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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