Mickey Loomis Claims Aside, Saints Fans Are the Ones Paying for Team's Misdeeds

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor IApril 24, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18:   (L-R) New Orleans Saints owners Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc greet fans during the pregame against the Minnesota Vikings at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 18, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints fans, it seems, can't catch a break.

Weeks after Bountygate was revealed, ESPN is reporting that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on opposing coaches between 2002 and 2004.

And Saints fans everywhere just let out a sigh of disgust and disbelief.

While the NFL has yet to respond to the latest allegations, the tone on message boards and threads across the sports world is mixed with condemnation and forgiveness.

And many condemning the franchise for the latest allegation are suggesting the Saints be sold, moved, tarred and feathered.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who I profiled last week on B/R, is not deaf to public opinion. But even Goodell knows that punishing the city of New Orleans by banishing the team is not the answer.

Why punish the fans and the city? They have done nothing wrong.

Memo to Los Angeles: The Saints aren't going anywhere.

This latest scandal, if in fact it turns out to be true, could bring more sanctions—think New England Patriots 2007.

But the so-called "ultimate penalty" is not even up for debate.

New Orleans is as important a city as there is in the NFL, having hosted nine Super Bowls, and the NFL is committed to the city, if not ownership.

If anyone ever doubted the NFL's commitment to the Big Easy you need only look at how the league came down on Saints owner Tom Benson when he started making plans to move the team to San Antonio in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

The NFL is committed to New Orleans, if not Benson and his current cadre of questionable characters.

The Saints will survive this. Maybe with a new coach. Maybe with a new general manager. And maybe with a new owner.

But the Saints will survive and Saints fans will not be punished for the misdeeds of a few misguided men.


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