Another week, another bad Saints story. That might be a little bit of a stretch, but the Saints certainly aren’t short on bad news lately.
First it was “Bountygate,” the Saints extra-curricular payment plan to defensive players. Head coach Sean Payton is just days into his 300+ day suspension. Now it’s a whole new alleged scam, with this one allegedly taking place 8 seasons ago.
According to ESPN and their award winning, highly reputable program “Outside The Lines,” Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis was illegally listening in to the opposing teams coaches at the Superdome during games from 2002-2004. This allegedly happened during the Jim Haslett era and not on Sean Payton’s watch.
The Saints and Loomis are denying the charge.
True or not, the Saints once again have, at the very least, another PR nightmare. ESPN and “Outside The Lines” aren’t in the business of making stories up. They have a solid reputation when it comes to breaking sports news. It’s really a question of who do you believe, award winning ESPN, owned by ABC television or Mickey Loomis and the New Orleans Saints?
A lot of local folks, including some sports media members are skeptical of ESPN’s report. I’m a little more skeptical of Loomis and the Saints, especially after bounty gate. Either way, let’s hope the latest bad news isn’t true. The last thing the Saints need is more heat from the NFL.