Re: [patriotzip] FW: Looks like Walsh is about to talk
- Oh, no, here we go again. Don't get me started. It'll be interesting to see what Walsh has to say and tapes or other "evidence" he may hold.
George <patswingr@...> wrote:Interesting, and, for Pats fans, encouraging information here. Very
interesting character, this Walsh guy. As much as anyone, pro or anti
Patriots or Belichick, I want to see this thing run to ground! I have to say
this, if Walsh's claims are true, a hell of a lot more people than Bill
Belichick have lied about it! I remain firmly in the "innocent until proven
An imperfect fan of the imperfect Patriots!
News reports say a deal between the NFL and Walsh is close.
The _Globe_ also had the following interesting article about Walsh:
http://www.boston. com/sports/ football/ patriots/ articles/ 2008/03/09/ to_some_p
atriots_accuser_ matt_walsh_ is_calculating_ bitter?mode= PF
With respect to the Rams taping claims, the article says:
A day later, the eve of the Super Bowl, the Boston Herald cited an
unidentified source saying the Patriots secretly videotaped the Rams in
their last practice - a walkthrough - before Super Bowl XXXVI at the
Superdome in New Orleans.
Goodell immediately deployed investigators, their focus largely on Walsh.
The commissioner previously had warned the Patriots that if Belichick or
team officials lied about the extent of their videotaping practices when
they were initially questioned, he would suspend Belichick for a year and
impose similarly severe penalties on the team.
The Patriots, with their historic season further tarnished by the
allegation, launched their own investigation. According to individuals
familiar with the inquiry by the Patriots, every employee who could have
been involved in taping the Rams, including video director Jimmy Dee,
assured chief executive Robert Kraft that no one, including Walsh, did so
unless the person acted without authorization, used his own video equipment,
and never mentioned or showed the recording to anyone else in the
Ken Deininger, who served 20 years as the video director until Dee replaced
him in 1999, spoke to Dee about the allegation last month at the Super Bowl.
Dee and team officials declined to be interviewed for this article.
"Jimmy was adamant that there was no way [Walsh] could have done it,"
A league source said NFL investigators found two practical reasons why the
Patriots could not have used their video equipment to tape the Rams the day
before the Super Bowl. First, the team's video crew did not take any battery
packs to the Superdome because they planned only to set up the equipment,
not to use it. Second, the league confirmed there was no electrical power
available at the camera positions in the stadium.
In addition, an NFL investigator interviewed a Patriots employee who left
the Superdome that day with Walsh and quoted Walsh as saying, "We should
have taped that," according to a person familiar with the league's inquiry.
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