NFL destroys 'spygate' materials
Patriots turn over all requested items to league office
Posted: Thursday September 20, 2007 11:26PM; Updated: Thursday September 20, 2007 11:26PM
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NEW YORK (AP) -- The NFL has received and destroyed all materials it requested from the New England Patriots concerning videotaping of opponents' sidelines.
A league 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.
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, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said: "We have no evidence to support that claim."
If there wasn't nothing wrong with the tapes, why were they destroyed? And not just returned to the Patriots? Sounds like the NFL is just sweeping this under the rug.