Did the Saints eavesdrop on opposing coaches?

Mickey LoomisESPN

New Orleans Saints fans must think another Katrina hit the big easy this year.

First came word the Saints may have paid its players to injure opposing players. The bigger the injury, the bigger the bounty.

Now come allegations general manager Mickey Loomis, already under league suspension in connection with the bounty debacle, may have eavesdropped on opposing coaches at the Superdome.

Unnamed sources reportedly told the US Attorney's office in New Orleans Loomis started listening in during the 2002 season, his first as Saints GM.

"I can say that we were just made aware of that on Friday, at least of these allegations," US Attorney Jim Letten told ESPN [Sources: Saints' GM could eavesdrop]. "Anything beyond that I'm afraid I'm not at liberty to comment."

The sources say Loomis had a special box that let him to listen to his coaches, then flip a switch and listen to opposing coaches.  They say the eavesdropping ended when the Saints left the Dome in 2005 after hurricane Katrina hit town.

Saints management denies the allegations, but even if they are true, the federal statute of limitations on the Electronic Communications Privacy Act ran out in 2010, so no criminal charges can be filed. But opposing coaches and teams could sue for civil damages.  They have two years to file. 

And the clock just started ticking.

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