The NFL will let the legal process run its course before deciding on any punishment in relation to allegations that Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis eavesdropped on the communications of coaches on opposing teams.
Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports that the league “generally refrains from acting on an issue” when law enforcement is involved until after that portion of the process is complete. Maske spoke to a source who told him that the league will be following those guidelines in this case. According to the original ESPN report, both the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the FBI’s New Orleans office are aware of the charges and the Associated Press reports that a joint task force of Louisiana state police and the FBI are investigating to see if any wiretapping laws were violated.
The Saints and Loomis have come out with strong denials of the allegations, but the ball is rolling on the investigation. That means it will be a while before we know whether there are any legal implications to come.
And that it will be even longer until we know if the league will weigh in.