State Police's top cop confirmed that the Louisiana State Police are joining with FBI in investigation into the single-sourced ESPN wiretapping allegations involving New Orleans Saints.
'I personally spoke to Dave Welker, he's the Special Agent In Charge of the FBI Office here in Louisiana, down in New Orleans and what I can confirm is I have assigned a state police investigator, one that works on a daily basis with the FBI anyway, I have assigned him to the case,' said Col. Mike Edmondson, superintendent of State Police.
'I think's it's important at this point that we look at those allegations and we determine which ones are factual. If they are factual, what part of state law did they effect,' said Edmondson.
The move comes a day after ESPN published a story allegeding that Saints general manager Mickey Loomis had an electronic device re-wired in his Superdome suite so he could listen to opposing coaches during games at the Superdome.
'There is a clearly defined state law on wiretapping in Louisiana. We will be looking at that from that perspective. Let's keep in mind at this point they are merely allegations. We deal strictly in facts when we work a case of law in Louisiana. That's what state police will be reviewing,' said Edmondson.
Officials from the Saints have vehemently denied the allegations in the story.
'This report is 1000 percent false,' Bensel said Tuesday. 'Completely inaccurate. We asked ESPN to provide us evidence to support their allegations and they refused. The team and Mickey are seeking all legal recourse regarding these false allegations.'
The local U.S. Attorney's office confirmed that allegations have been made as well.
'All I can do is simply confirm that we were made aware of this allegation on Friday,' U.S. Attorney Jim Letten said. 'We really can't say much more. I can't indicate what action we took, except to say we always go by the book.'