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Louisiana State Police find no evidence of Saints’ wiretapping

Mickey Loomis AP

The Louisiana State Police have looked into allegations that the New Orleans Saints rigged communications devices at the Superdome to eavesdrop on opposing teams, and they’ve found no evidence of wrongdoing.

A source told PFT that the State Police are announcing those findings at a press conference today, and Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson told the Associated Press that after conducting numerous interviews, “there is no evidence that state laws have been violated.”

The wiretapping allegation came from an ESPN report that accused Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis of setting up communications equipment in his box at the Superdome so that he could listen to the communications of the opposing coaching staff. Loomis has vehemently denied those allegations, and others who have been with Loomis at games have said they’ve never seen him do anything of the sort.

The Saints have separately hired the firm of former FBI director Louis Freeh to conduct an investigation into any wrongdoing within the franchise.

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46 Responses to “Louisiana State Police find no evidence of Saints’ wiretapping”
  1. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 13, 2012 3:33 PM

    wait espn reported this? and it’s not true? how could this be they just named Tony Romo as the 8th best qb in the league. what’s next is dez bryant not buying a worlds greatest mom tee shirt and mug for someone special?

  2. dropkickbanana says: Aug 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    Louisiana state police? Investigating in Louisiana? I’m certainly not saying they are guilty, but bring in the Good O’l Boys to investigate? How about an independent investigation?? I’ve lived in Louisiana, the law there is elected by kin…

  3. mattwalshvideo says: Aug 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    Only the Cheaters in NE stoop to such lows.

    Cue the patriots fans, “everyone does it”, Awwww I guess not everyone cheats, see chowds?

  4. FinFan68 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    I seriously doubt that anything like this happened. Even if it did happen, there would be no evidence of it (unless they wrote the explicit details in a work order or kept a ledger) since the area in question has been renovated. This is one thing that should just go away. Just because they may have circumvented the rules in one area, it does not mean they did it in others as well.

  5. thesmartestmanever says: Aug 13, 2012 3:35 PM

    ok i lived in Louisiana for a while and to be fair those troopers couldn’t find thier barraks if it weren’t for the dunkin doughnuts right next door…pow!!! i’m not even sure who i am zinging anymore.

  6. dexterismyhero says: Aug 13, 2012 3:38 PM

    no evidence that state laws were violated?

    so did they find anything that made someone think they were doing it?

  7. Stiller43 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:39 PM

    They couldnt at least find 1 thing they could point to while saying they have 50,000 other pages of “evidence?”

    Must have been a pretty weak investigation.

  8. khuxford says: Aug 13, 2012 3:40 PM

    Unfair to both sides, so much time has passed and structure changed that it is hard to definitively answer the point.

  9. jealst says: Aug 13, 2012 3:43 PM

    A bounty case that’s been ripped apart in court (The only thing that’s saving it is the CBA), the judge has already stated she would “like to rule in favor of Vilma” and an eavesdropping allegation that has turn up with no evidence to support it. That seems to be the common theme… No evidence to support these horrible and disgusting allegations. I’m going to assume the fans that loved all the negative publicity the Saints garnered are somewhat disappoint now compared to March and April.

  10. thesaintly1 says: Aug 13, 2012 3:51 PM

    dropkickbanana says:
    Aug 13, 2012 3:35 PM
    Louisiana state police? Investigating in Louisiana? I’m certainly not saying they are guilty, but bring in the Good O’l Boys to investigate? How about an independent investigation?? I’ve lived in Louisiana, the law there is elected by kin…

    ahhhh haha …..elected. Yeah, you lived here. I don’t call setting up your trailer home for 2 weeks “living here”.

    oh and you will get your “independent investigation” soon enough. Dont be surprised to see more “back-peddling” by the NFL.

    ESPN, you’re next. John Barr should be fired over reporting this months ago as “fact”. Wasted taxpayer money on something that was trumped up. Ohhhh wait, hmmmm, boy does that sound familiar.

  11. whodatsaybaby says: Aug 13, 2012 4:09 PM

    If they were ”wiretapping” it sure never worked. Years accused 2003, 2004, 2005. In ’03 they went 8-8. In ’04 they went 8-8. In ’05 the Saints were 3-13. So the wire tapping won 19 of 48 games???? Way to research your stories ESPN. What’s next, Tim Tebow puts pine tar on his shoes so he can run faster?

  12. ascensionparish says: Aug 13, 2012 4:18 PM

    For those of you who think this is a bunch of “home cooking,” the Louisiana State Police were working in conjunction with the FBI on this investigation. ESPN, you just got clocked in the face!

  13. kattykathy says: Aug 13, 2012 4:21 PM

    Time for Tom Benson and Micky Loomis to have the attorneys prepare the lawsuit against Tom Barr and ESPN.

