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Old 02-27-2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default Does Goodell want to know what Walsh has on tape?

Does Goodell want to know what Walsh has on tape?
By Ron Borges
Feb. 26, 2008


Sounding not at all like Franklin D. Roosevelt, they all say they have nothing to fear but fear itself. If that?s the case, then why is it so difficult to agree not to sue a former low-level employee of the Patriots in exchange for taking a peek at his video collection and possibly listening to his audio collection?

Commissioner Roger Goodell kept saying for weeks that ?no one wants to talk with Matt Walsh more than we do,? after which he sent a guy from NFL security ? former FBI agent Dick Farley ? to investigate him at his former places of employment. Way to open a guy up to a chat.
Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter has become more than an interested spectator in what has become the embarrassing mess called Spygate II, which might morph into Audiogate I, as well, if Walsh has any of the tape recordings of conversations between himself and Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli that Walsh has been accused of making. Specter was so interested in the matter that he forced Goodell to come to his office in Washington. The senator was told the commissioner knew Farley worked for him but claimed he didn?t know Farley was investigating anybody.

That admission came after Goodell had insisted that destroying the evidence in Spygate I before he?d even seen it wasn?t all that unusual. He sounded like he could move right into management with the LAPD.

Goodell has unwisely treated this as the NFL treats most things ? as a public-relations problem. He says he acted swiftly when the first charges were leveled at Bill Belichick for cheating, although we now have learned he acted so swiftly he fined Belichick four days before the Patriots produced the notes and tapes he sought. How do you punish someone before you know what he did?

Then, it turns out, Goodell had his minions, including an attorney named Jeff Pash, who should have known better, destroy the evidence while they were in Foxborough, a move Goodell defends as ?the right thing to do.? How is destroying evidence the right thing to do?

That action now calls into question the alleged ?leaking? of a portion of one of those tapes to Fox-TV news maven Jay Glazer. At the time, Goodell was supposedly outraged, yet now we have learned that the tapes were destroyed by Pash and NFL vice president Ray Anderson while they were in Foxborough at the instruction of Goodell. What that means, if Goodell is to be believed, is that either the Patriots leaked it to make themselves look bad or Goodell?s office did it because if they destroyed the tapes in Foxborough, no one else would have ever had access to them.

No wonder Sen. Specter said of Goodell?s explanations, ?The words ?absurd? and ?ridiculous? keep coming to my mind because he says it with a straight face.?

Belichick himself came out with a forceful denial of ever having seen a tape of the Rams? pre-Super Bowl XXXVI walk-through or of any practice of any opponent at any time, for that matter. He didn?t mention, or his inquisitor never asked, if anyone in his employ had ever seen such a thing, broke it down and delivered him the information. That is, in fact, how it most often works for the head coach. Others break down the film, run the computer analysis and then deliver the information.

No one is saying that?s what happened in this case because no one yet knows if a tape of the Rams? final practice before Super Bowl XXXVI existed, but a head coach denying he ever saw it means only that. Why would he? That?s why he employs a Boy Scout troop full of wide-eyed men like Walsh was when he first came to New England as a P.R. intern.

Denials by Belichick and the Patriots mean very little, as do claims by Goodell about how badly the NFL wants to speak with Walsh, the former Patriots videographer who is now a golf pro in Hawaii.

The fact is that if the Patriots have nothing more to hide ? they already were caught red-handed running an illegal taping operation of opposing coaches flashing sideline signals despite having been specifically reminded by a league memo to all head coaches and general managers not to do it and then tried to weasel out of it by claiming a loophole in the rule that didn?t exist ? all they had to do from the start is release Walsh from the unusual non-disclosure agreement they forced him to sign when they fired him.

The same is true for Goodell and the league. If they wanted to talk with Walsh as badly as they say, they could have given him blanket indemnity from any lawsuit filed by the Patriots and been done with it. They also could have picked up the phone and called anyone he once worked for and asked if he had worked there, if all they were doing was ?confirming his employment,? as Goodell claimed. They didn?t have to send a former FBI agent to those employers in an effort to intimidate Walsh.

Where Spygate II and Audiogate I end up is anyone?s guess. All football fans should hope it ends up where the Patriots say it will, which is with nothing to fear but fear itself. But there?s a nagging feeling that there?s more to this. Why would you say you?ve kept videotapes for years that you say you can use against your old employer if you don?t have them? Why would you feel the need to audiotape phone conversations with an ex-boss, in this case Pioli, unless he was saying things that worried you?

It?s unlikely that the Collected Tapes of Scott Pioli will ever win a Grammy, so what was being said on them? Even more alarming: Why, when Matt Walsh was fired five years ago, did the Patriots feel compelled to force a kid whom Belichick claimed he ?couldn?t identify in a lineup? to sign a non-disclosure agreement before he left? Disclose what?

One has to wonder just how badly Roger Goodell really wants to know the answer to that question.

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Old 02-27-2008, 07:42 AM   #2
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Too bad Goodell has let this hang around so long. This could have been cleaned up by now if Goodell would do the right thing...well for that matter if Kraft, Belichick, and the patriots* would do the right thing!
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Too bad Goodell has let this hang around so long. This could have been cleaned up by now if Goodell would do the right thing...well for that matter if Kraft, Belichick, and the patriots* would do the right thing!

Thats just it stlrtruck, they don't want the truth to be known. I can understand the owners point. They and the rest of the NFL brass want this to go away. However I full well believe the extent of the cheating had to be huge. They must have cheated (using video and audio) in every game to include the super bowls. Now lots of money was won or lost because of this. Not to mention the head coatches that were fired and players that lost their jobs because of loosing to them. Families that had to relocate, and so on. We could go on and on about this. WE as fans want to know the truth. I want to know when I am watching the Steelers play that it is on a level playing field. Especially against the cheats. As for Pats fans I would think they would get sick of this and want to know the truth also. Thank God for the sports writers that still have a pair of balls to keep this in the air. Looking at what Goodall and now the compitition commitee and Owners have said on this, the only thing that makes sense is that the cheating had to have effected the outcome of the super bowls the Pats played. Also the playoff games. If it was no big deal like they want us to believe then Quoting your post mazkes all the sense in the world. Like you say it would be done by now. Sorry for the book. I just hate the Cheaters all the more this goes on.
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I think 20 years ago this story would have gone away already. But now with the 24/7 media mentality and 100's maybe even 1000's of media outlets all trying to one up each other for a story, this one's not going away anytime soon.
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Goodells name is on par with the Patriots* right now. They both know this is going to blow up in their faces if Walsh's tapes are released.
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yeah i agree they could have had this done a long time ago but they were just trying to sweep it under the rug.. they deserve it for cheating and trying to let it be erased from evryone's memories
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I think 20 years ago this story would have gone away already. But now with the 24/7 media mentality and 100's maybe even 1000's of media outlets all trying to one up each other for a story, this one's not going away anytime soon.
Its going to be the NFL's Roswell. The truth is out there but nobody will find it.
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Excuse my naivety but would the players of NE be in on "spygate" or would the coaches keep it to themselves?
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Pictures are worth a thousand words. Video taping is worth a $500,000 dollar fine.
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