unnamed sources. Loomis said on Thursday that he would welcome an NFL investigation, and several other current and former Saints employees have said the ESPN report is simply false.

For more on Loomis and the Saints, head over to the SB Nation blog Canal Street Chronicles.


Saints GM Mickey Loomis Strongly Denies Eavesdropping Claims; Focus Shifts To NFL Draft, Drew Brees

New Orleans Saints GM Mickey Loomis conducted a press conference hours before Thursday's NFL draft and strongly denied the claims that he eavesdropped on opposing teams, a report originated by ESPN. Loomis said he is leaving open the option of legal action against ESPN due to the report, which was written by John Barr.

Loomis said that he welcomed an investigation into the eavesdropping claims, saying he has never done anything like that in his nearly 30 years in the league.

He also said that he respects NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend him eight games due to the bounty scandal. He is under the same rules as Sean Payton, which prohibit him from speaking with team employees during his suspension.

Loomis said the Saints' focus now needs to turn to the NFL draft and a contract for Drew Brees. He didn't say whether the two sides were close to a deal but he did say he considered Brees a friend and that he hopes they can get something done.

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Ex-Saints Coach Jim Haslett Denies Eavesdropping Allegations

The New Orleans Saints might very well be having one of the very worst offseasons in NFL history. Following the revelations of "Bountygate" that led to the season-long suspension of head coach Sean Payton, as well as numerous other fines and suspensions, a report on Monday alleged that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had a device set up to eavesdrop on opposing teams' coaches during games at the Superdome.

Doug Tatum of the Times-Picayune reports that former Saints coach Jim Haslett has gone on the record in support of Loomis. Haslett was the New Orleans head coach during the period in question and now works for the Washington Redskins. Here is his statement:

"At no time during my tenure as head coach with the New Orleans Saints did Mickey (Loomis) and I discuss monitoring opposing team coaches communication, nor did I have any knowledge of this. To my knowledge this concept was never discussed or utilized."

Although Haslett was quick to go on the record, these remain very serious allegations.

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis: Earpiece Used For Radio Broadcast, Not Eavesdropping

The New Orleans Saints staunchly denied a report Monday by ESPN that general manager Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on visiting coaches during games from his Superdome suite. Greg Bensel, the team's vice president of communications, called the report "1000 percent false," adding the team is "seeking all legal recourse regarding these false allegations."

In an email to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Loomis issued a denial of his own:

"This report on ESPN is absolutely false. I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league issued stats for the game. I have a small tv with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the WWL-AM radio (flagship broadcaster) game broadcast.

To think I am sitting in there listening and actually and or doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much more less just didn't happen."

Cortez Kennedy, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle who serves as an adviser to the Saints, vouches for Loomis' assertion that he's listening to the radio broadcast:

"I have sat with Mickey for years for multiple games and I can say that when Mickey gets up to go walk around during breaks or halftime, I put his earpiece in. It is WWL-AM radio. I know this, because I have heard, plain and simple."

For more on Loomis and the Saints, head over to the SB Nation blog Canal Street Chronicles.


Saints Eavesdropping Allegations: Team 'Seeking All Legal Recourse' Against ESPN

On Monday, ESPN's Outside The Lines reported that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had a device in the Superdome that allowed him to listen to opposing coaches. Loomis and the Saints have, as expected, not responded to the report in a positive manner. In fact, they're categorically denying it and threatening legal action. Saints' vice president of communications Greg Bensel responded strongly.

"This report is 1000 percent false," Bensel said. "Completely inaccurate. We asked ESPN to provide us evidence to support their allegations and they refused. The team and Mickey are seeking all legal recourse regarding these false allegations."

It's been a pretty bad offseason for the Saints and for Loomis in particular, who has been suspended for eight games for his involvement in the Saints' bounty scandal. Whether or not there's any truth to the Outside The Lines report, Loomis' reputation has certainly been damaged once again, hence the threat of legal action.

For more on Loomis and the Saints, head over to the SB Nation blog Canal Street Chronicles.


Saints GM Mickey Loomis Had Ability To Eavesdrop On Opposing Coaches, According To OTL Report

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis allegedly used a listening device to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from his Superdome suite from 2002 to 2004, violating NFL rules and federal law.

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