State's top cop says feds involved in Saints eavesdropping investigation

State's top cop says feds involved in Saints eavesdropping investigation

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 31: General manager Mickey Loomis of the New Orleans Saints walks the sidelines prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Louisiana Superdome on October 31, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Matthew Sharpe/Getty Images)

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 5:49 PM

Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
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NEW ORLEANS -- The first Saints exhibition game is in the books, but the investigation into a big offseason accusation is far from over.

A report on ESPN claimed General Manager Mickey Loomis had the ability to listen to opposing coaches during games with an electronic device installed in the team's suite at the Superdome.

Wednesday, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson confirmed the state's investigation into the eavesdropping claim "has moved within the FBI."

"As far as our case on the eavesdropping portion of it, we've been involved in interviews with the FBI," said Edmonson. "They brought us under their wing. We've been working closely with them. I've looked at it from a state perspective and all our findings have been turned over to the U.S. Attorney's Office who will be reviewing that along with the FBI."

Edmonson would not say if any of the information gathered and now in the possession of the FBI pointed to alleged wrongdoing by Loomis or the Saints.

"I can only affirm to you that we've been working with them," said Edmonson. "We certainly received all the information that we could from a state perspective as far as state laws. We are working that in conjunction with the FBI."

In April, Loomis strongly denied the eavesdropping allegation.

"In my 28 or 29 years in the NFL, I have never listened to an opposing team's communications," he said. "I have never asked for the capability to opposing teams communications."

Edmonson said he's not sure when investigators will be in a position to release their findings.

"I'm hoping that it doesn't last a whole lot longer because I think we need to get that information out as quick as possible, but again that's going to have to come from the U.S. Attorney's Office," said Edmonson.

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten could not confirm or deny a federal investigation into alleged eavesdropping involving the Saints.

 

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