|Belichick speaks with Goodell, apologizes for videotape flap|
|Written by Admin|
|Wednesday, 12 September 2007 05:22|
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - Patriots coach Bill Belichick apologized Wednesday for the commotion surrounding his team following accusations that his club spied on the Jets during New England's season-opening victory in New York.|
Belichick said he spoke with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell this week about a ``videotaping procedure'' during last Sunday's game and ``my interpretation of the rules.''
``At this point, we have not been notified of the league's ruling,'' Belichick said in a statement. ``Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league's decision, I will have further comment.''
At a news conference, Belichick refused to answer questions about the accusations, saying he said all he could in his statement. When pressed for a response, Belichick replied: ``Are there any questions about the Chargers? Anyone want to talk about the football game?''
The Patriots play San Diego on Sunday night.
The coach's statement follows a report that the NFL is considering punishing the Patriots for spying.
ESPN.com, citing league sources, reported Tuesday that Goodell has determined the Patriots violated league rules Sunday when they videotaped defensive signals by the Jets' coaches. But the report also said the Patriots have not yet presented their case to the league.
The Web site's report said Goodell is considering severe sanctions, including docking the Patriots ``multiple draft picks.''
A league spokesman, however, said only that an investigation is under way. Both teams said no decision has been made.
NFL security confiscated a video camera and tape from a Patriots employee during New England's 38-14 victory. The employee was accused of aiming his camera at the Jets' defensive coaches as they signaled to players on the field.
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