Saints’ Manager Loomis Accused of Bugging
In the sports world, it is important to all persons involved that they find some kind of leading edge over the competition. Whether it is football, basketball, boxing, or any other of a wide variety of sports, people are always looking for the tactical advantage. But how far will people go to achieve this advantage? Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs have been making headlines in recent years for their popularity with professional athletes, but that is not the only option for some. ESPN recently reported that Mickey Loomis, General Manager for the New Orleans Saints pro football team, had resorted to placing bugging devices in his office so that he could eavesdrop on the other coaches. It’s very possible that Loomis was trying to listen in on plans and strategies used by other coaches during games. If these allegations are true, then Loomis has a huge advantage over his opponents on the professional football field.
In a response to the ESPN article, Mickey Loomis has completely denied the allegations. He says that his box in the Superdome was not bugged by him and that he has no intention of trying to eavesdrop on his rivals.
“This report on ESPN is absolutely false,” Loomis wrote in an email to FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer as a response to the article’s publication. “I have a monitor in front of me in my booth that provides the league-issued stats for the game. I have a small TV with the network broadcast and I have an earpiece to listen to the WWL-AM radio (flagship broadcaster) game broadcast. To think I am sitting in there listening and actually and/or doing something with the offensive and defensive play calls of the opposing teams makes this story and the unnamed sources that provided the false information that much less credible. It just didn’t happen.”
At this time, there is no evidence to prove either side of the argument. There is no conclusive proof that Loomis has indeed bugged his own box at the Superdome as a means to record the conversations and strategies of his football rivals. However, this is also no evidence that says he is not doing it, other than his given word and the support of his staff team, including a few players on the New Orleans Saints team. The whole situation is pending further investigation and could see some harsh punishment taken if it is proven that Loomis is bugging his box, or for ESPN if evidence reveals that they are indeed lying.
Bugs and wiretaps are adaptable. They can be used for many situations by anyone, and they have become very advanced and easy to use. There are people who would use them to try to learn all of your secrets. Status and your current situation can greatly affect the likelihood that you are being watched by a bug or wiretap. Make sure that you have all of the tools you need to protect yourself from someone using a bug or wiretap against you.