Louisiana police, FBI begin wiretapping probe into Saints GM Mickey Loomis

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Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been accused of using a device to listen in on opposing coaches. The organization strongly refutes the claim.  GERALD HERBERT/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has been accused of using a device to listen in on opposing coaches. The organization strongly refutes the claim.

NEW ORLEANS — While state police and the FBI started a wiretapping probe into the Saints and general manager Mickey Loomis, assistant head coach Joe Vitt called allegations that Loomis’ had his Superdome booth wired so he could listen to opposing coaches “ludicrous.”

“It’s absolutely ludicrous. It’s impossible,” Vitt said Tuesday. “I’ve never heard of it before. That’s something from Star Wars. When I first heard something about it being a wiretap, I thought they were talking about Sammy “the Bull” Gravano or something. I didn’t even know what they were talking about.”

“... And then to associate Mickey with that? That’s irresponsible. It’s a shame.”

Vitt met with reporters for the first time since being appointed to serve in head coach Sean Payton’s place during Payton’s season-long suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation of New Orleans.

The bounty probe is unrelated to the investigation a joint Louisiana state police and FBI task force opened after being made aware of anonymous allegations from an ESPN report that Loomis was able eavesdrop on opposing coaches’ radio communications from 2002 to 2004.

State police Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the joint effort Tuesday after discussing the matter with Dave Welker, special agent in charge at the FBI’s New Orleans field office.

“I thought that was an excellent opportunity to share resources to see if federal or state wiretapping laws were in fact broken,” Edmonson said by phone from Baton Rouge. “It’s important for the public to know these are allegations at this point. We will thoroughly, expeditiously, but fairly look into whether any laws have been broken. If they have, we’ll sit down with the district attorney in that area to determine how to proceed.”

Vitt said he isn’t buying the accusations.

“Anybody that ever wants to question Mickey’s integrity on something like this. I mean, this is juvenile,” Vitt said. “This is so bad, what’s been reported, and it’s irresponsible. It really is.”


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