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TV station owned by Tom Benson identifies source for eavedropping report

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Last month, an employee of NFL Network publicly identified the person who was believed to have blown the whistle on the Saints’ bounty system. Now, an employee of a TV station owned by Saints owner Tom Benson publicly has identified the person believed to be the source of ESPN’s report that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches from 2002 through 2004.

We won’t mention the name of the suspected source of ESPN’s report here, because folks who come forward with potentially illegal activity deserve protection unless/until they come forward or they are proven to be lying.  But we will mention that, according to the report from FOX 8, John Barr of ESPN sought out the suspected source, who had been fired by the Saints in 2007.

If the FOX 8 report is accurate, a curious twist to this story becomes whether and to what extent Barr encouraged the source to make a report of the activity to the federal authorities.  The fact that the information was provided to prosecutors gives a layer of credibility to what otherwise would have been a report from ESPN based on allegations of wrongdoing that never had been reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials.

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19 Responses to “TV station owned by Tom Benson identifies source for eavedropping report”
  1. staffordsyear says: Apr 27, 2012 7:08 PM

    Your not gonna mention the name?….thats why i clicked here!!!!

  2. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 27, 2012 7:16 PM

    staffordsyear says:
    Apr 27, 2012 7:08 PM
    Your not gonna mention the name?….thats why i clicked here!!!!
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    I clicked the comments hoping you would mention it!!

  3. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 27, 2012 7:18 PM

    Well it wasn’t Tom Landry but close. (name-wise)

  4. rajuncajun28 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:19 PM

    the name of the source is all over the internet….pft is such a friggin joke….way to geaux….

  5. ascensionparish says: Apr 27, 2012 7:20 PM

    It should be noted that, even though Tom Benson ownes that TV station, Lee Zurik, who reported the ESPN source, is possibly one of the finest investigative journalists in the nation; and he noted that Benson owns the station and that neither Benson nor anyone associated with the Saints advised him to (or not to) report what he found.

  6. ascensionparish says: Apr 27, 2012 7:22 PM

    Oh and Zurik did note that the “source” was allegedly terminated by the Saints in 2007 for misuse of company equipment and overcharging on invoices to the Saints organization.

  7. mp42245 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:22 PM

    So, according to our sources, the ESPN report is based on the word of a former Saints contract employee who was fired, and possibly one or two people who worked with that contract employee, Tim Landry — and none were able to provide proof, other than their word, that Loomis and Landry may have committed a federal crime.

  8. exibitsman says: Apr 27, 2012 7:28 PM

    who cares about them damn cheating jazz saint’s. the NFL needs to take the damn Superbowl trophy what a joke of a franchise.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. blacknole08 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:29 PM

    I loved Tim Landry’s legendary hat… oh wait…

  10. downdabayou says: Apr 27, 2012 7:47 PM

    I bet they beat your little team, did they exibitsman, so sorry your team sucks so much. Try pulling for a winner, GEAUX SAINTS!

  11. callmecougar says: Apr 27, 2012 8:00 PM

    Fatso Sapp insists it was Shockey.

  12. boobsmcgoo says: Apr 27, 2012 8:12 PM

    exibitsman says:
    Apr 27, 2012 7:28 PM
    who cares about them damn cheating jazz saint’s. the NFL needs to take the damn Superbowl trophy what a joke of a franchise.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Oh Viking fan, how I have missed your quick wit and clever retorts!

  13. nineroutsider says: Apr 27, 2012 8:14 PM

    Looking more and more like a phony claim…

  14. macker1283 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:22 PM

    Florio makes himself the decider of whats right and wrong in the world of football once again.

    So lets see here…great Florio opinions in PFT history….

    1. The guy who released the audiotape of Gregg Williams is scum even though Williams was telling his players to blow the knees out and give opposing players concussions.

    2. Revealing a source is wrong, even though other media outlets already did it and the guy was just doing it to get back at an employer. Which directly contradicts Florio’s opinion in number 1.

    3. The NFL is wrong for pointing out the completely correct fact that the NFLPA is hypocritical for protecting bounty morons over the players who were actually injured by bounty morons.

    Please add more….

  15. jessethebody says: Apr 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    Was it Ron Burgandy?

  16. dkeyser says: Apr 27, 2012 8:28 PM

    Loomis also said in his press conference that they are looking into filing criminal charges against ESPN for the report

  17. dd393 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:35 PM

    This is like siblings tattling on each other.

  18. rugdog100 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:39 PM

    What ever happened to Jenn Sterger?

  19. bigtrav425 says: Apr 28, 2012 6:41 AM

    whoever this scumbag whistle blower is does not need protection at all!!!..he deserves what he gets for being a rat!…the whole bounty thing isn’t that big of a deal at all.but the nazis of the nfl,the media and pc ppl of the world make it a big deal.football is a violent sport to begin with and was/ will be with or without the bounties.that’s the bottom line

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