    Vilma has Roger “defame innocent players” Goodell on the ropes, now the Saints can take over a huge chunk of ESPN.

    This has been a smear campaign against the team and innocent , hard playing players from the get go. Time for Roger, Barr, and ESPN to pay the penalties for smearing good people

  14. northeastkiller says: Aug 13, 2012 4:25 PM

    Gee, taking the word of a disgruntled ex-employee as fact, where have I heard that before.

  15. fearlessradio says: Aug 13, 2012 4:26 PM

    Did the investigation come complete with season tickets?

  16. suhnum1fan says: Aug 13, 2012 4:32 PM

    Louisiana has a history of corruptions…Interesting…just saying

  17. dropkickbanana says: Aug 13, 2012 4:41 PM

    Lol…I love how sensitive people are. I wasn’t even suggesting they were guilty of it, but with the scandals of late, it just makes sense to find an out of state board to review the case. I actually like the Saints organization, and I’m not a fan of the witch hunt that went down. I would just want an unbiased ruling of the case.

  18. daveman8403 says: Aug 13, 2012 4:43 PM

    The investigation was done in conjunction with the FBI. There is no hometown corruption going on. the accusations were ridiculous from the beginning.

  19. flannlv says: Aug 13, 2012 4:53 PM

    Mr. Ginsberg. There’s someone on the line named Mickey Loomis. He mentioned something about ESPN and lawsuit.

  20. robf2010 says: Aug 13, 2012 4:58 PM

    “Years accused 2003, 2004, 2005.”

    They played the entire 2005 seaon on the road, including a home game against the Giants in The Meadowlands.

  21. miamisaint3255 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:01 PM

    this disgruntled employee forgot to come prepared with the awesome evidence of his own handwritten notes describing a meeting he had with Loomis, where Loomis laid out his evil wiretapping plan in detail.

    Without the handwritten notes of the disgruntled employee accuser, we just don’t rise to the level of the bounty investigation, where NFL has accuser’s own notes of a supposed ledger, the NFL authored statements of alleged bad guys that they pretend the bad guys wrote / stated, etc.

    The bounty has over 5,000 invisible pages of evidence / documents to back it up, with the center piece being the accuser’s hand written notes.

    I am sure that Loomis had the wire tapping in place. These are the evil Saints after all, but there are no writings of the accusers to back it up. Just not enough evidence, not even invisible evidence.

  22. thejuddstir says: Aug 13, 2012 5:04 PM

    This is the same Louisiana State Police that could never find evidence of The Mob operating there nor could they find any wrongdoing on the part of longtime Gov. Huey Long……long story short, these “kinfolk” in Weasy couldn’t find their azz with their head up it.

  23. packhawk04 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:06 PM

    I love all these people that keep blabbering about some judge that wants to rule in favor of vilma… the funny thing is, she cant. She knows as well as anyone that those players agreed to give goodell authority over discipline and appeals. We all know that some idiot liberal judge would love to protect the players from their own mistakes, we know that. You can shutup about it now. There nothing you or she can do about it.

  24. thegrey7 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:08 PM

    Everyone knows that both the Saints organization and Louisiana law enforcement are corrupt. I wonder how much the Saints paid the Louisiana State Patrol to come to this conclusion?

  25. hairpie says: Aug 13, 2012 5:17 PM

    Haha, too bad Saints fans. Just like the Super Bowl walkthough tapes that never existed in New England, no one will care.

  26. mjkelly77 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:18 PM

    Louisiana State Police find no evidence of Saints’ wiretapping
    _________________

    So the state police were comped with season tickets? Get the NYPD or Chicago police in there and see what they find.

  27. samapoc says: Aug 13, 2012 5:25 PM

    Saints players and coaches have maintained all along that these stories were lies. And it turns out they are telling the truth!

    Now if only the judge would provide a ruling for vilma… It’s rare that cases are so unfair that a federal judge openly favors one side in spite of legal precedent. The NFL has become a real joke and they are messing with the lives of coaches and players in a negative way.

  28. daveman8403 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:30 PM

    AGAIN. The investigation was done in conjunction with the FBI. There is no hometown corruption going on. the accusations were ridiculous from the beginning.

  29. qtip9802 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:34 PM

    mjkelly77 said “get the nypd or chicago police in there and see what they find”

    ****

    yeah,there is no corruption in NYC or Chicago

    where is the eye rolling emoticon thingy when you need it

  30. macbull says: Aug 13, 2012 5:35 PM

    Isn’t the source of the wiretapping allegation the same source claiming the Saints had a Bounty program?

