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WASHINGTON (AP) - Bill Belichick has been illegally taping opponents' defensive signals since he became the New England Patriots' coach in 2000, according to Sen. Arlen Specter, who said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell told him that during a meeting Wednesday.

"There was confirmation that there has been taping since 2000, when Coach Belichick took over," Specter said.

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Specter said Goodell gave him that information during the 1-hour, 40-minute meeting, which was requested by Specter so the commissioner could explain his reasons for destroying the Spygate tapes and notes.

"There were a great many questions answered by Commissioner Goodell," Specter, the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters after the meeting. "I found a lot of questions unanswerable because of the tapes and notes had been destroyed."

Goodell said Belichick told him he believed the taping was legal; Goodell said he did not concur.

"He said that's always been his interpretation since he's been the head coach," the commissioner said. "We are going to agree to disagree on the facts."

Specter, from Pennsylvania, wants to talk to other league officials about what exactly was taped and which games may have been compromised.

"We have a right to have honest football games," he said.

Goodell noted that "we were the ones that disclosed" the Patriots' illegal taping of the New York Jets' defensive signals in Week 1 of last season. Further, Goodell said, they had an admission by Belichick.

"I have nothing to hide," Goodell said.

Goodell also told Specter that that he doesn't regret destroying the Spygate tapes or the notes.

"I think it was the right thing to do," Goodell said.

Still, Specter wants to know why penalties were imposed on Belichick before the full extent of the wrongdoing was known and the tapes destroyed in a two-week span. Asked if he thinks there was a coverup, Specter demurred.

"There was an enormous amount of haste," Specter said.

He scoffed at the reasons Goodell gave for destroying the tapes and notes, particularly about trying to keep them out of competitors' hands and because Belichick had admitted to the taping.

"What's that got to do with it? There's an admission of guilt, you preserve the evidence," Specter said. As for keeping the tapes out of the hands of others: "All you have to do is lock up the tapes."

Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team was fined $250,000 because of the Spygate incident. The Patriots also forfeited a first-round draft pick.

Specter has questioned the quality of the NFL's investigation into the matter and raised the possibility of congressional hearings if he wasn't satisfied with Goodell's answers. Specter also raised the threat of Congress canceling the league's antitrust exemption and reiterated that in the meeting with Goodell.

Goodell also said he has not heard from Matt Walsh, the former Patriots employee who performed some videotaping duties for the team.

Walsh told The Associated Press last week during the Pro Bowl in Hawaii that he couldn't talk about allegations that he taped a walkthrough practice by the St. Louis Rams before the 2002 Super Bowl. New England, a two-touchdown underdog, won that game 20-17.

Goodell said he has offered Walsh a deal whereby "he has to tell the truth and he has to return anything he took improperly" in return for indemnity. Specter said he, too, wanted to talk to Walsh and perhaps offer a different deal.

Goodell also said he reserves the right to reopen the investigation if more information is uncovered.

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Aren't there more important things for a fricken Senator of the United States to do...

Illegal Imigration

Identifying funding for alternative fuel research

Ensuring our troops have the tools they need

Finding ways to keep jobs and companies here in the US

I'm a Republican and I think Spector is a sphincter. What a tool.

:cool:

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atlballer (2/13/2008)
****, I guess any QB would look like the best in NFL history if you know what defense is coming.....I bet joey would look better than steve young if he knows where to go with the ball....

na dont get it twisted brady is still the best QB, and the checked the tapes, so he is the reason they won the SB.

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atlballer (2/13/2008)
****, I guess any QB would look like the best in NFL history if you know what defense is coming.....I bet joey would look better than steve young if he knows where to go with the ball....

Don't get carried away. Joey could know exactly what was going to happen, and still hold on to the ball so tight he thinks it could make him a good QB.

But yes, Bellicheat is a fraud.

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Look, I'm all for a level playing field, but I agree w/Chickenfried on this one. The govt. needs to stay out of this one and let the NFL handle it internally, as they appear to be doing. Steroids? Different animal as there are some illegal drugs laws. But this, pshaw! Unless we're talking gambling rings or some kind of RICO violation for taping games (oh, brother) then Sphincter needs to STFU!

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chickenfried (2/13/2008)
Aren't there more important things for a fricken Senator of the United States to do...

Illegal Imigration

Identifying funding for alternative fuel research

Ensuring our troops have the tools they need

Finding ways to keep jobs and companies here in the US

I'm a Republican and I think Spector is a sphincter. What a tool.

:cool:

I'm a little fuzzy on anti-trust issues but I think if the govt. repeals the NFL's exemption then there may be more money coming from the teams in taxes and so forth which could help fix 2 (#2 & 3) of the real issues you mentioned.

That being said, I agree. The govt needs to keep it's nose out of professional sports.

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every NFL team cheats. nobody remembers when the dolphins got caught cheating in 06 when they knew the pats plays.

That is totally different that what the Cheatriots have been doing. The Dolphins figured out their audibles from watching GAME FILM, not by illegally video taping teams.

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atlballer (2/13/2008)
****, I guess any QB would look like the best in NFL history if you know what defense is coming.....I bet joey would look better than steve young if he knows where to go with the ball....

na dont get it twisted brady is still the best QB, and the checked the tapes, so he is the reason they won the SB.

Wrong!! Vinetari (sp) is the reason...

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