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Saints GM Loomis faces potential federal charges

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WDAM) -

ESPN reports a source "familiar with game-day operations" of the New Orleans Saints alleges Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis used a re-wired electronic devise in his private suite at the Superdome to eavesdrop on opposing coaching staff members from 2002 to 2004.

The report said former Saints General Manager Randy Mueller installed an electronic system in his suite in 2000, in order to hear game-day communication between coaches, and Loomis had the system re-wired in 2002, when he was first hired. Loomis would then plug in an ear-piece in his suite, and allegedly listen in on opposing coaches conversations.

If these allegations are true, they are in violation not only NFL rules, but of the Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) of 1986, which prohibits anyone from using an electronic device to listen in to another party's conversation. However, the statute of limitations for the ECPA lasts for only five years after the alleged offense, which means if the last offense was alleged in 2004, Loomis could not be charged now.

ESPN also reports U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana Jim Letten notified the FBI in New Orleans of the allegations, after being told Friday. An NFL spokesman says the league was never aware of the allegations, while Saints Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel maintains, "This is 1,000 percent false. This is 1,000 percent inaccurate."

 

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