View Full Version : Former Patriots Video Assistant Reaches Deal With N.F.L.
04-23-2008, 02:06 PM
After more than two months of negotiating, Matt Walsh, a former Patriots video assistant, is ready to share with the N.F.L. any information he has related to the league’s investigation of the New England Patriots’ videotaping tactics.
A statement from Walsh’s lawyer, Michael N. Levy, said the N.F.L. would “provide legal indemnification and a release of claims against Mr. Walsh relating to his employment by the Patriots and the Patriots’ videotaping operations.”
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NEW YORK (AP)—Roger Goodell is fully prepared to crack down again on the New England Patriots if his meeting with Matt Walsh uncovers a tape made of the St. Louis Rams’ final walkthrough practice before the 2002 Super Bowl.
“Taping a walkthrough is much different from what I punished them for,” the NFL commissioner said Thursday at a meeting of a group representing the Associated Press Sports Editors.
After more than two months of negotiations, lawyers for the league and Walsh, the former New England employee, finally reached agreement Wednesday on terms that will allow him to talk Goodell. They include an agreement by the Patriots not to sue Walsh and to pay his legal expenses and his airfare to New York from Hawaii, where he is now a golf pro.
Walsh’s name first surfaced just before the Super Bowl, in which the Patriots were upset by the New York Giants after finishing the regular season 16-0 and winning two playoff games. Among the allegations was that the Patriots illegally taped the Rams’ final walkthrough before that title game, when New England, a two-touchdown underdog, upset St. Louis 20-17.
Five months before their loss to the Giants, New England coach Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team $250,000 for taping the New York Jets’ defensive signals during the season opener. The Patriots also lost their first-round pick in this weekend’s draft.
Goodell said Thursday he has no idea what Walsh, who spent six years as a New England employee, has to offer than what the league already knows: Belichick had been taping defensive signals since first becoming Patriots coach in 2000. He noted, however, that the league, which destroyed the tapes from the Jets game after reviewing them, had spoken to 50 people in connection with the case and that Walsh was the only one who asked for legal protection.
Belichick has emphatically denied taping the walkthrough. “I have never taped a practice, certainly not that one,” New England’s coach has said repeatedly.
Goodell said his mind is open on the subject.
On other matters, Goodell said:
04-24-2008, 05:06 PM
Here's my explanation of the deal in lots of depth:
The Matt Walsh-NFL Indemnity Agreement: A First-Hand Review of What It Means (http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2008/04/24/the-matt-walsh-nfl-indemnity-agreement-a-first-hand-review-of-w/)
I was quoted in the New York Times this morning. I must admit to that being a bit surreal:
Former Patriots Video Assistant Reaches Deal With N.F.L. (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/24/sports/football/24patriots.html?em&ex=1209182400&en=be624dbf8a1480b6&ei=5087%0A)
04-24-2008, 05:12 PM
Matt Walsh: traitor! :shades:
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