Specter Ends Call For Investigation

Senator Arlen Specter says he's not going to pursue an investigation. Is this finally the end of the videotaping investigation of the Patriots?

The latest development in the videotaping controversy that has plagued the New England Patriots indicates that the entire issue may be coming to a close. Senator Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), told reporters recently that he was not going to pursue a senate investigation into the matter. Good news for those wanting the whole thing to go away.

"We've got too many other bigger problems to deal with," Specter said.

Specter first became involved in the videotaping controversy when a number of reports were published just prior to Super Bowl XLII indicating that former Patriot employee Matt Walsh knew about some inappropriate videotaping the team had done. After NFL commissioner Roger Goodell investigated the matter, meeting with Walsh, the NFL announced that unless additional material surfaced, the investigation into the Patriots activities would be closed.

Goodell had already ruled on the evidence Walsh's tapes contained. Bill Belichick was fined $500,000 and the team another $250,000 in September 2007 after a videotape was confiscated by the league showing that the team taped coaching signals of opponents. The Patriots also forfeited their first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Specter met with both Goodell and Walsh. Afterwards he called for an independent investigation into the matter, similar to the Mitchell investigation in baseball. The reasons he cited were a conflict of interest by certain parties involved in the interrogation of Walsh, and the perception that the investigation was not fully independent and impartial. Specter's congressional papers can be found on his senate website (specter.senate.gov).

With a public apology by one paper that ran the videotaping story the week of the Super Bowl, and under heavy criticism by his peers in the legislature, Specter is backing away from what is being called "Spygate."

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