Senator questions NFL destruction of Patriots "Spygate" tapes
Sen. Arlen Specter
(R-Pa.) is questioning the motives behind NFL's destruction of
the infamous Patriots "Spygate" scandal tapes.
before the Super Bowl 42 - the drama thickens. Senator Arlen
Specter, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee,
is asking the NFL for explanation of destroying the tapes, which
were part of the "Spygate" case involving the New England
Patriots. According to reports, the Senator wrote to NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell twice, in November and December, but
received no response. "That requires an explanation. The NFL
has a very preferred status in our country with their antitrust
exemption. The American people are entitled to be sure about the
integrity of the game. It's analogous to the CIA destruction of
tapes, or any time you have records destroyed," Sen. Specter
was quoted by The New York Times.
According to The Times, the Senate
Judiciary Committee will, at some point, call Goodell to testify
and explain why the evidence was destroyed. "What if there
was something on the tapes we might want to be subpoenaed, for
example? You can't destroy it. That would be obstruction of
justice," said Sen. Specter. NFL is blaming the postal
service - a spokesman for the league told The Times that the
letters from the Senator did not reach NFL until last week.
The "Spygate" scandal came to life on
September 9th, when New York Jets security officials caught a
Patriots assistant recording the Jets' defensive signals during
the Patriots - Jets game. The tapes were confiscated by NFL and
later destroyed. The league fined the Patriots $250,000 and
stripped them from a first-round pick in the 2008 draft, as well
as fined the Patriots head coach Bill Belichick $500,000.