The investigation regarding possible eavesdropping at the Superdome is forgotten but not gone.
Nearly four months after a dirt-digging expedition by ESPN’s John Barr produced a report that Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis had the ability to eavesdrop on opposing coaches during games played in 2002, Louisiana State Police Colonel Mike Edmondson tells the Associated Press that an investigator is still working with FBI agents regarding the situation.
No evidence has been turned over to federal prosecutors, yet.
The obstacles to a conviction include the applicable statute of limitations and the fact that the Superdome has been renovated since the eavesdropping allegedly occurred. The box where Loomis allegedly had access to the conversations of opposing coaches is, for example, gone.
The news that the investigation continues comes at a time when former FBI director Louis Freeh reportedly is conducting his own investigation at the request of the Saints. The possibility of prosecution could mean that Freeh’s findings will never see the light of day.
The possibility of a lawsuit from Loomis and/or the Saints against ESPN also could prompt the Saints to keep Freeh’s findings close to the vest.
Loomis vehemently has denied the allegations, and he has said that he would talk to investigators. It’s unknown whether he has been interviewed by state or federal officials.