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Mickey Loomis Speaks Out Against ESPN Report, Calls Allegations "Ludicrous"

Loomis says he has never listened to opposing coaches' headsets
Saints GM Mickey Loomis appeared on NBC’s “PFT Live” Thursday with Mike Florio and discussed recent allegations that he had his Superdome suite wiretapped to listen to opposing teams’ coaches. Loomis said, “I have never ever in my 28 years or 29, whatever it has been in the NFL, listened to or ever thought I had the ability to listen to opposing coaches’ headsets; what was being said on the headset. It is ludicrous as far as I’m concerned.” ESPN’s “OTL” released the report and Loomis said the net's reporter “has been in New Orleans for the last 30 days.” Loomis: “He has been calling around talking to some of our current employees, some of our former employees and asking for anything that might reflect negatively on Sean Payton or Mickey Loomis or the organization.” The NFL as well as the Louisiana state police have launched an investigation into the allegations. Loomis: “I welcome an investigation because, again, it is not true.” Loomis said the Saints are “going to explore” legal action and if it is “available, then we will pursue it” (“PFT Live,” NBC, 4/26). Loomis said, "One of the disappointing things for me is that our organization has been painted with a pretty broad brush." Loomis said that he “may have an idea of whom ESPN used as a source.” Loomis: "I might, but I wouldn't accuse someone unless I was absolutely sure. And unfortunately, I didn't get that consideration from the reporter at ESPN. I received a voicemail on my mobile phone an hour and a half before they broke the story" (USA TODAY, 4/27).
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