A joint task force combining the efforts of the Louisiana state police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation is moving ahead with a probe into allegations that New Orleans Saints manager Mickey Loomis illegally eavesdropped on electronic communications of opposing teams at the Superdome from 2002 to 2004. The explosive claims were made public yesterday on ESPN after it was revealed that more than one source had provided the Louisiana authorities with details of Loomis’ alleged activities.
Both Loomis and the Saints organization have categorically denied any such wrongdoing. ”It’s absolutely ludicrous. It’s impossible,” interim Saints coach Joe Vitt said of the wiretapping allegations Tuesday. “I’ve never heard of it before. That’s something from ‘Star Wars.’
Nevertheless, the investigation will move forward and one would hope that the full truth comes out eventually. A source close to the story informed the Washington Post earlier today that the NFL will not impose any punishment until the proper authorities conclude their investigation.
Should the investigation turn up nothing concrete against Loomis or the Saints, then this could be a lot of sound and fury, signifying nothing. But if the task force does find that Loomis committed the acts of which he is being accused, then he will have violated both state and federal laws. Although the statute of limitations has, for the most part, expired with regard to any criminal wrongdoing here, Loomis could still be sued in civil court by multiple parties – not to mention face a lifetime ban from the league.