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February 14, 2008
by Ryan Hudson
Seemingly lost in yesterday's steroid hearings and the latest Kelvin Sampson recruiting scandal was the fact that Roger Goodell, the Commissioner of the NFL, was having his own meetings with a senator, where we learned that this (silly) "Spygate" thing has been going on for some time:
Bill Belichick has been illegally taping opponents' defensive signals since he became the New England Patriots' coach in 2000, according to Sen. Arlen Specter, who said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told him that during a meeting Wednesday.
Specter's biggest concern seemed to center around the destruction of the tapes the Patriots handed over to the league, something with which Goodell still sees no problem:
"We had an admission of guilt. There was no purpose for the tapes. The tapes are competitive. They contained nothing other than the coaches signals that had any violation of our policy. So there was no purpose to that. I didn't want them to have access to that, and I don't want the other 32 teams to have access to it."
OK, well, at least we got that all out in the open. I'm just glad its finally all over with...wait, what?
Specter has raised the possibility of congressional hearings if he wasn't satisfied with Goodell's answers. Specter also raised the threat of Congress canceling the league's antitrust exemption.
Awesome. More congressional hearings. Can't wait.