NFL officials do not intend to take action on the allegation of electronic eavesdropping against the New Orleans Saints until the legal process has run its course, a person familiar with the situation said Tuesday.
The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the league generally refrains from acting on an issue when law enforcement is involved until after the legal process has played out. The league plans to take that approach in this matter, the person said.
The Saints denied a report Monday by ESPN that General Manager Mickey Loomis had a device in his suite at the Superdome enabling him to listen to the conversations of opposing coaches during games in the 2002 to 2004 seasons. A league spokesman said Monday the NFL had no prior knowledge of that allegation.
According to ESPN’s report, law enforcement officials were aware of the allegation against Loomis and the accusation, if corroborated, could represent a violation of laws governing the privacy of electronic communications.