Clearly the ownership is not in control of the rogue franchise. First the “cash for crippling” bonus program and now illegal eavesdropping to enable cheating.
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.
The Saints are now the center of the two biggest cheating scandals of the twenty-first century in the NFL. In both cases, the activities were not just violations of the rules, but also arguably in violation of criminal law. The NFL cannot allow this to continue. The league needs to seize the team, ban certain coaches and front office personnel, and then sell the team to new ownership after the franchise has been cleansed. To do otherwise is to undermine the credibility of the NFL.