    …just something to think about…

  31. txbossman says: Aug 13, 2012 5:49 PM

    That means it never happened.

  32. floriosfuglykid says: Aug 13, 2012 6:08 PM

    This has nothing at all to do with Bountygate. Completely separate.

  33. sheetolay says: Aug 13, 2012 6:20 PM

    Officer Barbrady to Goodell……”nothing to see here, move along”

  34. musicman495 says: Aug 13, 2012 6:49 PM

    thegrey7 says: Aug 13, 2012 5:08 PM

    Everyone knows that both the Saints organization and Louisiana law enforcement are corrupt.
    ——————–
    Actually, no, “everyone does not know” that. Hard as it is to believe, some people in America actually have the insane idea that there should be some shred of evidence of guilt before people are convicted of wrong doing.

  35. broncosfan1 says: Aug 13, 2012 7:13 PM

    whoever accused them, must be desperate

  36. silentcount says: Aug 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    Once again, someone was publicly accused as guilty until the lack of evidence proved them to be innocent. How many times will the Saints have to be fend off the angry mob carrying torches and pitchforks?

  37. tulanekenny says: Aug 13, 2012 8:13 PM

    Just FYI for those saying it’s good ol’ boy with state police…don’t forget the FBI is investigating too…and the saints themselves hired Louis Freeh (of the penn state report) to investigate both these allegations and the bounty allegations…..so the facts will eventually come out finally…not BS hearsay

  38. bigbadal21 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:22 PM

    So there is no evidence that any wrong doing took place. Same as Big Bens investigation. But here is the rub—Ben got suspended for 6 games anyhow so shouldn’t the Saints still be reprimanded by the league? What is fair for the players should be fair for the owners!!!!

  39. aljack88 says: Aug 13, 2012 8:58 PM

    daveman8403 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 5:30 PM
    AGAIN. The investigation was done in conjunction with the FBI. There is no hometown corruption going on. the accusations were ridiculous from the beginning.

    ———————————————————

    I don’t know if there was any wire tapping done but the fact that the FBI was involved in the investigation doesn’t mean much.

    Whitey Bulger and the FBI had a nice relationship.

  40. jpspear says: Aug 13, 2012 10:09 PM

    Amazing that an investigation done by the FBI and State Police is dismissed, but Goodell is believed without showing any evidence. Take off the blinders, folks.

  41. thejuddstir says: Aug 13, 2012 10:24 PM

    Vilma and Brees say the saints* are innocent of any wrongdoing. Hometown judge judy wants to make them innocent. Louisiana State poooolice say they are innocent of wrongdoing, saints* fans say they’re innocent……guess that makes it an open and shut case……..other than that little fact of Roger Goodell having some gonads and knowing that the Federal Appeals Court will back him up.

  42. ricksaints says: Aug 14, 2012 2:17 AM

    I think it’s time for the Saints to go after ESPN over these false accusations. They were just digging for some more dirt after the Bounty Scandal. It’s time for the media to also pay the consequences.

  43. jpspear says: Aug 14, 2012 6:32 AM

    thejuddstir: Goodell has gonads, all right. Doesn’t have any credible evidence or any confessions for pay-to-injure, but he’s willing to stick to his convictions, as long as he doesn’t have to prove anything. It’s too bad the headlines that were so big when the wiretapping accusations were made are so small now.

  44. itsbreesyintheeasy says: Aug 14, 2012 8:43 AM

    people never cease to amaze me. law enforcement says there’s no evidence and it’s rigged. had the goodstapo investigated, they would believe every word.

    goodell doesn’t have any gonads, he’s got a napolean complex. he’s an economist and marketer and the sheep fall for it hook, line and sinker.

  45. NOLA in Focus says: Aug 14, 2012 10:40 AM

    I’m very surprised to find a lack of a response from Florio on ESPN’s lack of a response to the State Police’s findings that contradict their Outside the Lines’ allegations. Surely in the past we could count on Florio to poke, prod, and bash into the ground an argument that instigates some ESPN on ESPN crime; but then again maybe he is slipping since he started cashing NBC checks. Say it ain’t so.

  46. addmack24 says: Aug 14, 2012 11:30 AM

    bigbadal21 says:
    Aug 13, 2012 8:22 PM
    So there is no evidence that any wrong doing took place. Same as Big Bens investigation. But here is the rub—Ben got suspended for 6 games anyhow so shouldn’t the Saints still be reprimanded by the league? What is fair for the players should be fair for the owners!!!!

    ———————————————

    Big Ben also settled out of court and paying the girl off. Ben has also been accused 3 times of rape. Once I could see it maybe a false accusation, but 3 times, the man should be in jail. Totally different from the Saints accusations where there is no proof to warrant the punishment handed out.

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