Cheating has multiple definitions with a variety of contexts per any dictionary. Despite the differences, there is an unrelenting similarity. Cheating is unacceptable, in marriage, in life and perhaps most importantly for die hard fans, in sports.
If the recent news of the New Orleans Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis utilizing an electronic device to “eavesdrop” on opposing teams signals is true, he should be banned from the National Football League for life.
ESPN’s Outside the Lines, a tremendous program when investigating any and all matters sports, reported on Monday that Loomis, with the assistance of Superdome staffers, had rigged a device in his private luxury box to use during games to listen in on opposing coaches headsets. Nobody knows what, if anything, Loomis did with the information he was reportedly receiving. The fact is, it doesn’t matter.
Loomis’ actions are that of a man arrogant enough to think he was about the law, both federally and of the NFL shield. There isn’t a rationale on the planet to exonerate a man of such actions, and a staunch denial of all claims should be expected.
The saddest part of the realization of cheating is how it will undoubtedly tarnish every win, not to mention a Super Bowl championship, for each win that the Saints have tallied with Loomis at the helm.
While the OTL report stipulates the device was used between 2002-2004, cheaters know no calendar. It’s unfathomable to think Loomis would have all of a sudden walked the straight and narrow, without first feeling the wrath of NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Despite the Saints well documented history of futility in the latter part of the last millennium, this past offseason may wind up being the most embarrassing time in the franchise’s history. Coupled with “Bounty-gate”, the most recent sequel to “Spygate”, and it’s tough to think the Saints franchise can move on with the same cast of characters in place.
Some have called “Bounty-gate” the most egregious scandal in league history. Roger Goodell obviously thought so when he handed down some of the stiffest penalties in league history. Given these two scandals, and it is clear just how cavalier Loomis has been.
Second chances are a virtual right of passage in our society, and this columnist takes no issue with our ability to forgive and forget. But Mickey Loomis’ second chance should be outside of football and the NFL entirely. The acts he committed cast a cloud large enough to sour even a New Orleans parade.
He is by any definition, a cheater, and the NFL needs to throw the book at him. Perhaps a dictionary.