METAIRIE, La. — Mickey Loomis sat in front of a black backdrop with the Saints emblem emblazoned on it, a sheet of paper on the table with prepared talking points as he addressed the local media for the first time since ESPN its story on alleged eavesdropping.
He didn’t need the notes.
Loomis went three-plus minutes before taking a question Thursday afternoon, hitting on all things Saints.
But it was his response to the first question, one about how to clear his name in regard to the eavesdropping accusation that seemingly raised the heat of his opener.
“First of all, I don’t know who made the allegation,” Loomis said. “I’m angry about it, frankly. I’m angry about it. It’s not true. I have a clear conscience. That’s all I can say. And look, the people that know me and know me the best have all come to my defense.
“They’ve stated to me that’s not true. And maybe that has to be good enough.”
ESPN broke into programming Monday with a nearly six-minute story alleging that Loomis had an electronic device rewired so that he could listen to the headsets of opposing coaches in the Superdome between 2002-04.
Thursday, Loomis said the accusations are false.
“In my 28 or 29 years in the NFL, I have never listened to an opposing team’s communication,” Loomis said.” I have never asked for the capability to listen to an opposing team’s communications. I have never inquired as the possibility of listening in on an opposing team’s communications.
“And I never been aware of any capability to listen in on an opposing team’s communications at the Superdome or at any NFL stadium.”
When asked about possible legal repercussions, Loomis said he wasn’t sure yet whether he would sue ESPN or not.
But he did say that he welcomed an investigation by the FBI and Louisiana State Police.
Loomis hinted that he has an idea about who went to the U.S. Attorney’s office, but that he would have done things different himself.
“I might but I wouldn’t accuse someone unless I was absolutely sure,” he said. “And unfortunately I didn’t get that consideration from the reporter at ESPN.”
Loomis said he was only notified of the story shortly before it ran on Monday, when he received a voicemail regarding it.