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Old 02-18-2008, 03:58 AM   #1
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Belichick breaks silence on taping

BOSTON (AP) -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick broke his silence on New England's twin taping controversies, denying he told anyone to tape the St. Louis Rams' walkthrough before the 2002 Super Bowl and apologizing for all the attention generated by Spygate.

Belichick also told the Boston Globe he "couldn't pick Matt Walsh out of a lineup." Walsh, a former Patriots employee, reportedly taped St. Louis' walkthrough practice the day before the Patriots beat the Rams 20-17 in the championship.

"In my entire coaching career, I've never seen another team's practice film prior to playing that team," Belichick said in a story posted on the Globe's Web site Sunday night. "I have never authorized, or heard of, or even seen in any way, shape, or form any other team's walkthrough. We don't even film our own."

Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli also told the newspaper that part of the reason Walsh was fired in January 2003 was because he secretly recorded conversations between himself and Pioli.

Michael Levy, Walsh's attorney, said Pioli's account was a "complete fabrication."

"This is a predictable and pathetic effort to smear Mr. Walsh's character rather than confront the truth about the Patriots' conduct," Levy said in the Globe story.

Levy has said his client is willing to turn over videotapes he made for the team if the NFL guarantees Walsh protection from lawsuits or other legal action.

Commissioner Roger Goodell has said he offered Walsh a deal requiring him "to tell the truth and he has to return anything he took improperly" in return for indemnity, but Levy has said the deal doesn't go far enough.

Goodell fined Belichick $500,000, the Patriots $250,000 and took away a first-round draft choice after the Patriots were caught taping New York Jets' coaches in last year's season opener, a 38-14 New England victory.

Belichick said he misinterpreted the rule, which he felt only prohibited taping that could be used during the same game.

He also apologized for the controversy the taping caused.

"I respect the integrity of the game and always have and always will," he said in the Globe story. "I regret that any of this, or to whatever extent, it has in any way brought that into question or discussion or debate. The decision was made by the commissioner, the practice was immediately stopped, and we're not doing it.

"Just going back over the whole taping incident, if I contacted the league and asked them about the practice, I'm sure they would have told me - as they have done - that it is not permissible. Then I could have avoided all of this.

"I take responsibility for it," he said. "Even though I felt there was a gray area in the rule and I misinterpreted the rule, that was my mistake and we've been penalized for it. I apologize to everybody that is involved - the league, the other teams, the fans, our team, for the amount of conversation and dialogue that it's caused."

The day before the Patriots' 17-14 loss to the New York Giants in this year's Super Bowl, the Boston Herald reported New England taped St. Louis' walkthrough before the first of the Patriots' three Super Bowl victories. In a walkthrough, teams practice plays at a slower pace than normal without pads or helmets.

Patriots spokesman Stacey James did not return phone calls or an e-mail seeking comment Sunday night.
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:06 AM   #2
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He apologizes to everybody involved.... for the amount of conversation and dialogue that it's caused???? WTF??

How about apologizing for being a low-down, dirty, ball sucking, scumbag cheater??? (and a poor liar to boot!)
I wonder if this is how this buttclown apologized to his wife for cheating on her....

"I take responsibility for it. Even though I felt there was a gray area in the 'forsaking all others' rule and I misinterpreted the rule, that was my mistake and I have been penalized for it. I apologize to everybody that is involved - my family, my girlfriends family, my wife,and for the amount of conversation and dialogue that it's caused."

"As for the naked married woman that I was seeing...."I couldn't pick her out of a lineup."
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:01 AM   #3
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Default Re: Belichick breaks silence on taping

Too little too late - even League apologists like Peter King are, in a backhanded way, saying if it takes grandstanding by Specter to get to the bottom of this then so be it - there is enough out there that Belicheat 's conduct must continue to be investigated:

I think if the silly lawsuit filed by the former Rams player we've never heard of, or the rantings of Arlen Specter can get us closer to the bottom of how much the Patriots taped and whether those tapes ever influenced the outcome of a Super Bowl, I'm all for it.

The most significant thing I've read in the last few days came from Dave Goldberg of the Associated Press, who got the attorney of former Patriot video aide Matt Walsh to reveal that Walsh has tapes from his employment with the Patriots. Tapes, plural. This thing will not go to bed until we know what is on those tapes. Which leads us to ...
I think it's inevitable. We've got to hear what Walsh has to say. If we don't, the world will root against Bill Belichick even harder next year (that's hard to imagine) because they'll be sure he's been cheating since 2000, and probably before, and wasn't punished enough by the commissioner.

If we do hear from Walsh, then the book should be closed either way. Either Belichick will get whacked more by Roger Goodell, or the Patriots will be able to say: "See? We really didn't gain an edge taping Super Bowl foes illegally.'' And we can be done with it.

I've said this from the beginning: If an edge was gained in any of the three three-point New England Super Bowl wins, that puts this story on a different level. That's why we must chase every lead to discover if any evidence exists that any of those Super Bowls were compromised. And I don't care what any pooh-poohing coach will say. In my opinion, if a team tapes a walkthrough the day before a Super Bowl, and knows which plays the opposition runs at that walkthrough, it's an advantage. Potentially a big advantage.


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Well lookie who I found. It's Beliprick* and Goodell.

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Well lookie who I found. It's Beliprick* and Goodell.

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I don't see anything.........................
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Default Re: Belichick breaks silence on taping

I love how the Patriots* organization show how crooked they are...from top to bottom... by trying to smear Walsh's name in a preemptory strike.

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OHHHHHH...I see. He already HAD a history of secretly taping things...outside of the Patriot * organizations knowledge.

How transparant is that....what a bunch of crooked...slimy...lying...pieces of crap.

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This story just keeps getting better. Regardless of the final outcome the patsies have been exposed and no one will ever look at them the same again.

Behind closed doors, even the most loyal patsie fans know this.
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I don't see anything.........................
It's a picture of Pinocchio with Jiminy Cricket on the end of his nose scolding him.
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