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 credible...it 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.