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According to a report from ESPN:

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Louisiana was told Friday that New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device in his Superdome suite that had been secretly re-wired to enable him to eavesdrop on visiting coaching staffs for nearly three NFL seasons, “Outside the Lines” has learned

Sources familiar with Saints game-day operations told “Outside the Lines” that Loomis, who faces an eight-game suspension from the NFL for his role in the recent bounty scandal, had the ability to secretly listen for most of the 2002 season, his first as general manager of the Saints, and all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons. The sources spoke with “Outside the Lines” under the condition of anonymity because of fear of reprisals from members of the Saints organization.

It is believed that Loomis had the ability to listen to private conversations of the opposing team’s coaching staff for most of the 2002 season, and all of the 2003 and 2004 seasons.

In regards to the fan reactions to “BountyGate” an oft-made comparison cited in fan discussions is between “SpyGate” (the New England Patriots video scandal) and “BountyGate” (the Saints bounty system) with many Pats and Saints fans defending both scenarios. NFL fans have also chimed in on the debate and the oft-made comparison weighing in on the question; “Which is the worse of the offenses?”. But now, the Saints have incorporated something completely different than the videotaping of practices and put a cherry on an offseason sundae that has ravaged the once proud and revered franchise.

Ideally, the Saints could listen in or have access to pre-game meetings, locker room strategies and any information relayed from a coach to a player or team in the visiting locker room.

Another big black eye for Loomis’ Saints who have had an undying support system which I reported on here

As a fan, I am waiting until tomorrow night’s “The Rantin & Ravin Show” to add my comments on the matter as a whole, by then I assume even more information will have come out. But to say this is going to help matters for the Saints is an understatement.

Is it fair to say Mickey Loomis goes the route of Gregg Williams with an indefinite suspension?

How will this impact the Drew Brees contract negotiations?

How do you feel about the New Orleans Saints now?



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