If you thought you were having a bad day, just be grateful that you're not New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis. Loomis is already suspended for the first eight games of the season for his role in that whole BountyGate scandal, but that is so 2011. Check out this whole new mess looming over Loomis now, as reported earlier today by ESPN.
According to an unnamed source with knowledge of the Saints' game-day operations, Loomis had a radio receiver in his Superdome press box re-wired so that he could listen to the opposing coaching staff during the Saints' home games. The alleged eavesdropping occurred during the 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons, according to the worldwide leader's report. A Saints spokesperson already has denied the allegations.
So far, we appear to have only one source, and an anonymous one at that. And when we look back at the original SpyGate scandal of 2007, it's conceivable that only a few people would have firsthand knowledge of any sort of opposition listening equipment. If the unnamed source was actually responsible for the installation of that equipment, it's entirely possible that only he and Loomis are the only ones that knew about it for almost a decade.
What fun, media-friendly handle should we give to this new Saints scandal?
But here's the rub: Not only would this so-called wiretap (let's go ahead and use that word) be in conflict with NFL rules, it's also a violation of state and federal law. It might be unfair to speculate as to why this source decided to come forward now, but if he or she was offered immunity for his or her own part in this mess, one could appreciate the incentive for doing so.
Loomis can't seem to dig himself out of BountyGate without finding himself in an even deeper hole. Poor guy. When is he going to learn that the only ones that can eavesdrop on conversations like that are the federal government? The irony that they would be trying this case (if we ever get that far) is almost palpable.