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Old 09-22-2007, 11:54 AM   #13
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Default Re: Patriots deliver 'spygate' materials to NFL HQ in NYC...
NFL destroys material from Pats
League got tapes, likely will not add to punishment

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has received and destroyed all materials it requested from the New England Patriots concerning videotaping of opponents' sidelines, and a league spokesman said the team was unlikely to face any further sanctions.

An NFL statement Thursday said the team was in compliance with a request for tapes and other documents.

"The Patriots have fully cooperated and complied with the requirements of the commissioner's decision," the statement said. "All tapes, documents and other records relating to this matter were turned over to the league office and destroyed, and the Patriots have certified in writing that no copies or other records exist.

"League policies on in-game videotaping and audio communication will continue to be closely monitored and strictly enforced with all 32 teams."

Last week, Patriots coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the team was fined $250,000 for violating a league rule that prohibits clubs from using a video camera on the sidelines for any purpose -- including recording signals relayed to opposing players on the field. New England also must forfeit a first-round draft pick next year if it makes the playoffs or a second- and third-rounder if it doesn't.

In response to the NFL statement, Belichick on Friday said: "My reactions are on how we're doing against Buffalo. That's all I'm thinking about."

Asked if there could be additional penalties, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told the Boston Herald: "I don't expect anything further."

A spokesman for the Patriots, Stacey James, said the team was satisfied the case was closed and was focused on Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

A video camera aimed at Jets coaches was confiscated from a Patriots employee during the first quarter of the team's 38-14 win Sept. 9 over New York. Jets coach Eric Mangini has had a cool relationship with Belichick since leaving as Patriots defensive coordinator after the 2005 season.

When asked if the Patriots' defensive players also used microphones or other recording devices in their shoulder pads to pick up Jets audibles, Aiello said: "We have no evidence to support that claim."
Maybe they didn't ask for the evidense or didn't even go there to look for it. Just called up and asked "Hey Bill your not also recording line signals are you?" and he said "Heavens no, why woulld you ask me that?" They replied "Just wondering that's all. Thanks for your help, great game Sunday, Oh yeh, you made all the copies you need right?" They asked "What copies? We gave you everything. Bye" Bill replied. This came from a fly on the wall.

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