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.