U.S. Senator Arlen Specter says he is pursuing the “Spygate” case against the Patriots. Specter met for over an hour with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Wednesday to discuss why evidence turned over by the New England Patriots regarding their illegal videotaping of other teams was destroyed. Specter told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette he was not happy with Goodell’s response.
Specter says Goodell’s answer made no sense, saying the evidence was destroyed so no one could gain a competitive advantage. Specter asked Goodell if the Patriots ever taped the Steelers and was told four games were involved; the 2001 and 2004 AFC Championship games at Heinz Field and two regular-season games in 2002 and 2004. Specter says one problem is that Goodell imposed the punishment before he had all of the notes relating to any tapings. Specter says the taping of the New York Jets occurred on September 9th. Goodell fined the team and Bill Belichick September 13th, didn’t get the material until September 17th and destroyed the evidence on September 20th. “He imposed the fine before he had the notes and tapes,” Specter said. Specter says he may hold hearings into the case, which could also involve the Philadelphia Eagles, who lost to the Patriots in the 2004 Super Bowl.
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