New Orleans Saints fans should brace for worst in "Bounty" suspensions; Loomis allegations

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September 9, 2010; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on the field during warm ups prior to the NFL Kickoff season opener between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Most fans of the New Orleans Saints have tried to be optimistic in the last several months, but I suspect they might want to prepare themselves for the worst.

Not that fans shouldn’t be optimistic and look for a bright side, but lately when it comes to the Saints it’s getting harder.  Fans are still rallying around the team despite some recent events.

The latest being a report by ESPN’s “Outside the Line” that general manager Mickey Loomis allegedly had a device set up in his suite in the Mercedes Benz Super Dome from 2002-2004 that allowed him to listen in on opposing teams audio communications.

The communications were allegedly to be the game chatter that occurred on both offense and defense.  The Saints say that this was false and requested evidence from ESPN on the allegations, which ESPN reportedly refused to give.

Loomis himself has said this report is false and did not occur.  He has also hinted that he may possibly try to seek a civil suit for defamation against the ESPN Network or anyone involved in the story.

Another piano waiting to drop on fans are the impending suspensions from the “Bounty” or “pay for performance” investigation.  This morning, NFL Network’s Rich Eisen didn’t give encouraging news on that front.

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